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The best way to predict the future is to invent it. Alan Kay
Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible. Lord Kelvin
Don't undertake a project unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible. Edwin Land
What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it. Herbert Simon
No science is immune to the infection of politics and the corruption of power. Jacob Bronowski
Intellectual capital will always trump financial capital. Paul Tudor Jones
I believe that at the end of the century the use of words and general educated opinion will have altered so much that one will be able to speak of machines thinking without expecting to be contradicted. Alan Turing
Airplanes are interesting toys, but of no military value. Ferdinand Foch
All good things which exist are the fruits of originality. John Stuart Mill
Science is the highest personification of the nation because that nation will remain the first which carries the furthest the works of thought and intelligence. Louis Pasteur
The medium is the message. Marshall McLuhan
I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them. Isaac Asimov
Measure what is measurable, and make measurable what is not so. Galileo Galilei
We are probably nearing the limit of all we can know about astronomy. Simon Newcomb
What I did in my youth is hundreds of times easier today. Technology breeds crime. Frank Abagnale
Science in the modern world has many uses; its chief use, however, is to provide long words to cover the errors of the rich. Gilbert K. Chesterton
Nature abhors a vacuum. Francois Rabelais
When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong. Arthur C. Clarke
An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field. Niels Bohr
I had an immense advantage over many others dealing with the problem inasmuch as I had no fixed ideas derived from long-established practice to control and bias my mind, and did not suffer from the general belief that whatever is, is right. Henry Bessemer
The most important and urgent problems of the technology of today are no longer the satisfactions of the primary needs or of archetypal wishes, but the reparation of the evils and damages by the technology of yesterday. Dennis Gabor
Computing is not about computers any more. It is about living. Nicholas Negroponte
As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality. Albert Einstein
There is no great invention, from fire to flying, which has not been hailed as an insult to some god. John Burdon Sanderson Haldane
Man masters nature not by force but by understanding. This is why science has succeeded where magic failed: because it has looked for no spell to cast over nature. Jacob Bronowski
Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense. Gertrude Stein
It is poor civic hygiene to install technologies that could someday facilitate a police state. Bruce Schneier
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Arthur C. Clarke
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
As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information. Benjamin Disraeli
Such is the audacity of man, that he hath learned to counterfeit Nature, yea, and is so bold as to challenge her in her work. Pliny the Elder
History has repeatedly shown that when a new method or material becomes available, new uses for it arise. Wilson Greatbatch
Invention is the mother of necessity. Thorstein Veblen
Modern technology has become a total phenomenon for civilization, the defining force of a new social order in which efficiency is no longer an option but a necessity imposed on all human activity. Jacques Ellul
Technology... is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other. Carrie Snow
Neither the Army nor the Navy is of any protection, or very little protection, against aerial raids. Alexander Graham Bell
Information networks straddle the world. Nothing remains concealed. But the sheer volume of information dissolves the information. We are unable to take it all in. Gunter Grass
Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless. Thomas A. Edison
The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it. John Gilmore
Learning carries within itself certain dangers because out of necessity one has to learn from one's enemies. Leon Trotsky
The internet is an unforgiving place for yesterday's great idea. Vindu Goel (MICHAEL J. de la MERCED)
History is full of examples of poorer nations that become wealthy by exploiting their comparative advantage in cheap labor to become globally competitive in a range of manufacturing industries.... If robots are expected to take over many of the menial jobs currently performed by people, the concern should not be for the working class in wealthy countries but for the billions living in the developing world who will now have lost the only established ladder out of poverty. David Martin
If you don't treat [computer and Internet] security like a religious fanatic, you are going to be hurt like you can't imagine. David Aitel
It was a case of the technology catching up with the problem. Jane X. Luu
Never in history did a people enter a country as we entered our country. There are two reasons for this: We are returning to our homeland that has waited for us as a wasteland, and we are not entering a new country that is not ours; we are a people of ancient culture, and in the long years of our exile we have added to that culture the great values of a new civilization. All these riches we bring with us as a gift to our ancient land, and to the people who settled it while we were away, and to the other peoples of the surrounding Orient ... Moshe Smilansky
... a better government: more complete security of property; moderate taxes; a more permanent ... tenure of land ... the introduction of foreign arts ... and the introduction of foreign capital, which renders the increase of production no longer exclusively on the thrift or providence of the inhabitants themselves. John Stuart Mill
I declined it. As we enjoy great advantage from the invention of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours, and this we should do freely and generously. Benjamin Franklin
We have to carefully consider whether our election system is critical infrastructure, like the financial system or the power grid. There is a vital national interest in our election process. Jeb Johnson
The ability to make gametes from skin cells might have some undesirable consequences. For example, someone could take a paper coffee cup that you casually tossed in the trash and turn you into a parent without your knowledge or consent. We probably need some laws to deal with that; unconsenting parenthood seems like a bad idea. Henry T. Greely
Machine learning signicantly enhances the ability to predict where and when crimes are more likely to happen and who may commit them. Stanford University Artificial Intelligence Study Panel
As a society, we are underinvesting resources in research on the societal implications of AI technologies. Stanford University Artificial Intelligence Study Panel
As AI applications engage in behavior that, were it done by a human, would constitute a crime, courts and other legal actors will have to puzzle through whom to hold accountable and on what theory. Stanford University Artificial Intelligence Study Panel
Faced with the profound changes that AI technologies can produce, pressure for "more" and "tougher" regulation is inevitable. Misunderstanding about what AI is and is not, especially against a background of scare-mongering, could fuel opposition to technologies that could benefit everyone. This would be a tragic mistake. Regulation that stifles innovation, or relocates it to other jurisdictions, would be similarly counterproductive. Stanford University Artificial Intelligence Study Panel
We have entered an era where the kinds of data and analyses that people run have gotten incredibly complicated. So you have researchers using sophisticated software programs that they probably don't understand but are generally accepted and everyone [in the field] uses. Martin Serano
Unsurprisingly, the most vocal opponents of new technologies are those who dominated the old. Ann Trubeck
This is a very different world. Much of it is new. What has happened is that information technology has politicized the world…It’s a world where most of the big problems spill over national boundaries. Brent Scowcroft
To a considerable extent the Boer War resembled the American Civil War thirty—five years previously. One side was upholding the traditional values of its communities, including the denial of political rights to non—whites, which were subsumed into a struggle for independence against superior power, more modern both in technology and ideology. Frank Welsh
The destructiveness of war waged on the scale and with the intensity which conscript armies, the new means of transportation and communication, the new artillery, the aeroplanes, the high explosives, and the continuity of the fighting on battle fronts of unexampled length, by night as well as by day, and in stormy and wintry as well as moderate weather, make possible, has proved to be beyond all power of computation, and could not have been imagined in advance. Never before has there been any approach to the vast killing and crippling of men, the destruction of all sorts of man's structures—buildings, bridges, viaducts, vessels, and docks—and the physical ruin of countless women and children. Charles W. Eliot
Our time has experienced greater technological progress than ever existed before, and yet we are faced with the fact that world-wide poverty, hunger, death of children, unemployment, misery and the destruction of nature have not abated but rather to some extent increased. Many peoples are threatened with economic ruin, social disarray, political marginalization and national collapse. Hans Kung
There are many men now living who were in the habit of using the age-old expression: 'It is as impossible as flying.' The discoveries in physical science, the triumphs in invention, attest the value of the process of trial and error. In large measure, these advances have been due to experimentation. Louis D. Brandeis
Overregulation stifles creativity. It smothers innovation. It gives dinosaurs a veto over the future. Lawrence Lessig
Writing" is the Latin of our times. The modern language of the people is video and sound. Lawrence Lessig
That free culture was carried to America; that was our birth — 1790. We established a regime that left creativity unregulated. Now it was unregulated because copyright law only covered "printing." Copyright law did not control derivative work. And copyright law granted this protection for the limited time of 14 years. Lawrence Lessig
The current term of protection for software is the life of an author plus 70 years, or, if it's work-for-hire, a total of 95 years. This is a bastardization of the Constitution's requirement that copyright be for "limited times." By the time Apple's Macintosh operating system finally falls into the public domain, there will be no machine that could possibly run it. The term of copyright for software is effectively unlimited. Lawrence Lessig
All around us are the consequences of the most significant technological, and hence cultural, revolution in generations. This revolution has produced the most powerful and diverse spur to innovation of any in modern times. Lawrence Lessig
Thanks to TV and for the convenience of TV, you can only be one of two kinds of human beings, either a liberal or a conservative. Kurt Vonnegut
What the founders of modern science ... had to do, was not criticize and to combat certain faulty theories, and to correct or to replace them by better ones. They had to do something quite different. They had to destroy one world and replace it by another. They had to reshape the framework of our intellect itself, to restate and to reform its concepts, to evolve a new approach to Being, a new concept of knowledge, and a new concept of science — and even to replace a pretty natural approach, that of common sense, by another which is not natural at all. Alexandre Koyre
Charles Darwin was an extremely conservative man burdened with an extremely radical idea..,. The scientists of those days were almost all churchmen. David Quammen
We are in a war on ignorance, a war on scientific ignorance. Leon Max Lederman
You might clone some people who would look amazingly like their parental cell donors, but the odds are that they’d be almost as different as you or me, and certainly more different than any of today’s identical twins. Lewis Thomas
Robots are not people. They are mechanically more perfect than we are, they have an astounding intellectual capacity, but they have no soul. Karel Capek
The Turkish army will have done its duty when it defends the country from foreign aggression and frees the nation from fanaticism and intellectual slavery. The Turkish nation has fallen far behind the West. The main aim should be to lead it to modern civilization. Kemal Ataturk
We will acquire knowledge and science wherever they are to be found and we will stuff them into the head of every individual in the country. No limits, no conditions can be attached to knowledge and science. Kemal Ataturk
A nation which does not make pictures, a nation which does not make statues, a nation which does not practice science, such a nation, one must admit, has no place on the highroad of civilization. But our nation with its true qualities deserves to become and will become civilized and progressive. Kemal Ataturk
The Islam Ataturk professed contained nothing contrary to reason and progress. Andrew Mango
The future is in the sky. Kemal Ataturk
It is a disgrace for a civilized society to appeal for help to the dead. Kemal Ataturk
I have no religion, and at times I wish all religions at the bottom of the sea. He is a weak ruler who needs religion to uphold his government. My people are going to learn the principles of democracy, the dictates of truth and the teachings of science. Superstition must go. Let them worship as they will; every man can follow his own conscience, provided it does not interfere with sane reason or bid him act against the liberty of his fellow-men. Kemal Ataturk
The Bible is the inerrant ... word of the living God. It is absolutely infallible, without error in all matters pertaining to faith and practice, as well as in areas such as geography, science, history, etc. Jerry Falwell
Invent for Victory : all Americans who have an invention or an idea which might be useful to their country are urged to sent it immediately to : National Inventors Council Department of Commerce-Washington, D.C. Elmo White
The H-Bomb Secret: How We Got It, Why We’re Telling It Samuel H. Day Jr.; Howard Morland
The Negro is trying to enter a social community and a tradition of work-and-income which are in the process of vanishing even for the hitherto privileged white worker Jobs are disappearing under the impact of highly efficient, progressively less costly machines. Ad Hoc Committee for the Triple Revolution
Simply to pit "society" against "nature," "humanity" against the "biosphere," and "reason," "technology," and "science" against less developed, often primitive forms of human interaction with the natural world, prevents us from examining the highly complex differences and divisions within society so necessary to define our problems and their solutions. Murray Bookchin
...technological competition ignites total war, which means it is not possible to contain the effects of a new technology to a limited sphere of human activity... Neil Postman
...A new technology sometimes creates more than it destroys. Sometimes, it destroys more than it creates. But it is never one-sided. Neil Postman
Technology alone rarely confers an insurmountable military edge. Even if a country figures out how to harness military power, it still needs the wisdom to know the capabilities and limitations of its war machine Max Boot
Human intelligence trumps electronic or signals intelligence every time. Ron Suskind
If I have seen farther than other men, it is because I stood on the shoulders of giants. Isaac Newton
Wholly new forms of encyclopedias will appear, ready-made with a mesh of associative trails running through them. Vannevar Bush
The advanced arithmetical machines of the future will be electrical in nature, and they will perform at 100 times present speeds, or more., Moreover, they will be far more versatile than present commercial machines, so that they may readily be adapted for a wide variety of operations. They will be controlled by a control card or film, they will select their own data and manipulate it in accordance with the instructions thus inserted, they will perform complex arithmetical computations at exceedingly high speeds, and they will record results in such form as to be readily available for distribution or for later further manipulation. Vannevar Bush
The nexus between modern science and violence is obvious from the fact that 80 percent of all scientific research is devoted to the war industry and is frankly aimed at large-scale violence. Vandana Shiva
I'm "on" to monitor what is going on in Brewster. I do not post anymore. Just watching the idiots pontificate. Willis Stephens Jr.
