The death of Steve Jobs has left the world wondering: who will be the next great tech genius?
“He was the greatest of American innovators,” said Barack Obama in a White House statement released Thursday morning.
Jobs, who is being referred to as the “Edison of the 21st Century,” co-founded Apple in his basement in 1976. He set the precedent for modern technology with such inventions as the iPhone, the iPod, and the Apple MacBook.
In a Stanford graduation speech delivered in 2005, Jobs told the promising students: “Death is very likely the best single invention of life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.”
“Right now the new is you,” he told the graduates.
So who is the new face of American technology? Some point to Tim Cook, who overtook the Apple CEO throne when Jobs stepped down two months ago, due to his fast progressing pancreatic cancer.
“[Cook] was working a room clearly missing the energy Jobs used to infuse into these events,” contended the Seattle Times.
Others point to the young Mark Zuckerberg, who at age 20 co-founded the most popular social platform Facebook.
“Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you,” Zuckerberg wrote on his personal Facebook page as a dedication to Jobs.
Zuckerberg and Jobs sat on opposite sides of Barack Obama at the president’s dinner with technology business leaders in California, 2011.
Regardless of who will follow the Jobs legacy, American media and public alike contend that Jobs changed the way the world thinks and communicates.
Memorials have been set up around the world, including Hong Kong, San Francisco, and London.
Jobs died Wednesday of pancreatic cancer at age 56.