The Technium

Sourced Quotes, 14

Find one – that’s right, just one – video game that is not about learning. — Keith Devlin, profkeithdevlin blog, January 29, 2012

The internet makes dumb people dumber and smart people smarter. Just as globalization and de-unionization have been major drivers of the growth of income inequality over the past few decades, the internet is now a major driver of the growth of cognitive inequality. — Kevin Drum, Mother Jones, Feb 17, 2012

The easiest way to become irrelevant is to stop. — George Clooney, The Australian, Standing on the side of history, February 20, 2012

Whenever I tackled the impossible or the miraculous, I remembered the magician Rene Lavand, who had only one arm. Poet and extraordinary card manipulator, he baffled fellow illusionists by concluding his brilliant demonstrations with, “What I just showed you can also be done with two hands!” — Philippe Petit, Man on Wire, 2002, p. 236.

Usually we talk about whatever is the most urgent question right now. Sometimes, especially early on, the most urgent question is to figure out what the most urgent question should be. — Paul Graham, What Happens at Y Combinator, February 2012.

If we study what is merely average, we will remain merely average. – Shawn Achor, The happy secrete to better work, TEDXBloomington, May 2011

We don’t really live in a country. We live on the Internet. — Mr. Ljung, Betabeat, February 28, 2012.

Decades of research have consistently shown that brainstorming groups think of far fewer ideas than the same number of people who work alone and later pool their ideas. — Keith Sawyer, via Jonah Lehrer, Groupthink, The New Yorker, January 30, 2012

The intangible world of information merges with the material world of money, and new phrases that combine the two, such as “intellectual capital” and the “culture industry,” come into vogue. So the people who thrive in this period are the ones who can turn ideas and emotions into products. These are the highly educated folk who have one foot in the bohemian world of creativity and another foot in the bourgeois realm of ambition and worldly success. The members of the new information age elite are bourgeois bohemians. Or, to take the first two letters of each word, they are Bobos. — David Brooks, Bobos in Paradise, 2000 p. 11

The best way to get the most out of engineers is to surround them with other great engineers. — Felix Salmon, Why Mark Zuckerberg shouldn’t listen to management gurus, Reuters, February 10, 2012

Anonymous is a handful of geniuses surrounded by a legion of idiots. — Cole Stryker, The New York Times, February 27, 2012.

There are only two types of companies, those that have been hacked and those that will be. — Robert Mueller, head of the FBI, in the New York Times, March 5, 2012.

A genius is the one most like himself. — Thelonius Monk, Monk’s Advice, 1960, Lists of Note.