Remembering Steve Jobs

5 10 2011

I was so saddened to hear about the loss of Steve Jobs this evening.  He was a visionary, philanthropist, and from what I’ve read and heard, a great human being.

I remember spending hours in my elementary school classroom, many years ago doodling on the Apple IIe and at the time being in awe of the images I was able to create with various symbols and how incredible it was to actually learn about the outside world with the use of a computer.

Today with my education in biology and interactive media, it has come full circle in that I am now endeavoring to educate children and adults alike about ecology and conservation through my brands BioDesign/EcoActive with the help of the Internet, interactive media, and the high-tech devices available to us today.  All of it, at least in part as a result of Steve Jobs.

Without Steve’s vision and desire to make handheld computers a common household item, I would not be able to do this. We wouldn’t have digital USB microscopes, smartphones and their apps such as LeafSnap, iPads, and many other devices available to ordinary citizens to do such amazing work like amateur field research and citizen news.

As my social media pages are now being inundated with endless numbers of status updates of friends and family, expressing their appreciation and their shock for the loss of this man, I can at least find comfort in knowing that he did truly touch millions and millions of lives in ways that most of us never really understood until now.

Thank you Steve and rest in peace.

Sean H. Smith

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