This post was originally published at Cult of Mac
When I heard about Steve Jobs’ resignation as Apple’s CEO on Wednesday afternoon I mentioned casually to a friend my assessment that “he’s probably the most influential human being of the past one hundred years.”
My friend laughed and said, “no way, you really think so?”
I challenged him to come up with someone more influential–and after a couple of minutes we agreed that Jobs’ influence on the course of human affairs has been something on the order of magnitude of Thomas Edison’s.
Another friend later ventured the opinion that the Dalai Lama or perhaps Adolph Hitler, or maybe Freud or Carl Jung had been more influential than Steve Jobs–but after having had more time to think about it, I’m sticking to my guns: in the past one hundred years, no single human being has had a greater influence on the way humans behave than Steve Jobs.