Indians are born with an instinct for riding, rowing, hunting, fishing, and swimming. Americans are born with an instinct for fooling around with machines. William Saroyan
If we applied more science reporting standards to political reporting, most of these politicians wouldn’t be able to make all these outrageous statements. We ask where is your data? How can you prove that? Ira Flatow
This political movement has patently demonstrated that it will not defend the integrity of science in any case in which science runs afoul of its core political constituencies. In so doing, it has ceded any right to govern a technologically advanced and sophisticated nation. Chris Mooney (journalist)
The bomb will not start a chain-reaction in the water converting it all to gas and letting the ships on all the oceans drop down to the bottom. It will not blow out the bottom of the sea and let all the water run down the hole. It will not destroy gravity. William H. P. Blandy
Cyberspace William Gibson
Warfare evolves. It changes as a result of technology. It changes as the culture changes. Wesley Clark
Whatever can be done in this world will be done. The only question is whether it will be done by you or to you. Thomas Friedman
For the first time in history we have got more energy out of something than we put in … [but] …. Anyone who expects a source of power from the transformation of the atom is talking moonshine. Ernest Rutherford
You see what pressure the enemies of the world of Islam exert with regard to the issue of nuclear energy in Iran. They know we are not pursuing the atomic bomb. They are concerned because of the progress of science in this country, and because of the progress of technology in any Islamic country. This Islamic country has shown it does not surrender to America's policies. It has shown that it is not afraid of America. They believe that this Islamic country should not have the most important technology in the world today --- nuclear technology. That is why they exert such pressure. Ali Khamenei
All the research work was the result of our innovation and struggle. We did not receive any technical know-how from abroad, but we cannot reject the use of books, magazines, and research papers in this connection. Abdul Qadeer Khan
Transformation in the nature of work tend to brings wrenching social changes in their wake. Alan S. Blinder
Despite all the political sound and fury, little service-sector offshoring has happened to date. But it may eventually amount to a third Industrial Revolution, and industrial revolutions have a way of transforming societies. Alan S. Blinder
America started out as an invention society. Evan Schwartz
Whoever imagines that, because so many inventions and so many improvements in machinery have been made, there remains little else to be discovered, has but a feeble conception of the infinitude and vastness of mechanical powers, or of the unlimited reach of science. Much has been discovered, infinitely more remains unrevealed. The ingenuity of man is exploring a reign without limits, and delving in a mine whose treasures are exhaustless. John Ruggles
We can go into no mechanic shop, into no manufactory of any description, upon no farm or plantation, or travel a mile on our railroads or in our steamboats, without seeing evidence of our originality and witnessing the fruits of our ingenuity and enterprise. John Ruggles
Good morning. How do you do? How do you like the talking box? Thomas A. Edison
Looking at what has already been accomplished, some find it difficult to conceive that this flood of discoveries and improvements is still to maintain its progress, and even exhibit a swelling tide . . . . These apprehensions, it is plain, are not to be fulfilled in our day. At no time have there been more decisive indications that every step that is taken in this field . . . does but open new scenes to explore and prepares the way for new triumphs. Silas H. Hodges
The telegraph and telephone, like the post-office system, being a necessity for the transmission of news, should be owned and operated by the government in the interest of the people. Ignatius Donnelly
The Virginian Society for the Promotion of Usefull Knowledge John Page
The world is too complicated to have scientists only talking to scientists. Edward Rover
Steve Jobs and Bill Gates did as much to win the Cold War as anyone…. The idea that Ronald Reagan won the Cold War is ludicrous. Thomas Friedman
Technological advances have brought our nation to a point where momentous public choices are inescapable. Hugh Heclo
The extent to which ethics leads or lags the scientific juggernaut will now be measured in the specific policy decisions our democratic political systems produce. Hugh Heclo
Man will survive as a species for one reason: He can adapt to the destructive effects of our power-intoxicated technology and of our ungoverned population growth, to the dirt, pollution and noise of a New York or Tokyo. And that is the tragedy. It is not man the ecological crisis threatens to destroy but the quality of human life. Rene Dubos
Runaway technology, whose only law is profit, has for years poisoned our air, ravaged our soil, stripped our forests bare, and corrupted our water resources Vance Hartke
Industrial forces set in motion by steam and electricity have materially changed the structure of our civilization. Samuel Gompers
Technology produces a new division of haves and have nots. Vernon Ervin
If we do not have more scientific graduates from the university we will lose contact with modernity. Romano Prodi
Even if smog were a risk to human life, we must remember that life in nature, without technology, is wholesale death. Ayn Rand
Eilmer ... was a man learned for those times ..., and in his youth had hazarded a deed of remarkable boldness. He had by some means, I scarcely know what, fastened wings to his hands and feet so that, mistaking fable for truth, he might fly like Daedalus, and, collecting the breeze on the summit of a tower, he flew for more than the distance of a furlong. But, agitated by the violence of the wind and the swirling of air, as well as by awareness of his rashness, he fell, broke his legs, and was lame ever after. He himself used to say that the cause of his failure was forgetting to put a tail on the back part. William of Malmesbury
Advancing waves of other people’s progress sweep over the unchanging man and wash him out. Charles Kettering
These new technologies are not yet inevitable. But if they blossom fully into being, freedom may irrevocably perish. Bill McKibben
We have killed off nature, that world entirely independent of us which was here before we arrived and which encircled and supported our human society Bill McKibben
When Men are not allowed to think freely about chemistry and biology, why should they be allowed to think freely about political philosophy? Auguste Compte
I see no reason to suppose that these machines will ever force themselves into general use. Arthur Wellesley
In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed—they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo de Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce…? The cuckoo clock. Orson Welles
The true men of action in our time, those who transform the world, are not the politicians and statesmen, but the scientists. W. H. Auden
Steam and the telegraph and other machinery have required capital greater than any individual can furnish. Henry L. Stimson
A nation's strength ultimately consists in what it can do on its own, and not in what it can borrow from others. Indira Gandhi
Establishment at public expense of rural depots for the most improved agricultural machinery, to be lent out to the agricultural population at a rent covering cost and management alone. James Connolly
In the long run sea power will be no match for air power. Joseph Goebbels
Every innovation is misguidance, even if the people see it as something good. Abdullah ibn Umar
Einstein is an analytical mathematician seeking to give a physical interpretation to the conclusions of his mathematical process. In this he is hampered by a load of contradictory and absurd assumptions of the school that he follows, which throws him in to all manner of difficulty. Einstein has such a faculty for embracing both sides of a contradiction that one would have to be of the same frame of mind to follow his thought, it is so peculiarly his own. The whole Relativity theory is as easy to follow as the path of a bat in the air at night. Jeremiah Joseph Callahan
Technologies are never neutral, and some are hurtful. Kirkpatrick Sale
Radio has no future. Wireless [telegraphy] is all very well but I'd rather send a message by a boy on a pony Lord Kelvin
So we went to Atari and said, 'Hey, we've got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we'll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we'll come work for you.' And they said, 'No.' So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, 'Hey, we don't need you. You haven't got through college yet.' Steve Jobs
Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons. Popular Mechanics
I would like to see invented a substance or a machine with such terrible power of mass destruction that war would thereby be made impossible forever. Alfred Nobel
We should know how many defective children are being born because of the [nuclear] bomb tests. Linus Pauling
Knowledge advances by steps, and not by leaps. Thomas Babington Macaulay
Technologies will reach the developed world first, but the rest of the world will benefit in turn. And it will behoove the rich countries to hasten the spread of its innovations. In an era when new diseases can circle the globe in hours, it’s in everyone’s interest to stop the next pandemic before it happens. Craig Mundie
The existing system of Internet governance is a form of neocolonialism. Robert Mugabe
The root of the worker’s resistance to technological change is the conflict between labor as a commodity and labor as a resource. Increased productivity imposes upon the worker a risk of obsolescence. Peter Drucker
The traditional view of the sanctity of human life will collapse under pressure from scientific, technological, and demographic developments… it may be that only a rump of hard-core, know-nothing religious fundamentalist will defend the view that every human life, from conception to death, is sacrosanct. Peter Drucker; Peter Singer
Science is inextricably linked to our economy. It has been for the last 50 years and it will be for the next 50 years. Samuel W. Bodman
we need to work harder if we're going to continue what Carl Sagan saw as a new Renaissance of discovery. One way is by explaining to the Congress and the public why it is in our national interest to get this work funded. We can win this – and do what is right by the American people – if we can get the public to understand what's at stake. William B. Richardson
Researchers probably never anticipated when they started smashing atoms and protons in our large accelerators that their science their very basic research on matter would eventually give us remarkable life-saving technology. Spencer Abraham
Privacy and confidentiality have always been among our core values. So the question is how to remain true to them in a changing technological and legal environment Carolyn Argentati
Organize all the world’s information and make it universally accessible whatever the consequences Larry Page
Every thinking person fears nuclear war, and every technological nation plans for it. Carl Sagan
Technology is just a means. It's not the end. Subhashree Madhavan
The Internet is the dynamic engine that is driving our economy today and we must keep that open. William M. Daley
Patents should be for technological innovations. So a program for a new machine tool should be patentable but a non-technological innovation, such as grammar-checking software for a word-processor, should not be. Patricia Hewitt
support … continued widespread innovation by resisting the wider application of patents Liberal Democratic Party of Great Britain
Patents have not been a positive force in stimulating innovation at Cisco. Competition has been the motivator; bringing new products to market in a timely manner is critical. Everything we have done to create new products would have been done even if we could not obtain patents Robert Barr
Frankenstein Food Anonymous
Fulton’s Folly Anonymous
the heretical rod Anonymous
Moon Man Anonymous
Today's research is tomorrow's future. Anonymous
A new era of production has begun. It's principles of organization are as different from those of the industrial era as those of the industrial era were different from the agricultural. The cybernation revolution has been brought about by the combination of the computer and the self-regulating machine. This results in a system of almost unlimited capacity which requires progressively less human labor. Cybernation is already reorganizing the economic and social system to meet its own needs .... As machines take over production from men, they absorb an increasing proportion of resources while men who are displaced become dependent on minimal and unrelated [to their work] governmental measures—unemployment insurance, social security, welfare payments. Ad Hoc Committee for the Triple Revolution
It shall be the duty of the legislators and magistrates in all future periods of this commonwealth to cherish the interests of literature and the sciences, and all seminaries of them… John Adams
We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction Aesop
In a world being transformed by technology, good science is vital to good diplomacy. Madeleine Albright
Had I been present at the Creation, I would have given some useful hints for a better ordering of the universe. Alfonso X
In those parts of the world where learning and science have prevailed, miracles have ceased; but in those parts of it as are barbarous and ignorant, miracles are still in vogue. Ethan Allen
Parasitic American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers
We cannot be Neanderthal in a high-tech world. Douglas E. Applegate
Mail is quick. Telegraph is quicker. Telephone is instantaneous. Spiro Agnew
One of the objections most frequently urged against machinery is, that it has a tendency to supersede much of the handlabour which was previously employed; and in fact unless a machine diminished the labour necessary to make an article, it could never come into use. Charles Babbage
Books must follow sciences, and not sciences books. Francis Bacon
Technology can change the world and improve our lifestyles. Steve Ballmer
Breakthroughs are by definition unpredicted events. Therefore predicting breakthroughs is a particularly difficult business. David Baltimore
Most scientific problems are defined by the question of whether a graduate student can study it for his thesis. David Baltimore
If this thing is what they say it is, it's better than the gold rush. Norman Bangerter
The Senate trying to govern cyberspace is analogous to King George believing he could still govern the colonies even though he had never been there. John Perry Barlow
For any rational political leader, war is indeed unthinkable, but two huge military bureaucracies in the two countries [Russia and America] are paid to think about it every day, to plan for it, and to develop scenarios for "winning." The madness of one bureaucracy sustains the other. The technological nightmare into which we have entered is an environment that chokes rational thought. Richard J. Barnet
The role of the federal government is to make sure enough research dollars flow into … universities to help create the ideas that 10 or 15 years from today will be exciting products. Craig Barrett
We are now facing a problem more of ethics than of physics. Bernard Baruch
A matter of no interest to us whether the earth is a sphere or a cylinder or a disk, or concave in the middle like a fan. Basil the Great
Not only am I not persuaded by the testimony; I do not even understand it. For me the charm of quarks is well hidden ... Henry L. Bellmon
Our security and independence require that more young people devote themselves to science and research. David Ben-Gurion
Broadcasting is really too important to be left to the broadcasters and somehow we must find some new way of using radio and television to allow us to talk to each other. Anthony Wedgewood Benn; Tony Benn
Finding the golden mean between alerting and panic is a constant challenge. Robert S. Bennett
The World Wide Web is more a social creation than a technical one. Tim Berners-Lee
We must not repeat the Florida fiasco. The way we vote and count our votes should be consistent with modern technology. Kenneth Blackwell
Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. Omar N. Bradley
Our technology has already outstripped our ability to control it. Omar N. Bradley
Driven by globalization and technology our country and our economy is becoming different every day. William W. Bradley
Most of the things worth doing in the world have been declared impossible before they were done. Louis D. Brandeis
We do not yet have justice, equal and practical, for the poor, for the members of minority groups, for the criminally accused, for the displaced persons of the technological revolution, for alienated youth, for the urban masses, for the unrepresented consumer – for all … who do not partake of the abundance of American life. William J. Brennan, Jr.
