How We Talk About Tech, Then & Now | KQED News

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Transcript 0:03 – At the heart of this story 0:04 is the Silicon Valley, 0:06...

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– At the heart of this story
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is the Silicon Valley,
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a sprawling complex of electronics companies
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at the southern tip of San Francisco Bay.
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– A technological revolution hit the Valley
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in the early ’70s,
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and most of us have benefited in some way from the results.
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Computerized products are now an everyday part of our lives.
0:21
– [Electronic Voice] The correct spelling of ‘Health’
0:23
is H E–
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– And the key to that miniaturization
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is this tiny silicon chip, the brainchild of an engineer
0:30
at Intel Corporation in Santa Clara.
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In theory, this same basic chip
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can do everything from switching on a roast
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to guiding missiles,
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– As this 1984 computer fair shows,
0:40
personal computers are on the move.
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This year the buzzword here is ‘personal productivity.’
0:45
Systems and software that help professionals write,
0:48
analyze, and do their work equally well,
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whether at the office or at home.
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– Having learned the value of the machine
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in the workplace, people then have it flow over
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into the home, into their recreation
1:00
and betterment of their lives.
1:03
– With its new Macintosh computer, for example,
1:05
Apple offers a mouse, a handheld device,
1:08
which permits freehand design on the computer screen.
1:13
– Have you ever borrowed a book…
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from thousands of miles away?
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Or crossed the country…
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without stopping for directions?
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Or sent someone a fax…
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From the beach?
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You will.
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– The implied promise, of course,
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is that the new technology will free us
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from the traditional boundaries which now constrain us.
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But trends in our current use of technology
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suggest a much different future.
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One where a profusion of gadgets
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leaves us without a moment to call our own.
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– My top priority has always been our social mission
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of connecting people, building community,
2:00
and bringing the world closer together.
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– We’ve been focused ever more on our core mission
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of organizing the world’s information.
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– The more you learn about technology,
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the more you learn what’s possible.
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– I’m not trying to be anyone’s savior,
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I just try to think about the future and not be sad.
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(audience applauds)

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