Although I’m not a fan of Apple or Steve jobs I don’t think its fair to blame him or the company for the demise of Kodak, I had a digital colour camera in 2001, not much bigger, about four times as heavy and many times less powerful than the one I have now, but costing in relative terms far more.
That’s a trivial point however, I though this was an excellent article which caputres the flaw in the characters of Silicon Valley tech billionaires that will lead to their downfall because they all, like the central characters in Shakespearean tragedy seem unable to address it, and that is their almost total deficiency in the humanity department. It was not Shakespeare of course, but Robert Burns who coined the phrase “Man’s inhumanity to man,” yet even the cruelties burns referred to have a human quality. The actions and lack of awareness shown by successful tech nerds suggests they are completely disconnected from their fellow humans.
In the early 1960s a British comedian named Peter Cook created the character, E.L. Wisty, a sad, delusional man who was Chairman and President of The World Domination Society, the only other member, his friend spotty Muldoon was Secretary and also in charge of tea and biscuits (cookies to American readers). I sometimes wonder if Silcon Valley is populated by the offspring of E L Wisty.