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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says technology is an addiction: 'We're dependent on it'

December 10, 2010 |  8:49 am

Steve Wozniak envisioned a world in which there is a computer in every home.

Now that we have loaded up on desktops, laptops, smart phones and a seemingly endless array of gadgets, Wozniak -- who goes by "Woz," founded Apple in the garage of Steve Jobs' parents' home in Los Altos, Calif., built some of the first personal computers and often carries multiple phones in his pockets -- is wondering if the always-on culture has spun wildly out of control.

Woz Um, a little late now? Just saying.

While leading a tour of an exhibit of computer artifacts that opens next month at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Wozniak said most people would qualify for a 12-step program for technology addiction.

"We're dependent on it," he said at the museum (which sits about six blocks from Google's headquarters), according to CNN. "And eventually, we are going to have it doing every task we can in the world, so we can sit back and relax."

"All of a sudden, we've lost a lot of control," the always-provocative Wozniak added. "We can't turn off our Internet. We can't turn off our smart phones. We can't turn off our computers."

On the same tour, Wozniak named his nine favorite gadgets. That's the Woz way.


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Photo: Steve Wozniak, right, in a guest appearance on the television show "Big Bang Theory" Credit: Robert Voets / CBS