As I was flying to Los Angeles today and watching the episode of 30 Rock that comes on between the inflight safety video and the feature film, I saw the episode, “¿Que Sopresa?” where Jack Donaghy pitches the idea of a voice controlled television set to his new Kabletown bosses. The demonstration doesn’t go well.
When I saw that scene, it made me think of how Steve Jobs reportedly said that he had finally “Cracked It” when it came to an Apple TV. If the rumors are true, the new integrated television set will take advantage of Siri, Apple’s new voice-activated personal assistant.
So did Jack Donaghy “crack” television before Jobs and Apple?