What strikes first time visitors as special or unusual when they arrive in Seoul?

  1. Lots of beautiful girls. Almost all korean girls wear makeup and dress up very well.
  2. Fast process for everything. Never needed anything mailed to me like in the US. Same day procedures for almost everything
  3. Subway is probably the best in the world
  4. Airport is also probably the best in the world
  5. Streets are dirty at night but all of it gets cleaned up by the morning
  6. cheap alcohol and people drink all the way until early morning
  7. Koreans are better at English than other Asians in general
  8. Coffee shops are everywhere. why is coffee so much more popular in Korea than tea? no idea
  9. super fast internet but they use internet explorer, oh the irony
  10. You need a massive deposit if you want to live in a place in Korea. I’m talking like $5–10k. This is surprising because in the US you usually only need 2–3 months worth of rent.
  11. It’s not as expensive as other Asian megacities. Rent in Seoul can be $300–$400 , which i think is cheaper than Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, HK or Singapore.
  12. The winters are not as cold as I expected. the coldest it gets is about -15 degrees in Dec/Jan but the average temperature is around -5 to -10 usually. that’s not so bad. I was born in northeast china and lived in Toronto so I thought it would be similar but was pleasantly surprised. You also see women walking around in very thin stockings (god bless them) as if the cold didn’t even exist at all.

What single person has altered the course of humanity the most in all of history?

Most influential person in history is quite a title, I think most people would agree that Jesus Christ would be the main person behind the next 2000 years after his death but its disputable whether or not he was actually real, so… a few guys I think up for debate:

Alexander the Great – conquered most of the middle east during his time and influenced Western history so much he has his own period named after his time on Earth – the Hellenistic period.

Julius Caesar – I think if anyone’s names get remembered 2000 years after they die and they stay famous for that long of a time, safe to say they are pretty darn influential

Confucius and Buddha – a HUGE influence among basically all of modern Asia

Genghis Khan – for much the same reason as Alexander/Caesar, a conqueror who shaped a lot of modern Asia and middle east

Sir Isaac Newton – probably along with Einstein the most famous scientist in history though without Newton there wouldn’t be Einstein so…

Christopher Columbus – yes its debatable whether or not he ‘discovered’ America but hey he is still the name brought up the most so…

William Shakespeare – if we’re talking effect on the English language he has to be #1

Nicolaus Copernicus – kickstarted the Scientific Revolution in the West that would last until Newton

Socrates/Plato – Again these guys were the backbone of Western civilization for over 2000 years so.. they got to be up there. And no one really knows whether Socrates actually existed so thats why I combined them.

Aristotle – the guy who would shape science for almost 2000 years. Until Newton, this guy was the pre-eminent scientific source for everything

Martin Luther – responsible for creation of Protestantism and all the history/wars that brought….

Muhammed – the founder of Islam, the second most popular religion on Earth

Note: I don’t put Jesus on here because his existence depends on whether you are Christian or not 🙂

Beyond 1700s I really don’t want to say anyone because too little time has elapsed for them to be considered most influential in human history although I want to put George Washington, Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Karl Marx and Adolf Hitler here…

What would Steve Jobs think about the current state of innovation at Apple?

Well I think Apple has become a very iterative company instead of innovative. the 4S was the last device released in Steve’s lifetime. Apple is generally a trendsetter in the industry. The Macbook Retina (2012) and iPhone 5S (2013) spurred the adoption of high res displays on laptops and fingerprint sensors on phones after they were introduced. But I’d say after 2013ish it started to go downhill, and the innovation turned to iteration trying to catch up to Samsung and others.

Look at this…
iPad Pro and iPad Mini were released after Jobs died. I doubt he would’ve approved of having 3 different kinds of iPads available at once. He was a proponent of simplicity and giving the consumer only a few choices.
At the same time we had the Macbook 12 inch, two different sizes of iPhones, Macbook Air somehow still available, and the three worst offenders lately have been: Apple Watch – no matter what I don’t think Jobs could have justified the purpose of having a smartwatch. And especially one priced at $10k.
iPhone 7 – this completely divided consumers with the removal of the headphone jack. As an avid analog music listener I doubt Jobs would have been happy about that either.
2016 Macbook Pro – eliminate all legacy ports and replace them with USBC. No Jobs wouldn’t have done this either. He would have left at least one USBA port in there. Yes the earlier Macbooks removed the optical drives before anyone else did, but at that time everything was shifting to digital downloads. We have not shifted to world where everything uses USBC yet. And yeah the touch bar – totally useless. Just like Force Touch.

IMO the last great product Apple released was the iPhone 5S. After that they are just playing catchup to Samsung. (disclaimer: I own an iPhone SE)