Limits [to growth] are indeed imposed by the impact of present technologies and social organization on the biosphere, but we must have the ingenuity to change. And change we must. Gro Harlem Brundtland
Toshiba was able to purchase access to those who were writing the legislation. They won, but what they did was very offensive. John Bryant
Men are impatient of the slow working of natural laws. The triumphs of physical science have enlarged their desires for comfort. James Bryce
We face the prospect of the economically rich getting genetically richer. Allen Buchanan
We have the prospect of intervening in the natural lottery. Allen Buchanan
The clergy, with a few honorable exceptions, have in all modern countries been the avowed enemies of the diffusion of knowledge, the danger of which to their own profession they, by a certain instinct, seem always to have perceived. Thomas Henry Buckle
Hell no ... the last thing I understood was when the guy said hello. George W. Bush
We have the means of removing starvation and disease. We have almost unlimited power in sight, that can make the waste lands bloom. We have the possibility of banishing disease.... We ... can learn the truth and ... tell it to one another throughout a healthy world that is secure against the ravages of nature. It is the setting for a world of peace and unity. One thing is lacking. Good will and understanding. Vannevar Bush
Einstein is an analytical mathematician seeking to give a physical interpretation to the conclusions of his mathematical process. In this he is hampered by a load of contradictory and absurd assumptions. The whole Relativity theory is as easy to follow as the path of a bat in the air at night. Jeremiah Joseph Callahan
All these remarkable new technologies are starting to make people very uncomfortable with the whole process of science. Arthur Caplan
Science, which has transformed the material world, gives man the power of transforming himself. Alexis Carrel
Every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals, from the moment of conception until death. Rachel Carson
Our age has seen the birth of totalitarian systems and forms of tyranny which would not have been possible in the time before the technological leap forward. Catholic Church
…In certain parts of Latin America, the seizure of the vast majority of the wealth by an oligarchy of owners bereft of social consciousness, the practical absence or the shortcomings of a rule of law, military dictators making a mockery of elementary human rights, the corruption of certain powerful officials, the savage practices of some foreign capital interests constitute factors which nourish a passion for revolt among those who thus consider themselves the powerless victims of a new colonialism in the technological, financial, monetary, or economic order. Catholic Church
The liberating force of scientific knowledge is objectively expressed in the great achievements of technology. Whoever possesses technology has power of the earth and men. As a result of this, hitherto unknown forms of inequality have arisen between those who possess knowledge and those who are simple users of technology. Catholic Church
The empires of the future are empires of the mind. Winston Churchill
The empires of the future are empires of mind. Winston Churchill
The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible. Arthur C. Clarkee
As more of our medical records are stored electronically, the threats to our privacy will increase. Bill Clinton
It was government investment that led to the creation of the Internet. Bill Clinton
The information age is first and foremost an education age in which education must start at birth and continue throughout a lifetime. Bill Clinton
We must close the digital divide. Bill Clinton
Luddism is no longer with us, but today we seem to be overtaken by its opposite, the inevitability of technological change coupled with the blind belief in capitalism's ability to provide us with all we need. Eddie Clynes
How can we decide matters of public policy when we cannot understand them? Richard Cohen
I have always read that the world, both land and water, was spherical, as the authority and researches of Ptolemy and all the others who have written on this subject demonstrate and prove, as do the eclipses of the moon and other experiments Christopher Columbus
Life is nanotechnology that works. Rita Colwell
We feel that the road to technology.... has led modern society to a damaged and seared earth William Commanda
Nowadays, we seldom remember that the totalitarianism that emerged early this century was thought to embody, above all, modernity and technology. Robert Conquest
… countries that are behind in their industrial and scientific development are tempted at times to steal those technologies from other countries. John Negroponte
I spent over 90 percent of my time talking to people who didn’t have to listen to me. John Coskinen
With so much power, science will inevitably receive strong criticism. It comes with success. It’s entirely appropriate. Take it as a complement. And get over it. Michael Crichton
The remote area today is more proximate to economic potential. A fiber-optic cable can go where no road or rail ever has. Andrew Cuomo
Science is essentially international, and it is only through lack of historical sense that national qualities have been attributed to it. Marie Curie
This is the first case of it’s kind since we stopped trying people for witchcraft. Clarence Darrow
Brain Machine Interface Program Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; DARPA
While theoretically and technically television may be feasible, commercially and financially I consider it an impossibility. Lee Deforest
Society has come to expect that American science and engineering will contribute to the general economic and social welfare. John Deutch
Most of human history has consisted of unequal conflicts between the haves and have nots. Jared Diamond
The global economy and its technologies can be hugely liberating for those in a position to take advantage of them. E. J. Dionne Jr.
In science your competitors are your colleagues. Carl Djerassi
We must subject the machine—technology—to control and cease despoiling the earth and filling people with goodies merely to make money. William O. Douglas
So great was the preference given to sacred over profane learning that Christianity had been in existence fifteen hundred years, and had not produced a single astronomer. John William Draper
Everything that can be invented has been invented. Charles H. Duell
We can't defend French culture without a [computer] software industry. Marcel Duhamel
Now the power is in your hands! E*Trade
What man's mind can create, man's character can control. Thomas A. Edison
People are just beginning to learn how much their own personal privacy is being invaded and that they’re losing control over their own information. John Edwards
Radioactive poisoning of the atmosphere and hence annihilation of any life on earth has been brought within the range of technical possibility. Albert Einstein
I hadn’t thought of that. Albert Einstein
One must not put manacles upon science. Edward Law Ellenborough
Never use technology for technology's sake. Jeff Eller
Invention breeds invention. Ralph Waldo Emerson
We have a few great engineers and mechanics, and a large body of clever workmen; but the Americans seem likely to become a whole nation of such people. Already, their rivers swarm with steamboats; their valleys are becoming crowded with factories; their towns, surpassing those of every state of Europe, except Belgium, Holland, and England, are the abodes of all the skill which now distinguishes a town population; and there is scarcely an art [occupation and craft] in Europe not carried on in America with equal or greater skill than in Europe, though it has been here cultivated and improved through ages. English Commissioner to the New York Exhibition
Scientific issues are litigated far more often than constitutional ones. David L. Faigman
Why, sir, there is every probability that you will soon be able to tax it. Michael Faraday
Photons have neither morals or visas. David J. Farber
Necessity, the mother of invention George Farquhar
Technology has always run ahead of legislation. James Ferman
I don't have to know an answer. I don't feel frightened not knowing things. Richard P. Feynman
For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled. Richard P. Feynman
Science is a way of trying not to fool yourself. Richard P. Feynman
Police states cannot endure under the advance of the computer because it increases the power of the people far faster than the powers of surveillance. George Gilder
The force of microelectronics will blow apart all of the monopolies, hierarchies, pyramids and power grids of established industrial society. George Gilder
Our goal in life ought to be to extend this medium [the Internet] so that it is available to every man, woman and child in the country. James S. Gilmore III
None of these guys in Silicon Valley would be very rich if you take away government funding for science. Newt Gingrich
Science is the engine that drives the economy and drives national defense. Newt Gingrich
Public policy must lead and not merely react. Dan Glickman
We cannot blindly embrace the benefits of technology. Dan Glickman
The locomotive is coming into contact with the framework of our institutions. In this country of simple government, the most powerful civilizing force which civilization has yet produced must … assume its relation to that political machinery which is to control and regulate it. Edwin Lawrence Godkin
NASA feeds the fuel of the technological furnace of America. Daniel Goldin
Mechanical refrigeration has been found in advance of the wants of the country. John Gorrie
Nature would terminate the fevers by changing the seasons. John Gorrie
An understandable prejudice of intellectual life leads us to view tilters at orthodoxy as courageous front-line innovators. Stephen Jay Gould
Any mechanical invention whatsoever has been more harmful to humanity than a century of war. Remy de Gourmont
I don't know what is to be done. This isn't war. Horatio Herbert Kitchener
Printing made us all readers. Xeroxing made us all publishers. Television made us all viewers. Digitization makes us all broadcasters. Lawrence Grossman
What can be done, will be done. Like a natural force technology is impossible to hold back. Andrew Grove
Government ... is neither business, nor technology, nor applied science. It is the art of making men live together in peace and with reasonable happiness. Felix Frankfurter
Sociology almost always dominates technology. Ideas often lie unused because people do not want to use them. Thomas Friedman
The Internet is an open sewer of unfiltered, untreated information. The Internet can make you smarter, faster than anything else in the world. It can also make you dumber faster. Thomas Friedman
The traditional boundaries between politics, culture, technology, finance, national security, and ecology are disappearing. You cannot explain one without referring to them all. Thomas Friedman
The inventions of a nation are closely connected with the freedom of its people … Inventors must not only possess full freedom to exercise their powers, but there must also be a certain welcome and protection to their ideas. Deprived, as woman is, of political power, she has to face contempt of her sex, open and covert scorn of womanhood, deprecatory allusions to her intellectual powers,—all tending to hamper the expression of her inventive genius. Matilda Joslyn Gage
Women are now in the situation of the mass of mankind a few years since, when science and learning were in the hands of priests, and property was held by vassalage. Matilda Joslyn Gage
Health is a much higher priority than computers. Bill Gates
The great thing about a computer notebook is that no matter how much you stuff into it, it doesn't get bigger or heavier. Bill Gates
These two people have been cruelly wronged. By God, I shall see you righted. George III
Any time you press technology as far as NASA is willing to press it, you sometimes fall short. Leonard Fisk
The military mind always imagines that the next war will be on the same lines as the last. Ferdinand Foch
His trade is doomed. Henry Ford
Our military men placed too much weight on spirit and forgot about science. Hirohito
I was defeated by an elite group in Washington that have an agenda, the National Academy of Sciences and other science groups. They have an agenda to get evolution presented as hard, dogmatic fact. It is pure propaganda. Linda Holloway
Marx never saw an electric light bulb. Hu Yaobang
If formerly restrictive regimes can be persuaded to see the free flow of information not as a threat to the power of sovereign states, but as the creator of a viable economic infrastructure and a population incentivised to take advantage of the new economy, the next century will be promising indeed. Lyric Hughes
Dictators have only become impossible through the invention of the microphone. Sir Thomas Inskip
As long as every question is answered by the word “God,” scientific inquiry is simply impossible. Robert G. Ingersoll
I am not afraid of new inventions. Thomas Jefferson
two centuries behind ours; their literati, half a dozen years before us. Thomas Jefferson
We don’t need 1 million nuclear scientists, but we do need 100 million citizens who are knowledgeable about how science affects their lives. Mae Jemison
If Pakistan is to take its proper place among the progressive nations of the world, it will have to take up a good deal of leeway in the realm of scientific and technical education… Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Desert Storm seemingly reversed one of the principal lessons of Vietnam—namely that excessive reliance on technology in war is a recipe for disaster. Andrew J. Bacevich
Government is too slow to keep up with the digital environment. Ira Magaziner
They [Western Nations] enjoy freedom, prosperity, and peace. They live happily year after year. Their national life is millennial. Commerce, developed; military strong; industry and technology grew progressively. Political situation and scholarship are perfect. I am resentful that my country is by far more miserable than the Western nations. I am regretful that China, who had enjoyed a glorious past, has now become desperate. The nature of my people was originally not bad. Why could not they achieve higher accomplishments than the white people? Chiu Chin
Inventions... cannot, in nature, be a subject of property. Society may give an exclusive right to the profits arising from them, as an encouragement to men to pursue ideas which may produce utility, but this may or may not be done, according to the will and convenience of the society, without claim or complaint from anybody... The exclusive right to invention is given not of natural right, but for the benefit of society Thomas Jefferson
The spirit of manufacture has taken deep root among us, and its foundations are laid in too great expense to be abandoned. Thomas Jefferson
Asians love technology. They see it as the path to a good life. This is not so in Europe where there is much skepticism about technology—maybe because of Nazi Germany and its use of technology. Alvin Toffler
All our inventions have endowed material forces with intellectual life, and degraded human life into a material force. Karl Marx
The public hears that we're Number 1 in science and they want to know why that fact isn't making their lives better. Walter Massey
Military technology is like a continuing chess game, with no final move. David McCurdy
It is difficult putting technical developments in a language that policy makers can understand. Gordon McDonald
