Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who helped revolutionize personal computing in the 1970s, was hospitalized in Mexico City on Wednesday after suffering a possible stroke, according to multiple media reports. Wozniak, 73, was attending a World Business Forum event in the country’s capital when he felt unwell and was taken to a nearby hospital for an emergency MRI scan.
Wozniak’s Condition and Treatment
Sources close to Wozniak told TMZ that the tech pioneer was diagnosed with a mild case of vertigo, a condition that causes dizziness and loss of balance. They said he was in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery. However, other media outlets, such as NDTV and CNN, reported that Wozniak had a stroke, which occurs when blood clots or other particles block the blood vessels that supply the brain. The severity and consequences of a stroke depend on the location and extent of the blockage. Wozniak’s team from the U.S. flew to Mexico in a private jet to check on his health and take him back to the U.S. for further treatment, according to the reports.
Wozniak’s Legacy and Influence
Wozniak, also known as “Woz”, is widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in the history of computing and technology. He co-founded Apple in 1976 with his friend Steve Jobs, and designed the Apple I and Apple II, two of the first commercially successful personal computers. He also contributed to the development of other products, such as the Macintosh, the iPod, and the iPhone. Wozniak left Apple in 1987, but remained a shareholder and an honorary employee. He also founded other companies, such as Wheels of Zeus, which developed wireless devices, and CL 9, which created the first universal remote control. He also taught at various universities and supported several philanthropic causes, especially in the fields of education and innovation. Wozniak has received numerous awards and honors for his achievements, including the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the Turing Award, and the induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the California Hall of Fame.
Wozniak’s Current Projects and Activities
Wozniak has remained active and involved in the tech world, despite his age and health issues. He has participated in several conferences and events, sharing his insights and opinions on various topics, such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, cryptocurrency, and education. He has also endorsed and invested in some startups and projects, such as Efforce, a blockchain-based platform for energy efficiency, and Privateer Space, a space company that aims to “keep space safe and accessible for all humankind”. He has also expressed his interest and enthusiasm for new technologies, such as the Tesla Cybertruck, the Apple Watch, and the iPhone 13. Wozniak has also maintained a strong social media presence, with over 1.3 million followers on Twitter and over 600,000 followers on Instagram. He often posts updates on his personal and professional life, as well as his views and comments on various issues and trends.