My first computer was a Macintosh Plus. My father, a musician, bought it to use as a digital sequencer for creating new compositions. Sitting in his lap at just two years old, I watched in awe as he created incredible new sounds from a plastic keyboard. Playing games on it, I desperately wanted to create new and exciting adventures of my own. That small, gray box with a small, gray screen inspired a sense of wonder and joy that remains with me every time I touch a computer to this day.
Steve Jobs changed my life. He changed the way we interact with the world, and nearly every computer, phone and device today bears his mark in some way, large or small. President Obama expressed it powerfully in his statement this evening:
Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.
Thank you, Steve. For inspiring us all to think differently, and create insanely great things every day.