The Technium

Sourced Quotes, 12


People who think the Web is killing off serendipity are not using it correctly. — Steven Johnson, Anatomy of an Idea, December 14, 2011

If everything you do needs to work on a three-year time horizon, then you’re competing against a lot of people. But if you’re willing to invest on a seven-year time horizon, you’re now competing against a fraction of those people… Just by lengthening the time horizon, you can engage in endeavors that you could never otherwise pursue. — Jeff Bezos, Wired, Jeff Bezos Owns the Web, December, 2011

Why aren’t all movies available through all [online] channels? The movie companies these days must have some irrational fear of giving the customers what they want. — David Pogue, State of the Art, New York Times, December 29, 2011.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from Nature. — Karl Schroeder, The Deepening Paradox, November, 2011

There’s something direly mean spirited and ungenerous about inventing a language and then renting it out to other people to speak. – Bruce Sterling, A Statement of Principle, 1994,

If we put a number on it, people will try to make the number go up. — Seth Godin, Seth Godin’s Blog, December 11, 2011

Getting a job is really dumb because then you’ll only get paid when you’re working. — Steve Pavlina, Personal Development for Smart People, July 21, 2006.

Anything you say before “but” in a political statement doesn’t count. – Rick Falkvinge. TechDirt, January 5, 2012

If every trace of any single religion died out and nothing were passed on, it would never be created exactly that way again. There might be some other nonsense in its place, but not that exact nonsense. If all of science were wiped out, it would still be true and someone would find a way to figure it all out again. — Penn Jillette, God No, p. 129,

It’s true: never let the guy with the broom decide how many elephants can be in the parade. — Merlin Mann, Twitter, April 20, 2010

Computers — the gizmos themselves — have far less to do with techie enthusiasm than some half-understood resonance to The Great Work: hardwiring collective consciousness, creating the Planetary Mind. Teilhard do Chardin wrote about this enterprise many years ago and would be appalled by the prosaic nature of the tools we will use to bring it about. But I think there is something sweetly ironic that the ladder to his Omega Point might be built by engineers and not mystics.” — John Perry Barlow, in email cited in Out of Control, 1994

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[Cartoon by Roz Chast, New Yorker, March 22, 2010]




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