Tour the former ruins of Steve Jobs' now-demolished mansion

In 1984, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs purchased Jackling House, a mansion that had been built for the copper magnate Daniel Cowan Jackling. Although Jobs had the building demolished last year prior to his death, it spent several years as a crumbling ruin of its former glory, a fading memorial to one of the great… » 3/04/12 7:00am 3/04/12 7:00am

RIP Steve Jobs, who made the world more science fictional

Today Steve Jobs' death has us all reflecting on how a technology entrepreneur could have changed our lives so much, leaving us a world where we can't imagine daily life without Apple products. Partly that was because Jobs was never just a technologist. He always seemed to start with a social or cultural question,… » 10/05/11 6:28pm 10/05/11 6:28pm

Coming Soon from China: Dystopic Futures, the Next Steve Jobs, and a…

Click to view » 8/15/08 9:00am 8/15/08 9:00am I'm a total sports nut. Olympic season makes my bones shiver with excitement. But this year, I took my mind off record-breaking swim relays and super-twisty gymnastics routines for a minute to consider the host country's techno-socio-political future. The opening ceremony confirmed my theory that China…

A Brief History of Reality Distortion Fields, Starring Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs is the first non-science fiction character to possess a reality distortion field (RDF). Apple's MacWorld 2008 conference kicks off tomorrow with a keynote from Jobs, which leaves gadget lovers and iPod fiends white-knuckled on Tuesday morning as news of the next "insanely great" thing trickles out of… » 1/14/08 11:00am 1/14/08 11:00am