Super U Podcast | Why Steve Jobs Banned the iPad | The Focus Project #23
This audible clip from Erik Qualman’s #1 Bestselling book The Focus Project covers why Steve Jobs banned his kids from using the iPad.
5x #1 Bestselling Author and Motivational Speaker Erik Qualman has performed in over 55 countries and reached over 50 million people this past decade. He was voted the 2nd Most Likable Author in the World behind Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling. Qualman is also the inventor of the bestselling board game Kittycorn.
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Why Steve Jobs Banned the iPad | The Focus Project #23
“From a very young age, Philo Taylor Farnsworth dreamed of a better world. At the age of 14, Philo aspired to trap light in an empty jar from where he could be transmitted in 1927. At the age of 21, Philo succeeded in creating the first electronic television transmission, Philo evolved his first model into an all-electric television image, allowing the image of his wife Pam to become the first human image to be transmitted. Pam appeared on a television screen, finding the love of television and all of its possibilities to better the world. He believed television could transform our educational system. According to his wife, Pam, Phil saw television as a marvelous teaching tool. There’d be no excuse for illiteracy parents could learn along with their children, and news and sporting events can be seen as they were happening.
Philo is passionate and inspired by his new invention. symphonies would mean more when one could see the musicians as they played, and educational movies can now be viewed in our own living rooms. Philo said there will be a time when we will be able to see and learn about people and other lands. If everyone understood each other better differences could be settled around conference tables instead of wars. In essence, television could break down these cultural barriers. As television evolved Philo’s attitude towards invention changed, and he disliked the commercial reality of television programming. Similar to Steve Jobs banning his kids from using the iPad. Philo forbade his son Kent from watching TV, Ken recalls his father’s perspective on television stating, I suppose you could say that he felt he had created a monster, a way for people to waste a lot of their lives. Originally follow us on television as a way to expand our horizons and live fuller lives. But as television evolved, he realized how limiting television really was. It prohibited people from going out and exploring the world around them. Instead, people can sit and watch from the comfort of their homes.
Today, we have even more media outlets and gadgets to distract us. It’s not that the tools are inherently bad. In fact, there can be amazing learning tools. The problem arises when we aren’t intentional with our use and consumption. If we are mindlessly consuming media instead of being intentional, we can easily fall into the trap that Philo indicated. Isn’t it interesting that we are witnessing history repeat itself? Instead of TV? It’s social media and video games. Please keep in mind as the author of Socialnomics. I love technology. Similar to Philo, I love technology for its educational capabilities and its ability to globally connect us. The more we understand each other’s cultural differences, the less we will need to go to war to resolve these differences. Just like the TV, the way we use these tech tools can either be good or bad for us. Philo prevented his son from watching TV and Steve Jobs prevented his kids from using the iPad. As Jobs stated, We don’t allow the iPad in the home we think it’s too dangerous for them in effect. Clearly, Jobs recognize how addictive the iPad can be. We must learn to use these incredible technological tools for better outcomes.”
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