Steve Wozniak on education, innovation and progress

Steve Wozniak interviewed by Nido Qubein

In this interview, you can feel the passion for education and explore the future of education seen by a person that has a zest for education and who did have a great impact on the world. 


Steve Wozniak was born August 11, 1950 and is an American inventor, computer engineer and programmer who co-founded Apple Computer (now Apple Inc.) with Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne. Wozniak single-handedly invented both the Apple I and Apple II computers in the late 1970s. These computers contributed significantly to the microcomputer revolution.




Technology is always changing because of smart people. 
Smart scientists.
Smart technicians.
Smart engineers.

I was learning for fun.
I was doing it for fun.
It was fun.
At 14 I knew that computers would gonna be the passion of my life. 

A fast computer doesn't solve a problem. 
It's the intellect of a mind, it's the intu├»tion that solves a problem. 

Love is a feeling.
Young people love their mobile because it's allows them to connect the world.

Education has been the thing I cared for the most next to technology. 




The great revolution would be if we could save, recover the drop-outs.
Schooling builds upon what you have done before.
If you get behind, you never "suddenly" recover.
Once you get behind, you stay behind forever.
If you could have one teacher per student you could never fail.
I mean this literary.
This would solve the problem.
With 30 in a class, a teacher cannot adapt at the individual student's problems and needs.
What if a computer could be the teacher.
What if a computer had all the knowledge and could present it.
With computers we can have 30 lowcost teachers overseen by one human.
Every student could go at different speeds at different subjects.
They could even decide, when they go into highschool, they want to focus in a different direction like you do in college.
It hasn't happened.
We haven't changed the paradigm yet.
We should go to the new paradigm of education.
Someone could go trough high-school in 2 years, some in 6 or 8 years.
But the grade which used to be the variable, should be fixed.
You don't get out untill you're capable. 

When you love it, the education comes out.

It's less important what you teach, it's more important to make it so fun and interesting that they want to learn it. 

A good teacher is an enabler of learning. 

To me, if a computer sat there unused, that was a crime.

I was shy as a kid. I've gone up a not so smooth stair becoming not shy. It's taken a long journey.

You learn very well instantly. 
You don't learn well when you get the right answer the next day. 

The first "killer app" was a spreadsheet.

4th - 6th graders, 10 - 12 year young kids, can learn every single thing about any computer, that's digital. 
Any digital thing doesn't need advanced math, doesn't need algebra even. 

One word to discribe Steve Jobs: hyper.
He was a very fast thinker. 

The judge of the school: what do the students do after the study? 



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