Will the Web disappear in favor of mobile only interaction?
It is tough to say or to predict if the web will in fact disappear. Maybe its better to say that the web is only going to be innovated by its users. We are the ones who control the web and its devices, through tags and other sources. The reading quotes "...less about the searching and more about the getting". We see the relationship to the browser as old, but the idea of mobility is new. We are attracted to it. I wouldn't say that the web will disappear, but that the web will only innovate itself through all of its users, but mobility will always have a relationship to the web.
What are some of the differences you see as a designer in designing for mobile smartphones, mobile tablets, and browser based interactive?
The biggest difference that I see is that it isn't 2dimensional. Once you move into designing an application for human touch, it starts to touch more on the ideas and philosophies of anthropology. We are getting bringing technologies closer to us, and we are relating more to them. Soon enough we will be controlled by the machine. Google instant sort of does this in the fact that it gets to know us. It starts to pick up on key words and will finish a sentence before we stop typing. Amazon will also start to pick out books for us based on our purchases that have already been made.
As a designer we shouldn't only think about what happens on screen, but what happens off screen. We only assume that the interaction will be through a keyboard and a mouse. In terms of mobile tablets, smartphones, and browser based interactive; we have many different things to consider. We have to come up with solutions that are mobile in an of themselves. They have to be flexible, and should be able to transition from the screen to the environment fluidly.
What are their differences in standpoint, simply stated? Are you for the democratic, user-delivered-content web or the closed expert delivered content of the app world?
I personally am for the democratic, user-delivered-content web over the closed expert delivered content. I am a huge fan of the idea of collaboration, and the idea that human beings can combine together to create. It is less competitive, and more collaborative. As a collective we should be able to come up with the most concise answers compared to one individual, who is biased and inexperienced. When you combine all experiences into one solution or answer you start to see it from all sides. I am mostly referring to Wikipedia when I am talking about this, because it lets anybody edit it. I think that it is only credible when their are sources however. My thoughts are that one day, everyone collectively, will be creating apps.
Is Steve Jobs monomaniacal or a saint?
Steve Jobs seems to be a very lucky individual. I wouldn't say that he is a saint or that he is monomaniacal. He just happened to make the right decision at the right time, and he may or may not have known that society was ready for apps. He could have made an investment elsewhere, and not have been as successful. The history of the internet proves that you cannot predict what will happen in the future. You may come close, but their is no possible way to do it. It has shown in the past that it is ruthless and brutal to companies. They compared it to capitalism saying "...natural path of industrialization: invention, propagation, adoption,control." I personally don't think that Jobs was looking to start a monopoly or to gain power. He just so happened to make the right decision, and literally fell into success. Or I guess I should say that he was embraced by us. He was an expert in the app world who seemed to gain favor by the users.