The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village. Marshall McLuhan
Such a machine has the advantage that it will not make mistakes because it is tired or does not feel well, or because the weather is warm. William Rush Merriam
The legal and ethical issues are just beginning. Kenneth Meslin
Isn't it strange that as technology advances, the quality of life frequently declines. Harvey Milk
A State which dwarfs its men, in order that they may be more docile instruments in its hands even for beneficial purposes—will find that with small men, no great thing can really be accomplished. John Stuart Mill
One calls humans, who see only the good side of a new invention, technicians. Werner Mitsch
We tend to look at computers and the Internet as items of nicety. In the 21st century, they will be items of necessity. Marc Morial
What hath God wrought! Samuel Morse
Distances in this country are too great. Space must be annihilated. Frank Andrew Munsey
Technologies are political; what technologies finally appear as is not something decided in a laboratory. Christopher Lasch
The sudden political revolutions which strike the historian most forcibly are often the least important. The great revolutions are those of manners and thought. The true revolutions, those which transform the destinies of people, are most frequently accomplished so slowly that the historians can hardly point to their beginnings. Scientific revolutions are by far the most important. Gustave Le Bon
Heaven is tens of thousands of leagues from earth. Yet with the help of a few figures, one may determine the positions and trajectories of celestial bodies. So while Being is immense and its manifestations marvelous and limitless, it follows none the less a constant rule. Le Quay Don
Galactic Computer Network J. C. R. Licklider
The thorniest problems are never technological. Rush Limbaugh
Our thanks, and something more substantial than thanks, are due to the man engaged in the effort to produce a successful steam plow. Abraham Lincoln
The ordinary horseless carriage is at present a luxury for the wealthy; and although its price will probably fall in the future, it will never, of course, come into as common use as the bicycle. Literary Digest
The telegraph annihilates space and time. Every morning every part knows what every other part is thinking, contemplating, or doing. Jack London; John Griffith London
All the industries we deal with have a fundamental obligation to provide technology to education. William Kennard
You yourself said to Khrushchev?, "You may be ahead of us in rocket thrust, but we're ahead of you in color television. I think that color television is not as important as rocket thrust. John F. Kennedy
Legislators don't want to seem anti-science or anti-progress. Andrew Kimbrell
As for the "triumphs of science," let us honour, with astonishment and awe, the genius of those who invented them; but let us remember that the things themselves are as a gun or a sword, with which we can kill our enemy, but with which also our enemy can kill us. Charles Kingsley
Railroads? Electric telegraphs? All honour to them in their place: but they are not progress; they are only the fruits of past progress. No outward and material thing is progress; no machinery causes progress; it merely spreads and makes popular the results of progress. Progress is inward, of the soul. Charles Kingsley
Americans tend to believe that every problem has some technical solution. Ronald Kirby
Sophisticated modern weapons have not eliminated the uncertainty that puts war and warlike activities "in the province of chance" and makes war an extremely dangerous activity with results that are unpredictable and depend as much on "moral force" as on numbers and technology. Jeane Kirkpatrick
Displacement by technology has probably occurred since the invention of the shovel. Henry A. Kissinger
The good Christian should beware of mathematicians….The danger already exists that the mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and to confine man in the bonds of Hell. Saint Augustine
A full-fledged nanotechnology will disrupt all kinds of social and economic processes. Yet there is no reason to believe that humanity will be unable to cope with what is coming. Ronald Bailey
Instruments, machines, looms will increasingly supplement the strength and skill of men; will augment at the same time the perfection and the precision of manufactures by lessening both the time and the labor needed to produce them Marquis de Condorcet
... In thick smoke of human sins, rising every day, every hour, every moment full of stench and horror, before the face of God and becoming gradually so thick as to form a comet, with curled and plaited tresses, which at last is kindled by hot and fiery anger of the supreme Heavenly Judge Andreas Celichius
A great hullabaloo is being made in Germany over the people’s car – seven million are to be built and almost ever family will have its own little car. Galeazzo Ciano
It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God, but to create him Arthur C. Clarkee
Don't talk to me of your Archimedes' lever. He was an absentminded person with a mathematical imagination. Mathematics commands all my respect, but I have no use for engines. Give me the right word and the right accent and I will move the world. Joseph Conrad
The papers are full of the atomic bomb [Hiroshima] which is going to revolutionize everything and blow us all to buggery. Not a bad idea. Noel Coward
It is hard to imagine, considering the inherent silliness, cruelty and superstition of the human race, how it has contrived to last as long as it has. The witch-hunting, the torturing, the gullibility, the massacres, the intolerance, the wild futility of human behaviour over the centuries is hardly credible. And the laws, as they stand today, are almost inconceivably stupid. With all this brilliant scientific knowledge of atom splitting and nuclear physics, etc., we are still worshipping at different shrines, imprisoning homosexuals, imposing unnecessary and completely irrelevant restrictions on each other. Hearts can be withdrawn from human beasts, dead hearts, and, after a little neat manipulation, popped back again as good as new. The skies can be conquered. Sputniks can whiz round and round the globe and be controlled and guided. People are still genuflecting before crucifixes and Virgin Marys, still persecuting other people for being coloured or Jewish or in some way different from what they apparently should be. There are wars being waged at this very moment in Indonesia, Algeria, the Middle East, Cyprus, etc. The Pope still makes pronouncements against birth control. The Ku-Klux-Klan is still, if permitted, ready to dash out and do some light lynching. God, for millions of people, is still secure in his heaven, and My Fair Lady opened in London last night. Noel Coward
When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return. Leonardo da Vinci
The great scientific revolution is still to come. It will ensue when men collectively organize their knowledge for application to achieve and make secure social values; when they systematically use scientific procedures for the control of human relationships and the direction or the social affairs of our vast technological machinery. John Dewey
I haven't failed, I've found 10,000 ways that don't work. Thomas A. Edison
If faith cannot be reconciled with rational thinking, it has to be eliminated as an anachronistic remnant of earlier stages of culture and replaced by science dealing with facts and theories which are intelligible and can be validated. Erich Fromm
Whenever you can, count. Francis Galton
This [hydrogen] is the only technology we know of that can change the game David Garman
I will allow myself to call it devilish; for this was the new war fiend, destined, along with others of the same breed, to annihilate whole navies and batter down old supremacies. Nathaniel Hawthorne
The history of economic growth is the history of people making more with less and shifting into new jobs that were unheard of in the previous generation. David R. Henderson
Every man must admit that by means of instruments and machines the labourer can execute tasks he could not possibly perform without them; that he can perform a greater quantity of work in a given time, and that he can perform the work with greater nicety and accuracy than he could possibly do had he no instruments and machines. Thomas Hodgskin
Descartes commanded the future from his study more than Napoleon from the throne. Oliver Wendell Holmes
It is imperative that in this race, the U.S. must be first across the finish line. Mike Honda
Consumers cannot enjoy the prices and variety we farmers produce without embracing the technologies we use. Blake Hurst
Everything depends on whether the technological disposition is allowed to proceed to its self-augmenting limits, or whether it can be restricted and brought under intellectual, spiritual, moral, and political rule. Leon Kass
If I have written too polemically, it is only because of the passionate concern that we consider because it is too late whether we truly know what we are doing. Leon Kass
There are lots of things that science will enable us to do that we shouldn’t do. Leon Kass
Any one so senseless as to believe that there are men whose footsteps are higher than their heads?. . . that the crops and trees grow downward?. . . that the rains and snow and hail fall upward toward the earth?. . . I am at a loss what to say of those who, when they have once erred, steadily persevere in their folly and defend one vain thing by another Lactantius; Lucius Caecilius Firmianus
If any one age really attains, by eugenics and scientific education, the power to make its descendants what it pleases, all men who live after it are the patients of that power. Clive Staples Lewis
We have changed our environment more quickly than we have learned how to change ourselves. Walter Lippmann
Brazil must increase the value of its human capital by investing in knowledge and technology. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
Just as the stone age did not end for lack of stones, the oil age will not end because of a scarcity of oil. Leonardo Maugeri
Scientific journals are monopolies…and when there's a monopoly there's always the opportunity for extra profit. John McCarthy
The Arms used by the Indians in War were formerly a Bow and Arrow with a Stone Axe and Mallet, but now they get from our People Guns, Swords, Iron Axes and Mallets. John Megapolensis
The telegraph would bind man to his fellow-man in such bonds of amity as to put an end to war. Samuel Morse
I am not sure, therefore, that the highest talent for dissimulation does not belong to a people that does not have that very great physical advantage: the Japanese. Their ability to gain our confidence and appropriate our technology and science is simply phenomenal. Revilo P. Oliver
High Tech is not merely a technical matter. Shimon Peres
It won’t be long before we all number synthetic creatures among our friends. Sidney Perkowitz
WHEREAS, We live in an age in which the most insidious attacks are made on revealed religion through the natural sciences, and as it behooves the Church at all times to have men capable of defending the faith once delivered to the saints; RESOLVED, That this presbytery recommend the endowment of a professorship of Natural Science as connected with revealed religion in one or more of our theological seminaries Presbyterian Synod of Mississippi
It [a comet] appears, only then in the heavens when the latter punish the earth, and through it [the comet] not only predict but bring to pass all sorts of calamity....And, to that end, its tail serves for a rod, its hair for weapons and arrows, its light for a threat, and its heat for a sign of anger and vengeance … Comets can indirectly, in view of their material, betoken wars, tumults, and the death of princes. Franz Reinzer
We discuss the potential drawbacks of genetic testing or genetic modification of crops. We do not discuss the suffering and environmental damage that will be caused by holding back innovation…. The debate is unbalanced here because it is complacent about the imperfect present. Matt Ridley
Give civilized man time to gather all his machines about him, and he will no doubt easily beat the savage; but if you would see a still more unequal contest, set them together naked and unarmed, and you will soon see the advantage of having all our forces constantly at our disposal, of being always prepared for every event Jean Jacques Rousseau
There is no question but … science is the weakest in the lands of Islam. The dangers of this weakness cannot be overemphasized since honorable survival of a society depends directly on strength in science and technology … Abdus Salam
A premodern society, a preindustrial society, is one where people wake up whenever they want, there’s a lot of work but that isn’t set off from leisure…. A modern society is one where the bells ring at a certain time and we move from one place to another and people just become parts of a machine which has a very well thought out, pre-thought out way of working. Susan Smulyan
Our people are of the opinion that such views are contrary to the plan of redemption We do not propose," said the bishop, with quite gratuitous suggestiveness, "to treat you as the Inquisition treated Galileo. This is an age in which scientific atheism, having divested itself of the habiliments that most adorn and dignify humanity, walks abroad in shameless denudation. The arrogant and impertinent claims of this `science, falsely so called, have been so boisterous and persistent, that the unthinking mass have been sadly deluded; but our university alone has had the courage to lay its young but vigorous hand upon the mane of untamed Speculation and say, `We will have no more of this.' Vanderbuilt University
Science and Revelation here In perfect harmony appear,, Guiding young feet along the road Through grace and Nature up to God Vanderbuilt University
We should not place artificial limits on the intellectual work of our gifted scientists to explore new technologies, to understand what is possible … John Warner
In all modern history, interference with science in the supposed interest of religion, no matter how conscientious such interference may have been, has resulted in the direst evils both to religion and science Andrew Dickson White
Computer tech in general has brought us to the stage where producing a photo of a crime or even a moving picture of it does not prove a damned thing anymore. "I saw it with my own eyes" has become a bad joke. Robert Anton Wilson
It is as much our duty to secure ourselves against the effects of lightning as against those of rain, snow, and wind by the means God has put into our hands John Winthrop
The more complex our world becomes, the more we rely on that electronic window to help us process it all. And the greater the responsibility we must shoulder to see that it is used as fairly as it is fearlessly. Ted Turner
National cultures and heritages must compete for man's attention with the mind-absorbing advances of universal science. Shimon Peres
The bullet misses, the bayonet does not. Alexander V. Suvorov
Having lost the old ways, we Cherokee must Consider that we cannot live without the English, for they have all their goods of the English and Arms … without which we could not go to War and so we will always be ruled by them. Mico Chlucco
A Cherokee man’s most prized possession, the gun, was also his most disastrous acquisition, marking the beginning of Cherokee dependence… No Cherokee could make a gun, keep it in repair, or manufacture powder. John Phillip Reid
