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A yacht that was co-designed by Steve Jobs and minimalist designer Philippe Starck, was unveiled on Sunday.
Steve Jobs allegedly worked on the project leading up to his death, although he was aware that he might never live to see the final project. In his own words, as documented in the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson, he described that yacht as "sleek and minimalist."
"I know that it's possible I will die and leave Laurene with a half-built boat," Jobs said in the book. "But I have to keep going on it. If I don't, it's an admission that I'm about to die."
The ship was built in the Netherlands and given the name, "Venus." The ship was launched in the presence of Job's wife, Laurene and her children Reed, Erin and Eve. According to a Dutch report by One More Thing, the ship is between 70 and 80 meters long with an exterior made entirely of aluminum, making it far lighter than any other yacht.
The ship was built with a large sun terrace and Jacuzzi on deck, which was described as a "unique" feature. The ship is controlled by seven 27-inch iMacs in the wheelhouse. It also features ceiling to floor glass panes throughout.
The project was criticized by some however, who used it to point out the need for economic equality.
"It's a valuable reminder of the best argument for reducing economic inequality," Mathew Yglesias wrote on a Slate blog of the new Yacht. "Jobs is a good case for this precisely because he's widely acknowledged to be a good businessman."
He referred to the yacht as an "absurdity" which proved that it "becomes extremely difficult to transform additional money into additional happiness."