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These technology quotes very well define our polarized attitudes: we either love or hate technology.
Technology has two faces. We all feel it, but sometimes can’t find words to describe it. Ebooks are the best example to show the 0-1 nature of emotions the technology evokes.
On one side, there is a beautiful, calming world of printed books and reading. Free from electronic-based impatience, distractions, and failures.
Keeping calm and quiet is not necessarily pushing the world forward. And here comes the opposite attitude. Technology brings the excitement, helps look into the future, and make us brave enough to try to shape it.
Cory Doctorow said once “This is why I loved technology: if you used it right, it could give you power and privacy.”
The whole idea is not about the choice between using or not using technology. The challenge is to use it right.
Some of the quotes are visualized to let you easier share them in social networks. A bit of reflection on how deeply we depend on technology is good for anyone, especially the one who spends too much time in social media networks.
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Etsy – it’s the top destination for anyone who is looking for original, hand-crafted goods. You can find here thousands of quotes – on posters, jewelry, personal items, electronic accessories, and clothes.
Redbubble – a marketplace for custom-designed items, including prints, stationery, cases & covers, or t-shirts. Opposite to other sites, such as CafePress, the quality of artwork is very high.
Zazzle – the site offers a huge variety of merchandise, from clothing, to home decor, to personal accessories. What’s more, users can upload their own image and create their own design.
Amazon Handmade – if you don’t want to sign up to other online stores, you can start exploring Amazon’s own section with hand-crafted items. It’s quickly growing, and you’ll find here posters, home decor, and stationery.
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50 best technology quotes
The most technologically efficient machine that man has ever invented is the book.
Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.
It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.
One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
Technology is a word that describes something that doesn’t work yet.
All this modern technology just makes people try to do everything at once.
We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works.
Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons.
–R. Buckminster Fuller
It’s supposed to be automatic, but actually you have to push this button.
Books may look like nothing more than words on a page, but they are actually an infinitely complex imaginotransference technology that translates odd, inky squiggles into pictures inside your head.
I think that novels that leave out technology misrepresent life as badly as Victorians misrepresented life by leaving out sex.
Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.
The human spirit must prevail over technology.
Technology… the knack of so arranging the world that we don’t have to experience it.
Technology frightens me to death. It’s designed by engineers to impress other engineers. And they always come with instruction booklets that are written by engineers for other engineers — which is why almost no technology ever works.
The great myth of our times is that technology is communication.
Technology made large populations possible; large populations now make technology indispensable.
–Joseph Wood Krutch
Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
TV and the Internet are good because they keep stupid people from spending too much time out in public.
This is the whole point of technology. It creates an appetite for immortality on the one hand. It threatens universal extinction on the other. Technology is lust removed from nature.
The greatest achievement of humanity is not its works of art, science, or technology, but the recognition of its own dysfunction.
First we thought the PC was a calculator. Then we found out how to turn numbers into letters with ASCII — and we thought it was a typewriter. Then we discovered graphics, and we thought it was a television. With the World Wide Web, we’ve realized it’s a brochure.
Communications tools don’t get socially interesting until they get technologically boring.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is equivalent to magic.
–Sir Arthur C. Clarke
Ethics change with technology.
So much technology, so little talent.
Programs must be written for people to read, and only incidentally for machines to execute.
For a list of all the ways technology has failed to improve the quality of life, please press three.
As a technology, the book is like a hammer. That is to say, it is perfect: a tool ideally suited to its task. Hammers can be tweaked and varied but will never go obsolete. Even when builders pound nails by the thousand with pneumatic nail guns, every household needs a hammer.
The ultimate promise of technology is to make us master of a world that we command by the push of a button.
Technology is the campfire around which we tell our stories.
The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers.
–Sydney J. Harris
Once a new technology rolls over you, if you’re not part of the steamroller, you’re part of the road.
Hardware: the parts of a computer that can be kicked.
The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.
Technology presumes there’s just one right way to do things and there never is.
–Robert M. Pirsig
Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant.
If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner.
–Omar N. Bradley
Technology has to be invented or adopted.
Technology… is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other.
Computers are like bikinis. They save people a lot of guesswork.
The art challenges the technology, and the technology inspires the art.
All of our technology is completely unnecessary to a happy life.
Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master.
–Christian Lous Lange
Technology is anything that wasn’t around when you were born.
Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response.
–Arthur M. Schlesinger
Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.
This is why I loved technology: if you used it right, it could give you power and privacy.
Please, no matter how we advance technologically, please don’t abandon the book. There is nothing in our material world more beautiful than the book.
Technology is teaching us to be human again.
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There’s no denying that technology has helped advance the human race, but technology can also amplify the negative aspects of human nature. Information Technology, more than any other invention of our time, has had a profound impact on nearly every aspect of our lives.
The following tech quotes will reveal why many great historical and contemporary figures harbor mixed feelings towards Information Technology.
1. Robert Metcalfe
The inventor of the Ethernet proposed that the strength of a computer network is exponentially proportional to the square of the number of users. The law originally referred to communicating devices such as fax machines but was later expanded to include computer networks and users. Indeed, the World Wide Web becomes a stronger global network and information hub with each additional new user. According to Statista,theWorld Wide Web supports approximately 3.17 billion online users.