We have radio and TV in every single part of Mexico. And in every one of the 185,000 schools of Mexico there is an electronic blackboard connected to the Internet—every school. Vincente Fox
Those blessed ages were fortunate which wanted the dreadful fury of the devilish and murdering pieces of ordnance, to whose inventor I am verily persuaded that they render in hell an eternal reward for his diabolical invention, by which he hath given power to an infamous, base, vile, and dastardly arm to bereave the most valorous knight. Miguel de Cervantes
An engineer can form a more handsome waterfall than any to be found in nature. Herbert Hoover
Men will sometimes fly, but it will not be in our lifetime. Wilbur Wright
I believe that simple flight at least is possible to man and that the experiments and investigations of a large number of independent workers will result in the accumulation of information, knowledge, and skill which will finally lead to accomplished flight. Wilbur Wright
Men knew little, formerly, of what was passing beyond . . . their own immediate neighborhood, but now, through the . . . newspapers . . . town and country, state and nation, and the most distant parts of the world are brought together, and whatever is new, rare and important, is conveyed with rapidity to every reader . . . set forth in the most succinct manner, and in a style adapted to the comprehension of all. Southern Quarterly Review
Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace. William Safire
This is our chance to one up the Greeks! It is really possible with the technology of today, not tomorrow. We can provide all the works of humankind to all the people in the world. It will be an achievement remembered for all time… Brewster Kahle
… post-industrial society Alain Touraine
While intellectually you are giants, morally you are pygmies. Tom Lantos
What good are we doing them in China if we are just making money off them but they are still denied freedom. Lynn Woolsey
Thomas Edison invented a voting machine for legislatures. Politicians hated it. They didn’t want people to know how they voted. Harold Evans
The important thing about Edison is that he realized that failure was an opportunity to learn…. Unless you fail, you can’t learn. Harold Evans
In our State the locomotive has waked up the sleeping energies of a great people, and is transforming wasted fields into blooming gardens, and arousing men and women from the dull and heavy sleep that dwells with satisfaction upon the past, into the bright intelligence that looks to a glorious future …. Lawrence O'Bryan Branch
Much as I prize railroads, I am unwilling to see my constituents taxed to build them, except by their own representatives in the State Legislature, at such time, in such manner, and to such extent as they deem wise and prudent Lawrence O'Bryan Branch
Confined to the use of his own physical power, man is one of the most helpless animals. In proportion to his size and requirements, he is unquestionably very weak and slow. But the superiority of his organism consists precisely in the aptitude of his brain and the fitness of his hands for the contrivance and use of mechanical devices, through which he may take from nature, by artifice, those forces in which he is naturally wanting Daniel DeLeon
Each man has an equal social right to multiply his power of motion by all the social factors of civilization. Private property in any of these factors is inconsistent with this fundamental right; it must, obviously, prove a source of economic despotism and industrial slavery.” Daniel DeLeon
The drug habit is the unfailing accompaniment of the neurosis produced by this wonderful age of private-owned machinery. Machinery imposes an exhaustive drain on the nervous system. It compels an acceleration and competition in all departments of life, that is reflected in increased physical breakdown. Drugs then step in as a stimulant. Daniel DeLeon
The machine sucked out of men's muscles as much vigor as it needed Maxim Gorky; Aleksei Maximovitch Peshkov
There is a surplus of capital as well as of goods. The financiers no longer know where to place it. Then they go among the happy nations who are leafing in the sun smoking cigarettes and they lay down railroads, erect factories and import the curse of work. And this exportation of French capital ends one fine morning in diplomatic complications Paul Lafargue
To force the capitalists to improve their machines of wood and iron it is necessary to raise wages and diminish the working hours of the machines of flesh and blood Paul Lafargue
At the present time, when railways, the telegraph, the telephone, to say nothing of other inventions and improvements of importance, have simplified communication between all lands and nations to the last degree, there is scarcely any reason to fear either distance or the estrangement of the several parts of a single whole. Practically distance is almost nonexistent. What to our ancestors appeared simply near at hand now seems to lie immediately before our eyes Pavel Ukhtomskii
Behold the little State of Massachusetts, with more Institutions for industrial education than the entire South; let them see her textile schools, her schools of design, school of art, school of technology, manual-training institutes, trade schools, polytechnic institutes, schools of applied science and institutes of technology; let them see industrial departments in all her city high schools George T. Winston
Japanese spirit, Chinese learning Anonymous
Therapeutic cloning research was approved last January by a large majority of the British Parliament. This means that British researchers will soon be publishing reports of their research techniques in international science journals. Leading American scientists, frustrated by the unwelcoming research environment here, will join them overseas. The Human Cloning Prohibition Act therefore cannot possibly prevent an increase in knowledge about cloning technology. It can only deprive Americans of the medical benefits that therapeutic cloning will bring. Ronald M. Green
To-day, by reason of the immense augmentation of the American population, and the extension of their settlements throughout the entire west, covering both slopes of the Rocky Mountains, the Indian races are more seriously threatened with a speedy extermination than ever before in the history of the country. Ely S. Parker
The Great Good Spirit wants our men to hunt and kill game as in the ancient days, with the silent arrow and the lance and the snare, and no longer with guns. If we hunt in the old ways, we will not have to depend upon white men, for new guns and powder and lead, or go to them to have broken guns repaired. Remember it is the wish of the Great Good Spirit that we have no more commerce with white men! It will take us a while to become such hunters again. We may keep our guns, and if we need to defend ourselves against American white men, the guns will kill them because they are a white man's weapon. But arrows will kill American intruders, too! You must go to the grandfathers and have them teach you Prophet; Tenskwatawa
Now we must worry as much about hard-to-detect small-scale biological weapons producers as we do about the large-scale nuclear weapons programs George Tenet
The Church warns against the attempts to use the scientific and technological progress for establishing control over the inner world of the personality, for creating any technologies making it possible to infuse and manipulate the human consciousness or sub-consciousness. Russian Orthodox Church
If I could invent a machine—a gun—which could by the rapidity of fire, enable one man to do as much battle duty as a hundred, that it would … supersede the necessity of large armies, and consequently exposure to battle and disease be greatly diminished. Richard Jordan Gattling
Global Warming James E. Hanson
The United States Army had become reliant on firepower and technological superiority in its history of annihilating enemy forces...The concept that success in counterinsurgency consisted of separating the insurgents from popular support never took hold. The U.S. Army proceeded with its historical role of destroying the enemy army –p even if it had a hard time finding it. John Nagl
The size of the armaments of every government should be strictly limited, for if the preparations for war and the military forces of any nation should be allowed to increase, they will arouse the suspicion of others. The fundamental principle underlying this solemn Pact should be so fixed that if any government later violate any one of its provisions, all the governments on earth should arise to reduce it to utter submission, nay the human race as a whole should resolve, with every power at its disposal, to destroy that government. Effendi Abbas; Abdul Baha
In this Day the secrets of the earth are laid bare before the eyes of men. The pages of swiftly-appearing newspapers are indeed the mirror of the world. They reflect the deeds and the pursuits of diverse peoples and kindreds. They both reflect them and make them known. They are a mirror endowed with hearing, sight and speech. This is an amazing and potent phenomenon. However, it behooveth the writers thereof to be purged from the promptings of evil passions and desires and to be attired with the raiment of justice and equity. They should enquire into situations as much as possible and ascertain the facts, then set them down in writing. Bahaullah; Husayn Ali Nuri
People use guns but, in a sense, guns use people too. When we have the technology for violence easily at hand, our choices are skewed and we are more vulnerable to being manipulated into violent action. Rowan Williams
We have a massive system to regulate creativity. A massive system of lawyers regulating creativity as copyright law has expanded in unrecognizable forms, going from a regulation of publishing to a regulation of copying. Law and technology produce, together, a kind of regulation of creativity we've not seen before. Lawrence Lessig
We are on the cusp of this time where I can say, "I speak as a citizen of the world" without others saying, "God, what a nut. Lawrence Lessig
Only when the last tree has withered, and the last fish caught, and the last river been poisoned, will we realize we cannot eat money. Cree Tribe
In our high-tech economy, preparation for earning a good living is more readily secured by those who can read, write, speak, and figure well and who have learned how to think critically and reflectively, rather than by those given specialized job training. Mortimer Adler
Median compensation in America has been stagnant over 25 of the last 30 years, the only exceptions being the last 5 years of the 1990s. Robert E. Rubin
I'm not happy exporting jobs but we must move ahead in technology and patents. I don't like losing any jobs but we'll see new opportunities created selling products there. We'll have a net increase in economic activity, just as we did with free trade. It's tempting to want to protect our markets and stay closed. But at some point it all comes crashing down and you're hopelessly left behind. Then you are Russia. Mitt Romney
The computer of today is really in its infancy. Bill Gates
What gets measured, gets done….Results measurement is now mainstreamed Alastair McKechnie
We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us. Marshall McLuhan
Human beings have to adapt to it, and accept total change. Jacques Ellul
Propaganda as a mere tool is no more moral or immoral than a pump handle....the only effective weapon against propaganda on behalf of one policy seems to be propaganda on behalf of an alternative. Harold D. Lasswell
We must not forget that when radium was discovered no one knew that it would prove useful in hospitals. The work was one of pure science. And this is a proof that scientific work must not be considered from the point of view of the direct usefulness of it. It must be done for itself, for the beauty of science, and then there is always the chance that a scientific discovery may become like the radium a benefit for humanity. Marie Curie
All of our problems are the result of overbreeding among the working class, and if morality is to mean anything at all to us, we must regard all the changes which tend toward the uplift and survival of the human race as moral. Margaret Sanger
One of the greatest gifts science has brought to the world is continuing elimination of the supernatural …. We can live our lives without the constant fear that we have offended this or that deity who must be placated by incantation or sacrifice, or that we are at the mercy of devils or the Fates. With increasing knowledge, the intellectual darkness that surrounds us is illuminated and we learn more of the beauty and wonder of the natural world. James D. Watson
The great tragedy of Science --- the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact Thomas Huxley
I don't really know what a cyclotron is but I am certainly very happy Canada has one! Pierre Trudeau
Science has given us more lives than it has taken; we must remember that. Philip K. Dick
People in general have no notion of the sort and amount of evidence often needed to prove the simplest matter of fact. Peter Latham
People in general have no notion of the sort and amount of evidence often needed to prove the simplest matter of fact. Peter Latham
It is the great glory as well as the great threat of science that everything which is in principle possible can be done if the intention to do it is sufficiently resolute. Peter Medawar
The attempt to discover and promulgate the truth is nevertheless an obligation upon all scientists, one that must be persevered in no matter what the rebuffs—for otherwise what is the point in being a scientist? Peter Medawar
We wring our hands over the miscarriages of technology and take its benefactions for granted Peter Medawar
Today the world changes so quickly that in growing up we take leave not just of youth but of the world we were young in. I suppose we all realize the degree to which fear and resentment of what is new is really a lament for the memories of our childhood. Peter Medawar
Philosophy of agriculture itself is changing, becoming systematized and mechanized…. Men of virtue and talents ... are bringing science to the aid of agriculture and introducing method and management to the dull monotony of a farmers life Hezekiah Niles
One class of philosophers calls every extraordinary appearance a judgment or a sign; another class views everything as the working of matter and motion. These two sets are at war with each other. The one denounces the other as superstitious or atheistical. Hezekiah Niles
The bottom line is the protection of life. William Proenza
No presses should be set up or used except those in London and one in the University at Cambridge and one at the University in Oxford. That every printer should within 10 days render an inventory of his implements; upon pain to the delinquent of having the same utterly demolished, and of being imprisoned twelve months … no press should be set up in any obscure place; upon pain to the offender of imprisonment for one year, and also of being disabled forever from using his trade ..:. No new presses should be set up, and that none set up within the six months last past should be used, until their excessive number should have been so reduced as might seem good to the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of London ; upon pain to the offender of the destruction of his implements, and of imprisonment for a year : That no one should print any book against the meaning of any law of the realm or injunction of her Majesty, nor should any one print any book at all unless the same be first read by the- Archbishop of Canterbury or by, the Bishop of London ; under pain to the printer in either case of being disabled from any practice of printing and of being imprisoned six months: That sellers or binders of any such books should be imprisoned three months: And that the wardens of the Company of Stationers might search for all such books wherever they should have reasonable cause of suspicion, and destroy all presses and other instruments set up or used contrary to the meaning of this decree. John Whitgift
