"It's a maxim of technology: Invent the newest gadget and the porn industry will find a way to cash in," writes Joel Schectman of the AP in this article about the smutty potential of the latest smart phones.
Schectman is correct, of course but I'll go him one further. Throughout human history, whenever a new medium of communication has emerged, humans have invariably rushed to use it for porn, with or without a porn industry to coordinate the effort. Hell, porn even predates gadgets.
The internet, the VCR and camcorder, the first motion picture cameras, photography - these technologies hadn't been around for five minutes before someone piped up and said, "hey, I know, let's get some shots of people screwing." And before photographic images, humans used words: while Gutenberg's printing press may have allowed for more people to get their hands on the Bible and other high-minded works of literature, what the machine really did was spawn the first mass circulation of "adult material."
Even the earliest homo sapiens, doodling on the walls of European caves, quickly realized that their ability to render visual representations of their surroundings meant that they could draw pictures of creatures bonking one another. Oh sure, scholars now refer to these earliest words and images as "erotic art." But come on, erotic art is simply the porn we like.
Steve Jobs may not like that his precious iPhone is being used as a ticket to the porn buffet, but given human history in these matters, he shouldn't be surprised.