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Digital icon imparts his wisdom in Melbourne
Revolutionary technological whiz, Steve Wozinak has landed in Australia to impart his wisdom on the ever-changing sphere of the digital world. Known as the "Woz", the innovative icon delivered an awe-inspiring talk at the Margaret Court Arena. "The world needs inventors – great ones. You can be one. If you love what you do and are willing to do what it really takes, it's within your reach."
Hosted by Dr Jordan Nguyen, Woz spoke about his love of electronics as a 10-year-old. Wozinak was born in San Jose California in 1950 and wanted to follow in the footsteps of his to electronics engineer father, Francis Jacob Wozinak. He loved watching his father tinker with chips and transmitters and never imagined becoming a digital icon. "I didn't think my job was going to be to design computers as a life time career. I was going to go to college, become an electrical engineer like my dad and I was going to spend my years designing televisions and radios".
Given his great sense of humour and love of all things electronic, Woz became an avid practical joker. In high school Woz decided to play a trick on his fellow driver's education classmates. "I made a device that was like a police siren just to see if anyone would pull over". Woz shared with the eager audience. "I was very shy and this was my way of interacting with people"
With an impressive resume across Atari and Hewlett-Packard, Woz has been classed as a digital genius. Woz revolutionised home computing along side Steve Jobs, who he met at the recommendation of a mutual friend. "You should meet Steve Jobs, you and he have something in common," retold Woz. "You both love electronics and he also plays pranks at the local high school".
The pair met in 1971 and their friendship spanned a number of decades. "I was really shy and had one best friend in the world - and that was Steve". Woz made several references to Jobs throughout the evening and was happy to set the record straight on misrepresentations in the media and in the movie Steve Jobs.
Woz's keenly answered audience questions at the end of the evening and offered advice. "Work hard and don't ever be in a position where people can say you took advantage of them".