We are increasingly dependent on these electronic infrastructures. As technology advances we are more vulnerable. Urmas Paet
The U.S. public is more likely to sour on a conflict when it sees the military losing blood, not treasure. So to keep up our staying power, our skill in hunting and killing our foes has to be matched by our care in concealing and protecting our troops. Three particularly obvious requirements are body armor, mine-resistant vehicles, and telescopic and night sights for every weapon. But these things are expensive for a military that has historically been enamored of big-ticket items such as fighter planes, ships and missiles. Wesley Clark
The Russian Communists faced a problem older than themselves, a problem that had pervaded their country throughout much of the nineteenth century: modernization. The consciousness of Russia's backwardness obsessed and united the elites. Donald Sassoon
If you develop in the old fashioned way there are enormous costs (to the environment)….but we have to demonstrate it, not just tell people. Bill Clinton
As far as the satellite itself is concerned, that doesn’t give me any apprehension at all. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Congress commissioned the first telegraph line, the railroads, the Internet. The role of the government in developing new technology is often misunderstood. Daniel Gross
The English laborer today is far more easy to move than he was 100 years ago. In a stirring new country like America there is much more mobility of labour than in England. Arnold J. Toynbee
The industrial revolution turned time into a commodity. Adam Hart-Davis
The virtual Saudi Arabia actually exists in its rules and in the minds of the people. For instance, in virtual Saudi Arabia there is no satellite television. In principle, and by law, you are not allowed to own a satellite dish. But in reality we are the biggest consumers of satellite television in the Middle East. Not only that, Saudi businessmen are also the biggest investors in satellites. In principle, and by law, Saudi Arabia is not supposed to have interest-based banking, but in fact ninety per cent of our banking system is interest-based. And it goes on and on. The solution for Saudi problems is to bring the virtual world and the real world together. Jamal Khashoggi
It’s important to embrace new technologies instead of fight them. Jeff Bezos
Everything important happens on the margins. Reed Hundt
We are one species, one people. Every individual on this earth is a member of 'homo sapiens sapiens,' and the geographical variations we see among peoples are simply biological nuances on the basic theme. Richard Leakey
Physics is not a religion. If it were, we’d have a much easier time raising money. Leon M. Lederman
Science must begin with myths and with the criticism of myth. Karl Popper
The most dramatic effect of digital libraries will not be on us, the well-booked, but on the billions of people worldwide who are underserved by ordinary paper books. Bill McCoy
The force that we went to war with after 9-11 was a force designed for the Cold War. We have much different needs today. Richard Myers
But how does it happen, that all our information of what is transacting in Europe, should come through indirect Channels, or from the Enemy? George Washington
You only have to ask yourself, "What would happen if the entire population of India and China had two-car garages and were living at the technological and the economic standard that the American middle class is today?" The planet would become very rapidly uninhabitable. Perry Anderson
Human power is to be reckoned less by physical vigor than by mental strength. Baruch Spinoza
In prosperity prepare for a change; in adversity hope for one. James Burgh
All the farmers in this area have electricity, even in their barns. There have been times where the writing of a book is just as important as the milking of a cow. Edna St. Vincent Millay
No young man ... passes through our schools without learning to disbelieve the faith of his forefathers. The luxuriant religions of Asia shrivel into dry sticks when brought into contact with the icy realities of Western science. William Wilson Hunter
Educate, educate, educate! Sayyid Ahmad Khan
...industrialisation took centuries, rather than decades Christine MacLeod
Industrial Revolution Arnold J. Toynbee
You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it. Scott McNealy
The nation that leads the clean energy economy will lead the global economy. Barack Obama
The introduction of machinery is turning into idleness thousands, faster than new industries are founded Samuel Gompers
The marriage of Capital with Science was responsible for the great leap forward into what we live in today. Pure scientists discovered the components into which the natural environment could be decomposed; investors placed their bets on the various methods of decomposition; applied scientists or managers saw to it that the wage workers in their charge carried the project through. Social scientists sought ways to make the workers less human, more efficient and machine-like. Thanks to science, capitalists were able to transform much of the natural environment into a processed world, an artifice, and to reduce most human beings into efficient tenders of the artifice. Fredy Perlman
Every new law enforcement measure in recent years has been met with increasingly sophisticated evasive techniques on the part of organized crime. Karen Selick
Technology is like the ante in a poker game. It is the price you pay to play the game. But it doesn't mean you are going to win. Mark Ellwood
The frontier is not merely a dramatic imagery but a very real process, indeed the basic socio-technical process that informs the experience of certain people and countries. As a process, it is dynamic and essentially progressive, although fraught with problems of its own, as is every other dimension of human life. Daniel J. Elazar
The emergence of modern science as a major new frontier of advancement that would lead, on one hand, to the discovery of new secrets of the universe, the invention of means to harness those secrets and the powers they represented, and the means to improve human health and allow humans to survive to both undertake that work and to enjoy its fruits. Daniel J. Elazar
Why don’t Israelis stop the tanks and fight us with rifles so the fight would be equal? Sheikh Ahmed Yassin
The US became arrogant because of what it owns of weapons and technology. For that, it handles the world as it pleases, and changes the ideologies of people, their habits and ethics in order to spread Western culture at the expense of Islam. Sheikh Ikrimah Sabri
The continued contributions of foreign students will be absolutely vital to maintaining American technological leadership. Nick Smith
Science and technology is going to change every day for the rest of your lives. Newt Gingrich
With the Internet, you hear voices that you never knew were out there. Otis Graham Jr.
Among men of good will, science and democracy together offer an ever-richer life and ever-larger satisfaction to the individual. Franklin D. Roosevelt
In the Department of Agriculture, the use of scientific experiments on a large scale and the spread of information derived from them for the improvement of general agriculture must go on. William Howard Taft
Uncontrolled technology can certainly bring down disaster, perhaps irreparable, on our race. The only protection against it is a growth in man's spiritual and moral maturity proportionate to his growth in technical skill and power. W. Norris Clarke
Technology has miniaturized the globe, reducing vast oceans to mere ponds. Distant countries are now almost neighbors as our bodies travel faster than the speed of sound and our voices at the speed of light. ... Today the world is not much bigger than a ball spinning on the finger of science. William S. Cohen
if we make technology the predestined force in our lives, man will walk to the measure of its demands. We know how leveling that influence can be, how easy it is to computerize man and make him a servile thing in a vast industrial complex. ... This means we must subject the machine -- technology -- to control… William O. Douglas
For every person in the world to reach the present U.S. level of consumption with existing technology would require four more planet earths. Edward O. Wilson
The nation that leads the clean energy economy will lead the global economy. Barack Obama
You have riches and freedom here but I feel no sense of faith or direction. You have so many computers, why don’t you use them in the search for love? Lech Walesa
The advancement of the arts (technology) from year to year taxes our credulity, and seems to presage the arrival of that period when human improvement must end. Henry L. Ellsworth
Commerce has not delivered us out of history’s passions, the World Wide Web has not cast aside blood and kin and faith. Fouad Ajami
Our future progress and prosperity depend upon our ability to equal, if not surpass, other nations in the enlargement and advance of science, industry and commerce. Charles H. Duell
There is no data base that is totally secure. The hackers are always one step ahead and have a vested interest in obtaining the data. Timothy D. Sparapani
We have had a subtle, yet far-reaching change: the decline of respect for expertise. Americans once accepted with little question the view of experts such as … engineers … Bruce E. Seely
Technological innovation is so miserable in the Middle East that, if you exclude Israel, the number of patents filed is less than one fifth the number from sub-Saharan Africa. Ghassan Salame
Universities are meant to pass the torch of civilization. Hal Abelson
When I contemplate the immense advances in sciences and discoveries in the arts which have been made within the period of my life, I look forward with confidence to equal advances by the present generation, and have no doubt they will consequently be as much wiser than we have been as we than our fathers were, and they than the burners of witches Thomas Jefferson
Some are even so absurd as to suppose, that the stock of original ideas is exhausted. DeWitt Clinton
Some foreign governments have now in this country agents to collect our productions. Scientific foreigners are now exploring it with microscopic eyes DeWitt Clinton
Great improvements must also take place which far surpass the momentum of power that a single nation can produce, but will with facility proceed from their united strength. The hand of art will change the face of the universe. Mountains, deserts, and oceans will feel its mighty force. It will not then be debated whether hills shall be prostrated, but whether the Alps and the Andes shall be leveled; nor whether sterile fields shall be fertilized, but whether the deserts of Africa shall feel the power of cultivation; nor whether rivers shall be joined, but whether the Caspian shall see the Mediterranean, and the waves of the Pacific lave the Atlantic. DeWitt Clinton
Several weeks before the Russians launched Sputnik, our team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory asked permission to place a rocket in orbit around the Earth. We could to it with two days of preparation. We had been doing experiments with 2 stage rockets to test materials and designs for nose-cones returning from space. We launched rockets straight up. At the maximum height we turned it around and fired the second stage to drive it straight back to Earth so it could achieve the speed of an object returning from space. We were developing more and more powerful second stage rockets. We had just calculated that our newest second stage had more than enough thrust to, after the ascent, turn the rocket at right angles to the perpendicular, and fire the rocket into orbit around the earth. We could do this easily. The military were initially very enthusiastic. America could be the first nation that put a satellite in orbit. However, the authorities in Washington, not only refused us permission to try, but postponed a number of our regular launches and forbade us from talking to anyone about our capability or request for our experiment.. When Sputnik was launched into orbit a few weeks later, we were really puzzled. No one ever explained why Washington had refused us permission, but we came up with a theory: The issue of the legality under international law of one country having its satellite in orbit over another country’s airspace was not at all settled. If we did satellite reconnaissance in the future over the Soviet Union, the Russians could claim that was an act of war. And we had extensive plans to create such satellites and launch them when we solved all the technical problems in the future. We believe that the authorities knew that the Russians were about to launch Sputnik. By allowing them to be the first to launch, it would be they—not us—who would be setting the precedent of sending satellites over other nation’s airspace and claiming this was not aggression or an act of war as they thought they were way ahead of us. In addition, after WWII, President Eisenhower was having difficulty getting Congress to spend money on rocketry and satellites as well as science and technology including science and mathematics education which was then terrible in America. So allowing the Russians to “beat us” the administration had the issue that they needed, and they allowed the Russians to set the legal precedents that they would have opposed if we were ahead of them and orbited a satellite first. Either President Eisenhower and his team were brilliantly shrewd or they were pretty dumb because we easily could have put our rockets in orbit then. Conway W. Snyder
Man’s greatest advances these last few generations have been made by the application of human intelligence to the management of matter. Now we are confronted by a more difficult problem, the application of intelligence to the management of human relations. Norman Angell
Worldly wisdom teaches that it is better for reputation to fail conventionally then to succeed unconventionally. John Maynard Keynes
Man's achievements rest upon the use of symbols Alfred Korzybski
We have the young people, we have the talent, we have the imagination, we have the technology. But I don't believe we have the leadership and the willingness to accept risk, to achieve great goals. I believe we need a long-term national commitment to explore the universe. And I believe this is an essential investment in the future of our nation — and our beautiful, but environmentally challenged planet… Eugene F. Kranz
Correct" is a property of small systems. Kevin Kelly
Technology has become our culture Kevin Kelly
We are connecting everything to everything Kevin Kelly
As the world of chips and glass fibers and wireless waves goes, so goes the rest of the world Kevin Kelly
The story of automation is the story of a one-way shift from human control to automatic control. Kevin Kelly
I was trying to sell a dream ... There was very little I could put in concrete to tell these people it was really real. Charles K. Kao
Modern science, when devoted whole-heartedly to the general welfare, has in it potentialities of which we do not yet dream. Henry A. Wallace
