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In 1996, Google was still a research project at Stanford, the state-of-the-art PC operating system was Windows 95, and Amazon was a small startup selling books.

And Steve Jobs was not yet back at Apple when he gave a remarkably prescient interview to Wired's website the same year. Although the iMac, iPod, and iPhone were still years away, and Jobs was working at NeXT, he clearly saw where the computing industry was headed.

And although his later work at Apple clearly influenced the way things turned out, he still offers a slew of predictions that are shockingly accurate today.

Here's what Jobs got right:

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Jobs' major prediction was that the web will be ubiquitous. Sure, lots of people predicted that, but he made a remark about "web dial tone everywhere" that does hint at the mobile-first world of today.

"There will be Web dial tone everywhere. And anything that's ubiquitous gets interesting."

Another big prediction: commerce was going to be killer on the web.

When asked about the main beneficiaries of the web, Jobs said that it would be people who have something to sell: "It's commerce. People are going to stop going to a lot of stores. And they're going to buy stuff over the Web!"

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was paying attention, even though Amazon was only a small book-focused startup at the time. 20 years later, Amazon did $105 billion in net sales in 2015 and even large retail chains like Wal-Mart are struggling to keep up and shuttering stores these days.


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