2. Tim Berners-Lee
Credited as the inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee relates how embedding our day to day lives with technology has become second-nature. More than ever, our interaction with the physical world is heavily influenced by digital information and we’ve colonized cyberspace with digital representations of ourselves through social media.
3. Mark Zuckerberg
Social media and online communities have led to the formation of virtual tribes where like-minded people can connect. Zuckerberg recognizes that these online social communities are autonomous and that developers can only strive to bring elegant organization to them.
4. Bill Gates
Microsoft’s former CEO, Bill Gates, characterizes the Internet as the epicenter of a world that the Internet is constantly shrinking.
5. Nikola Tesla
Nikola Tesla not only predicted the invention of the smart phone, but it can be argued that he even foresaw the impact of the Internet of Things (IoT). It has been said that the connectivity provided by the Internet of Things will give physical objects a digital nervous system and this connectivity will be able to convert “the whole Earth…into a huge brain.”
6. Jimmy Wales
The co-founder of Wikipedia provides an amusing commentary that relates how Google immortalizes information and events and perpetuates the “In Google We Trust” sentiment.
7. Nicholas Carr
Nicholas Carr dedicates his entire book The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains to explore how our interaction with the internet is changing the way we think. He credits the internet for turning us into “lab rats constantly pressing levers to get tiny pellets of social or intellectual nourishment.” With sites such as Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, and Reddit, it has also become extremely difficult to use the internet as a productive resource. Even more importantly, the internet frees us from the responsibility of having to retain anything in our long-term memory.
8. Mitchell Kapor
Personal Computing Pioneer and Investor Mitchell Kapor, comments on the abundance of information available on the Internet. Remember the last time you tried researching a single fact? You probably received more information than you bargained for and got sidetracked with clickbait articles.
9. Peter Drucker
Peter Drucker is best known for his prolific work in management but he also had a grasp of the impact of information technology and big data. After lauding IBM executives for their valuable contribution in a 1955 meeting, Drucker reflected on the futility of information without meaningful interpretation. We reportedly upload 5 Exabytes of information every 2 days and this number will increase as IoT continues to be adopted in the industrial and consumer sectors. But according to The Guardian, we only analyze 0.5% of the data that we create and we are led to question the intrinsic value of the information that we are generating.
10. Richard Saul Wurman
Best known for creating the Ted conferences, Richard Saul Wurman acknowledges the limitations of information and identifies the hazy gap between information and knowledge as the root of information anxiety.
11. John Naisbitt
Future studies author John Naisbitt, echoes a similar sentiment related to information anxiety. Knowledge, according to David Weignberger, occurs when data or information can be organized into action plans. The DIKW (Data-Information-Knowledge-Wisdom) pyramid hierarchizes the different types of information. Without the kinetic transformation of information and data into knowledge via meaningful interpretation, we risk starving for knowledge (and wisdom) as posited by Naisbitt.
12. Carl Sagen
We use technology without understanding how it operates. Astronomer Carl Sagen pointed out the dangers of our limitation of knowledge when it comes to technology. Our ignorance of the innards of our smartphones for example, exposes us to possible security threats or privacy breaches from app developers, mobile companies, and hackers.
13. Eric Schmidt
Former CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, highlights the unknown effects of the internet and compares the technology to anarchy. The internet is indeed the largest social experiment of our time.
14. Claude Shannon- Father of Information Theory
Claude Shannon, “father of information theory”, envisioned that robots would enslave humans Terminator-style.
This quote has been attributed to Einstein even though some argue that the apocryphal quote came from the movie Powder. Nevertheless, Einstein was known to distrust those in those in power to responsibly manage the invention of the atom bomb.
The popular cartoon character hauntingly captures the immortal permanence of the content that we upload on the Internet.
16. Sheryl Sandberg
Facebook’s COO believes social media can be a powerful tool for people without a political voice. The power of a hashtag can even be seen by children’s use of the viral #thanksmichelleobama hashtag to protest their unappetizing school lunches. On a more serious and recent note however, Sheryl Sandberg shed light on how social media can be used against Islamic extremists.
17. Marissa Mayer
The tech sector, unfortunately, is still a highly gendered industry despite what Marissa Mayer, CEO of Facebook, has been noted to state. Male-to-Female employment statistics repeatedly prove that the tech industry is a male-dominated sector. Her statement made many of her supporters cringe.
18. Carly Fiorina
Former Hewlett Packard CEO and former presidential candidate, Carly Fiorina, relates how technology can be used as an ethical tool that can level the playing field for communities that have been oppressed.
19. Steve Ballmer
Former CEO of Microsoft highlights the creative possibilities that the Internet offers to people that have access to it.
20. Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs expressed his faith that technology could be a tool for advancement and productivity in the right hands.
21. Pablo Picasso
If you’re worried that machines will take over, you can take consolation in Picasso’s belief that computers are not capable of creative expression.
22. Paul Baran
Paul Baran’s line of thinking captures the importance of grit in this brave new world of the Information Age. Paul Baran is credited with having provided the foundation for packet switched networks.
23. Arthur C. Clarke
Arthur C. Clarke shares his view that is felt around the fanaticism that occurs every year at CES- technology can be breathtakingly magical.
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