… there are no backward peoples which are lacking in mechanical sense. Russians, Chinese, and the Indians both of India and the Americas all learn to read and write and operate machines just as well as your children and my children Henry A. Wallace
Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing Jimmy Wales
There is no good reason that the average 7-11 uses more information technology than the average doctor’s office. That is wrong….That is why government needs to give this a big push. Lawrence Summers
We are a society now that is 100 percent dependent on science. Craig Venter
The generals were fighting machine guns with the breasts of gallant men. Winston Churchill
The line between science and magic becomes blurred so that public judgments on technical issues can be erratic or badly flawed. It frequently appears that some people will believe almost anything. Thus judgments can be manipulated or warped by unscrupulous groups. Distortions or outright falsehoods can come to be accepted as fact. Henry W. Kendall
While science and technology play critical roles in sustaining modern civilization, they are not part of our culture in the sense that they are not commonly studied or well comprehended. Neither the potential nor the limitations of science are understood so that what can be achieved and what is beyond reach are not comprehended. Henry W. Kendall
What may appear as a towering peak to one may seem but an ordinary eminence to another. Cargill Gilston Knott
Scientific theory and its application to the growing needs of mankind advance hand in hand. Cargill Gilston Knott
The Knowledge of Nature tends to enlarge the human Mind, and give us more noble, more grand, and exalted Ideas of the Author of Nature, and if well pursu'd, seldom fails producing something useful to Man. Ebenezer Kinnersley
So give me the political economist, the sanitary reformer, the engineer; and take your saints and virgins, relics and miracles. The spinning-jenny and the railroad, Cunard's liners and the electric telegraph, are to me, if not to you, signs that we are, on some points at least, in harmony with the universe; that there is a mighty spirit working among us, who cannot be your anarchic and destroying Devil, and therefore may be the Ordering and Creating God. Charles Kingsley
We're told that the Arabs loathe us. Really? For liberating the Iraqis? For subsidizing the lifestyles of people in Egypt and Jordan, to name but two, for giving them vast amounts of aid? For providing them with science, medicine, technology and all the other benefits of the West? Arabs should go down on their knees and thank God for the munificence of the United States. Robert Kilroy-Silk
Mr. President, you won’t even sell milk technology to us. Mikhail Gorbachev
In my opinion, neither organisms nor organizations evolve slowly and surely into something better, but drift until some small change occurs which has immediate and overwhelming significance. The special role of the human being is not to wait for these favorable accidents but deliberately to introduce the small change that will have great significance. Edwin Land
If you sense a deep human need, then you go back to all the basic science. If there is some missing, then you try to do more basic science and applied science until you get it. Edwin Land
Just because we don't understand doesn't mean that the explanation doesn't exist. Madeleine L'Engle
Solar power will solve all our problems. How much money have we blown on that? This is the hippies' program from the seventies and they're still pushing this stuff. Trent Lott
Facts are more mundane than fantasies, but a better basis for conclusions. Amory Lovins
Life's most important questions are, for the most part, nothing but probability problems. Pierre-Simon Laplace Laplace
Remember that no piece of honestly conducted research is ever wasted, even if it seems so at the time. Put it away in a drawer, and ten, twenty or thirty years down the road, it will come back and help you in ways you never anticipated. Anthony James Leggett
All around us are the consequences of the most significant technological, and hence cultural, revolution in generations Lawrence Lessig
Law and technology produce, together, a kind of regulation of creativity we've not seen before. Lawrence Lessig
Modern civilization depends on science … Joseph Henry
People don’t know what they want until they see it. Steve Jobs
Railroads ... are positively the greatest blessing that the ages have wrought out for us. They give us wings; they annihilate the toil and dust of pilgrimage; they spiritualize travel. Nathaniel Hawthorne
Of the present state we may justly say, that no nation under heaven ever struck out in so short a time, and with so much spirit and reputation, into the labyrinth of art and science; and that, not in the acquisition of knowledge only, but in the happy advantages flowing from it. The world does not at this day exhibit a parallel, neither can history produce its equal. Thomas Paine
You cannot bet against the American worker. Don’t bet against American ingenuity Barack Obama
Media technology had a vital and changing role in the struggle against apartheid. During the Sharpeville shooting, a newsreel stringer raced to the township.  He seems to have shot no more than one roll of film, 100 feet, two and a half minutes, of which only about 65 feet are extant. Arriving at the mopping up stage, the few images he shot are devastating.  Dead women and men are sprawled in their own blood; a dazed and wounded man sits on the ground, unable to get up.  A body is being lifted into a truck; a group of four black men are carrying a corpse in a sheet, under the supervision of a policeman with a sjambok, a giant whip. These were images that constituted irrefutable evidence of the lethal nature of South African racism, and they became part of the anti-apartheid propaganda arsenal for the next decades Peter Davis
We spend millions of dollars to print this stuff (The Congressional Record). It’s all on line. We are tearing down trees to print material we do not need. Tom Coburn
Congress will call to mind that no adequate provision has yet been made for the uniformity of weights and measures also contemplated by the Constitution. The great utility of a standard fixed in its nature and founded on the easy rule of decimal proportions is sufficiently obvious. It led the Government at an early stage to preparatory steps for introducing it, and a completion of the work will be a just title to the public gratitude. James Madison
There is a lot of money getting spent to make sure that a very substantial portion of the public stays totally confused about this. And, I mean, it’s been really quite pernicious. But there’s been literally tens of millions of dollars spent on every little thing that comes along that might, you know, relate to some uncertainty. M. Granger Morgan
Our ignorance will always remain greater than our knowledge. William C. Clark
New and useful sciences are essential to our life in this age and are our defense against aggression and humiliation. Muhammad Abduh
The state does not possess trade or industry. Its wealth is the wealth of the people and the people’s wealth is not possible without the spread of these sciences amongst them so that they may know the ways for acquiring wealth. Muhammad Abduh
… in an age of accelerating change, when even the most sophisticated skills are quickly outdated, we will find many allies in the developing world who are coming to understand that the most important skill anyone can learn is the ability to go on learning. Aga Khan IV
In the current state of the world, the relentless march of globalization generates more ruptures, tensions, contradictions and collective conflicts than did the exportation of fragments of material modernity to colonies in the 19th and 20th centuries. Mohammed Arkoun
Whoever imitates a people is one of them. Muhammad
The Middle East was once an economically advanced region of the world, as measured by standard of living, technology, agricultural productivity, literacy or institutiontopmeal creativity. Only China might have been even more developed. Subsequently, however, the Middle East failed to match the institutional transformation through which western Europe vastly increased its capacity to pool resources, coordinate productive activities and conduct exchanges. Timur Kuran
It is forbidden to sell to Jews and Christians scientific books .... They have in fact translated scientific books and attributed them to their coreligionists and to their bishops, whereas they are really the work of Muslims! lbn Abdun
It is forbidden to sell a coat that once belonged to a leper, or to a Jew or Christian, unless the buyer is informed of its origin; likewise if this garment once belonged to a debauched person lbn Abdun
The position of General Banks leaves his position exposed. You are hereby directed by the President to immediately attack … Abraham Lincoln
If Paul Revere were on his ride today, he would be tweeting. Alec Ross
Statistics are like blood sausage: they are delicious until you find out how they're made. Álvaro Gomez Hurtado
Just don’t bet against the Internet. Eric Schmidt
This society in which knowledge workers dominate is in danger of a new "class conflict" between the large minority of knowledge workers and the majority of workers who will make their livings through traditional ways, either by manual work...or by service work Peter Drucker
Universities won't survive. The future is outside the traditional campus, outside the traditional classroom. Distance learning is coming on fast Peter Drucker
Globalization is the speed of light. Paul Virilio
The dark side of our modern technological age is that more and more killing power is getting into the hands of fewer and fewer individuals. Max Boot
It’s very hard to hold onto new technology. It gets around. Max Boot
This not the age of pamphleteers. It is the age of engineers. The spark-gap is mightier than the pen. Democracy will not be salvaged by men who talk fluently, debate forcefully, and quote aptly. Lancelot Hogben
People who have a new idea often just stop having an old idea. Edwin Land
No mill or other engine for rolling or slitting iron … nor any furnace for making steel shall be erected in the colonies England
I like to think / it has to be!) / of a cybernetic ecology / where we are free of our labors / and joined back to nature, / returned to our mammal / brothers and sisters, / and all watched over / by machines of loving grace. Richard Brautigan
Algorithm Ibn Musa Al-Khwarizmi
Inventions then cannot, in nature, be a subject of property. Society may give an exclusive right to the profits arising from them, as an encouragement to men to pursue ideas which may produce utility, but this may or may not be done, according to the will and convenience of the society, without claim or complaint from any body. Thomas Jefferson
Unless you work on weapons, Hitler will win. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The ... progress of improvement and discovery ought not to be overlooked. ... Philosophy already directs her finger at sources of inexhaustible power. ... We are on the eve of mechanical discoveries still greater than any which have yet appeared. Dionysius Lardner
It is well known that Iraq has the greatest number of scientists, who are among the best in the Arab world. They are being assassinated systematically. We are not allowed to have minds and to progress. Bashir Assad
Reason and justice tell me there is more love for mankind in electricity and steam than there is in chastity and abstaining from meat. Anton Chekhov
But they are useless. They can only give you answers Pablo Picasso
During the years from 1861 through 1864, the Confederate Patent Office had issued 266 patents. During the same four years, the United States Patent Office issued 16,051 patents. Kenneth W. Dobyns
Technology is often not a prime mover but a second-order consequence of food surpluses, urbanization, secularism, political stability ... and other conditions that create a fertile climate for innovation. Max Boot
If we have learned anything at all in this century, it is that all new technologies will be put to use, sooner or later, for better or worse, as it is in our nature to do. Lewis Thomas
America…could within twenty years bring us to a degree of development which Turks, left to themselves, would not be able to achieve in a century. It would make Turkey prosperous, rich and happy and turn Turks into a strong and civilized nation. Riza Nur
5,000 units will saturate the market. Arthur D. Little
The dearest interests of the Southern states are involved in the adoption of measures for the support and encouragement of free laboring whites. Hezekiah Niles
It (the proposal to build the Erie Canal) is a splendid project and may be executed a century hence. Thomas Jefferson
The power to regulate commerce does not look to the principle by which boats were moved. That power was left to individual discretion. The act demonstrates the opinion of Congress that steamboats may be enrolled and licensed in common with vessels using sails. They are, of course, entitled to the same privileges and can no more be restrained from navigating waters and entering ports, which are free to such vessels, than if they were wafted on their voyage by the winds instead of being propelled by the agency of fire. The one element may be as legitimately used as the other, for every commercial purpose authorized by the laws of the river, and the act of a State inhibiting the use of either to any vessel, having a license under the act of Congress, comes, we think, in direct collision with that act. The acts of the Legislature of the State of New York, granting to Robert R. Livingston and Robert Fulton the exclusive navigation of all the waters within the jurisdiction of that State, with boats moved by fire or steam, for a term of years, are repugnant to that clause of the constitution of the United States, which authorizes Congress to regulate commerce, so far as the said acts prohibit vessels licensed, according to the laws of the United States, for carrying on the coasting trade, from navigating the said waters by means of fire or steam. John Marshall
The State hereby grants the exclusive privilege of navigating all boats that might be propelled by steam, on all waters within the territory, or jurisdiction of the State, for the term of twenty years. New York State
In science, nobody has been right for 100 years since Aristotle. Anonymous
The sciences which we feel in need of is thought of by some people to be technology and other means of mastering agriculture and trade. This is false, for if we look at what we complain of, we find something deeper than the mere lack of technology and similar disciplines...The science which will revive the souls is the science of disciplining the soul. Such a discipline exists only in religion, therefore what we lack is extensive knowledge of the ethics of religion and what we need in accordance with our feelings is to have a true understanding of religion. Muhammad Abduh
Trade ministers lag behind technology or the development of technology. Charlene Barshevsky
With 5% of the world’s population, the United States employs about a third of all the research and development workers in the world. Jack Marburger
In the tragic situation which confronts humanity, we feel that scientists should assemble in conference to appraise the perils that have arisen as a result of the development of weapons of mass destruction.... There lies before us, if we choose, continual progress in happiness, knowledge, and wisdom. Shall we, instead, choose death, because we cannot forget our quarrels? We appeal, as human beings, to human beings: Remember your humanity, and forget the rest. If you can do so, the way lies open to a new Paradise; if you cannot, there lies before you the risk of universal death. Albert Einstein; Bertrand Russell
