Steve Wozniak: 'Machines Won 200 Years Ago'

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In the war between humans and machines, Steve Wozniak believes the machines have already won.

"Machines won 200 years ago," Wozniak told the Interzone conference, which culminated Friday with a much-anticipated presentation by the Apple co-founder.

After spending time meeting conference attendees, Wozniak joined Twitter CTO Adam Messinger, GoDaddy CIO Arne Josefsberg and moderator Peter Coffee for a panel discussion called "The End of a Silicon Valley Bedtime Story."

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The panel tackled a host of topics, including internet as a utility, net neutrality, the limits of brands, attracting great talent and whether or not machines will eventually become sentient.

While commenting on whether internet should be considered an essential utility — a designation that would make it regulated — Wozniak revealed he lives without broadband internet at his home because his hometown simply doesn't offer it. He also drives a segway.

Here's a sample of what we heard from each speaker:

Steve Wozniak, when asked about machines as sentient beings: "We have Siri. We can ask: what’s the tallest mountain in Alberta, Canada? What if this conversation was being held and we were all just robots?"

Arne Josefsberg, when asked about GoDaddy's role in small business: "We help the little guy around the world. Maybe a guy in India with one or two employees. [We] make that super affordable to businesses around the globe. They don't have IT, they don't understand IT."

Adam Messinger, when asked about how to recruit people who will innovate: "It’s straightforward for us to find really smart folks. The key is not how well they program, it’s the ability to think in an open-ended way."

Our founder Shawn Freeman also took the opportunity to meet Steve Wozniak and had to take a photo. Thanks, Steve!

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Check out some insightful tweets from the Interzone community (and a clip at the bottom):

What do you think? Let us know on Twitter (@TWTGroupInc). Or, if you’re at the #InterzoneIO, we’d love to discuss it with you in person! You can tweet at us or call/text Shawn at 403-918-7735.

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