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Garry Kasparov: The Last Revolutionary Technology Was The Apple II

•, Oliver Chiang
 The last technology that could be thought of as revolutionary, he says, was the Apple II personal computer introduced in 1977.

“Today the entire American innovation engine is slowly grinding to halt, public and private,” Kasparov said, speaking at an event on Monday night at Palantir Technologies, a company that creates analytics software for government and financial organizations. In his remarks, Kasparov called the U.S. a “culture of optimization.”

And though he singles out the Apple II, he is by no means an Apple fanboy, judging by the following: “We are surrounded by gadgets and computers like never before. They are better each time; a little faster, a little shinier, a little thinner. But it is derivative, incremental, profit margin-forced, consumer-friendly technology — not the kind that pushes the whole world forward economically.”

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