Apple’s Steve Wozniak to address GBS on Feb 24

February 5, 2018
A technology pioneer, Wozniak cofounded Apple computers with Steve Jobs in April 1976 with a corpus of $1,300.

The maverick Apple cofounder, Steve Wozniak, will be a star speaker at the 2018 edition of the Global Business Summit (GBS), presented by Yes Bank and the Economic Times.

The tech maven, affectionately known as ‘The Woz’, will address the power-packed GBS audience on February 24, at New Delhi’s Taj Palace Hotel. In a fireside chat on Saturday morning, Wozniak will be speaking on ‘Rebooting Silicon Valley: Dealing with Monopolies, Culture Wars & Greed’.

A technology pioneer, Wozniak cofounded Apple computers with Steve Jobs in April 1976 with a corpus of $1,300.

Wozniak, who arguably has been called ‘the inventor of the personal computer’, was the computing and software genius who invented Apple I and Apple II computers.

And his tech wizardry combined with Job’s vision, drive and business-savvy mood ended up creating one of the most successful companies of all time. Things may have changed a lot in the Silicon Valley since Wozniak designed computers in a garage 42 years ago, but the 67-year-old still hasn’t lost his enthusiasm for technology and his sharp wit.

Ever the astute observer, Wozniak thinks that Silicon Valley, which mints more new billionaires than any other place in the world, is now attracting the wrong kind of people, and money is becoming the priority.

For the tech pioneer, privacy is a big issue that Silicon Valley companies have failed to deal with and he personally doesn’t use platforms like Facebook and Google much because of their massive data collection operations. Though Woz was an artificial intelligence sceptic earlier, recently he has changed his point of view view and now believes AI will be beneficial to mankind. And trust Wozniak to never pull back the punches even when the man on the other side may be Elon Musk.

Recently, the tech pioneer said that Tesla’s self-driving technology was overhyped and Musk was using cheap tactics to sidetrack responsilities for his company’s own faults. And the man still gets technology like nobody else-—even riding the bitcoin wave successfully. Wozniak bought bitcoin at $700 and sold it before the crash.

The Apple cofounder is known for his gregarious personality and a penchant for fun. In fact, in 1973, Wozniak started a dial-a-joke service in the San Francisco Bay Area.

There is also a philosophical side to the nerdy inventor. At age 20, the Woz decided happiness and laughter are more important to him than the riches and yet ended up making a mark in tech history. So be there to listen — and learn.

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