Video: An interview with Steve Jobs, rare and unedited

This lost footage from 1990 gives an hour-long uncut look into the mind of the late Apple co-founder

Since we're celebrating the Macintosh's 30th birthday, let's dive back into the archives for a 1990 interview with Steve Jobs. The video below is raw interview footage, which is interesting in its own right -- you'll see Jobs do multiple takes of answers and the staff deal with broken lighting -- and it gives a truly unedited look at the Apple boss.

The interview is close to an hour long, so it covers plenty of territory. It allows Jobs to wax philosophic, as when he notes that "humans are tool-builders, and we can fashion tools that amplify these inherent abilities that we have to spectacular magnitudes.... [Computers can take humans] far beyond our inherent abilities, and we're at the early stages of this tool."

It also features Jobs discussing the big revolutions in computing. The first one, in his estimation, was spreadsheets, the second was desktop publishing, and the third was networking, which was just starting to happen in 1990. As Jobs puts it, computer networking (that is, the Internet) will "do for human-to-human communication what spreadsheets did for financial planning."

When it comes to Apple Computer itself, Jobs first clarifies that he had no intention of starting a company (he just wanted to build computers for his friends), but once he did, in fact, start a company, he says that the Macintosh represented how Apple looked to differentiate itself from the competition: "The whole idea of the Macintosh was a computer for people who want to use a computer rather than learn how to use a computer."

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