Humanity also needs dreamers, for whom the disinterested development of an enterprise is so captivating that it becomes impossible for them to devote their care to their own material profit. A well-organized society should assure to such workers the efficient means of accomplishing their task, in a life freed from material care and freely consecrated to research. Marie Curie
Although the world has undergone many changes, both good and bad, in the past century, change need not imply the loss of traditional values. Nor is progress another word for moral decay. It is not development and progress which jeopardize values and morality but rather the absence of a strong and secure moral foundation developed first and foremost in the family. Surely, it is possible for one to enjoy the conveniences of modern life-airplanes and automobiles, computers and cell phones, microwaves and VCRs-without losing one's sense of values. When we love God, love our families, we can enjoy life without betraying the practices of decency, without abandoning the traditions of our cultures. Jehan Sedat
Energy is one of the worst bottlenecks in the development of industry and the national economy V. V. Kuibyshev
The country that spends the most per GDP on research and development is Israel. George P. Shultz
Superior technical achievements — used correctly both strategically and tactically — can beat any quantity numerically many times stronger yet technically inferior. Adolf Galland
You may very appropriately want to ask me how we are going to resolve the ever-acceleratingly dangerous impasse of world-opposed politicians and ideological dogmas. I answer, it will be resolved by the computer. While no politician or political system can ever afford to yield understandably and enthusiastically to their adversaries and opposers, all politicians can and will yield enthusiastically to the computer’s safe flight-controlling capabilities in bringing all of humanity in for a happy landing. R. Buckminster Fuller
Upon the progress of knowledge the whole progress of the human race is immediately dependent: he who retards that, hinders this also. Johann Gottlieb Fichte
The Pirate Party believes it's time to think about digital rights rather than digital privilege. Pirate Party
A world in which we can fully experience the benefits that a connected society brings remains out of reach. Vested interests all too often feel threatened by the modern world, and they are holding Scotland back. We want to change that. Finlay Archibald
...there are … two ways of ruining a society -- namely, letting the market "be the sole director of the fate of human beings," and allowing technology “to permeate every aspect of our lives.  In the United States, both of these developments have converged, creating a huge chasm between rich and poor … Morris Berman
The difference between a hacker and consumer is a consumer says, "I wish it would work this way." A hacker says, "I've got a screwdriver and a few minutes. Rael Dornfest
Engineers are all basically high-functioning autistics who have no idea how normal people do stuff. Cory Doctorow
Every problem that is interesting is also soluble David Deutsch
No longer is science asked to understand the world, or to improve any part of it. It is asked instead to immediately justify everything that happens....spectacular domination has cut down the vast tree of scientific knowledge in order to make itself a truncheon. Guy Debord
It should bother you that some European countries have broadband Internet speeds that are 4 times ours. Bill Clinton
The best technology transfer program is that of MIT. The reason is that they do not take any money for licensing. Instead they take stock. Then they make professors available to the company Bill Clinton
Almost everything you do fails. To develop a great success we must have thousands of failures along the way James Dyson
The starting point is a passionate anger at something that does not work very well. James Dyson
Airbags are a lot of baloney, no matter what Allstate says or no matter what the DOT says. Henry Ford II
... as the world rapidly becomes a civilization of machines, the masters of machines will increasingly be the ones in control of the world. John Dillinger
War is the ultimate realization of modern technology. Don DeLillo
Upon the progress of knowledge the whole progress of the human race is immediately dependent: he who retards that, hinders this also. Johann Gottlieb Fichte
I foresee great refinements in the field of short-pulse microwave signaling, whereby several simultaneous programs may occupy the same channel, in sequence, with incredibly swift electronic communication; vastly important developments in microwave technique, whereby present clumsy connecting leads between wall or floor sockets and electric devices like toasters and vacuum sweepers may become unnecessary; … short waves will be generally used in the kitchen for roasting and baking, almost instantaneously Lee De Forest
Unwittingly then had I discovered an Invisible Empire of the Air, intangible, yet solid as granite, whose structure shall persist while man inhabits the planet. Lee De Forest
Fortunately science, like that nature to which it belongs, is neither limited by time nor by space. It belongs to the world, and is of no country and of no age … Humphry Davy
If we are to avail ourselves fully of the benefits of civil aviation, and if we are to use the automobiles we can produce, it will be necessary to construct thousands of airports and to overhaul our entire national highway system. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Rapid changes - the machine age, the advent of universal and rapid communication, and many other new factors - have brought new problems. Succeeding generations have attempted to keep pace by reforming in piecemeal fashion this or that attendant abuse. As a result evils overlap and reform becomes confused and frustrated. We lose sight, from time to time, of our ultimate human objectives. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The Book of the science of Mechanics must precede the Book of useful inventions. Leonardo da Vinci
Nothing can astound an American. It has often been asserted that the word "impossible" is not a French one. People have evidently been deceived by the dictionary. In America, all is easy, all is simple; and as for mechanical difficulties, they are overcome before they arise. Between Barbicane's proposition and its realization no true Yankee would have allowed even the semblance of a difficulty to be possible. A thing with them is no sooner said than done. Jules Verne
The idea behind digital computers may be explained by saying that these machines are intended to carry out any operations which could be done by a human computer. Alan Turing
Shall an invention be patented or donated to the public freely? I have known some well-meaning scientific men ... to look askance at the patenting of inventions, as if it were a rather selfish and ungracious act, essentially unworthy. The answer is very simple. Publish an invention freely, and it will almost surely die from lack of interest in its development. It will not be developed and the world will not be benefited. Patent it, and if valuable, it will be taken up and developed into a business. Elihu Thomson
… only today, or yesterday at the earliest, after the long millenniums of man's life on this planet, has he acquired the technical skill, the command over the forces of nature, the physical power to produce enough and more for all his children upon the face of the earth. Norman Thomas
If we have learned anything at all in this century, it is that all new technologies will be put to use, sooner or later, for better or worse, as it is in our nature to do. Lewis Thomas
Ere many generations pass, our machinery will be driven by a power obtainable at any point of the universe…. Throughout space there is energy. Is this energy static or kinetic? If static, our hopes are in vain; if kinetic — and this we know it is, for certain — then it is a mere question of time when men will succeed in attaching their machinery to the very wheelwork of nature. Nikola Tesla
To conquer by sheer force is becoming harder and harder every day. Defensive is getting continuously the advantage of offensive, as we progress in the satanic science of destruction. Nikola Tesla
Within a few years a simple and inexpensive device, readily carried about, will enable one to receive on land or sea the principal news, to hear a speech, a lecture, a song or play of a musical instrument, conveyed from any other region of the globe. Nikola Tesla
Humanity is not yet sufficiently advanced to be willingly led by the discoverer's keen searching sense. But who knows? Perhaps it is better in this present world of ours that a revolutionary idea or invention instead of being helped and patted, be hampered and ill-treated in its adolescence — by want of means, by selfish interest, pedantry, stupidity and ignorance; that it be attacked and stifled; that it pass through bitter trials and tribulations, through the heartless strife of commercial existence. So do we get our light. So all that was great in the past was ridiculed, condemned, combated, suppressed — only to emerge all the more powerfully, all the more triumphantly from the struggle. Nikola Tesla
We’re going to carry our books in our breast pocket. They only thing is it will not look like a book. Ray Bradbury
For the robust, an error is information. Nassim Nicholas Taleb
We now have access to so much information that we can find support for any prejudice or opinion. David Suzuki
If the word of God and scholarship disagree, then to Hell with scholarship! Billy Sunday
People who worry about genetically modified food, a technology which has been tested and proven safe, talk to each other on cell phones which have not been tested and proven safe. Michael Crichton
In some countries the effort to debate and legislate the social and ethical implications of the new biological and genetic technologies often precedes their application. This observation confirms the realization by the public that biotechnological applications will interfere with all the basic and profound value systems considered by every human being Calum MacKellar
We cannot measure our safety in terms of miles on a map any more. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The nations that are achieving something have no taste for poetry Muhammad Iqbal
We cannot sit in the West and prescribe for peoples in the East, whose societies and ways of life are being destabilized by Western and imperialistic religious, economic and technological initiatives -- without having walked in their shoes Pandita Indrani; Pandita Indrani
An inventor is simply a person who doesn't take his education too seriously. He tries and fails maybe a 1000 times. If he succeeds once, then he's in. Charles Kettering
I have no doubt that it is possible to give a new direction to technological development, a direction that shall lead it back to the real needs of man, and that also means: to the actual size of man. Man is small, and, therefore, small is beautiful. Ernst Friedrich Schumacher
Normal people … believe that if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Engineers believe that if it ain't broke, it doesn't have enough features yet. Scott Adams
No particular technology lasts for long. Charles Osgood
They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the Internet. And again, the Internet is not something you just dump something on. It's not a big truck. It's a series of tubes. And if you don't understand those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and it's going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material. Theodore Fulton Stevens
When it comes to scientific matters the ready talkers simply run riot. There are a lot of pseudo-scientists who with a little technical jargon to spatter through their talk are always getting in the limelight Charles Proteus Steinmetz
To have the choice between proprietary software packages, is being able to choose your master. Freedom means not having a master. And in the area of computing, freedom means not using proprietary software. Richard Stallman
Copyleft Richard Stallman
Arrangements to make people pay for using a program, including licensing of copies, always incur a tremendous cost to society through the cumbersome mechanisms necessary to figure out how much (that is, which programs) a person must pay for. And only a police state can force everyone to obey them. Consider a space station where air must be manufactured at great cost: charging each breather per liter of air may be fair, but wearing the metered gas mask all day and all night is intolerable even if everyone can afford to pay the air bill. And the TV cameras everywhere to see if you ever take the mask off are outrageous. It's better to support the air plant with a head tax and chuck the masks. Copying all or parts of a program is as natural to a programmer as breathing, and as productive. It ought to be as free. Richard Stallman
The patent system was established to encourage inventors to disclose the details of their inventions. Its purpose was to help society rather than to help inventors. At the time, the life span of 17 years for a patent was short compared with the rate of advance of the state of the art. Since patents are an issue only among manufacturers, for whom the cost and effort of a license agreement are small compared with setting up production, the patents often do not do much harm. They do not obstruct most individuals who use patented products. Richard Stallman
All intellectual property rights are just licenses granted by society because it was thought, rightly or wrongly, that society as a whole would benefit by granting them. But in any particular situation, we have to ask: are we really better off granting such license? What kind of act are we licensing a person to do? Richard Stallman
The intellectual development of man, far from having gotten men away from war, has, rather, on the contrary, brought them to a refinement always more perfected in the art of killing. They even came to raise the methods of slaughter to the rank of "science". Afrikan Aleksandrovich Spir
The Internet has become the phenomenon of the new century. It has become the voice of the people in the first genuine experiment in democracy yet conducted in America. It stands ready to serve every facet, every faction. It creates neighbors where once we were foreigners. It carries our individual voices to new communities formed through the magic of electronics. The electronic village has been born, and the village voice, via the internet is being heard. Gerry Spence
Scientific men can hardly escape the charge of ignorance with regard to the precise effect of the impact of modern science upon the mode of living of the people and upon their civilization. For them, such a charge is worse than that of crime. Frederick Soddy
The landed classes neglected technical education, taking refuge in classical studies; as late as 1930, for example, long after Ernest Rutherford at Cambridge had discovered the atomic nucleus and begun transmuting elements, the physics laboratory at Oxford had not been wired for electricity. Intellectuals neglect technical education to this day. Richard Rhodes
We live in times of wonderful technology and crappy politics. The task before us now is not to let the latter destroy the former. L. Neil Smith
Cross pollination of fields, innovation in one stimulates revolutionary changes in another. All the instruments in a hospital which allow us observation of the human body without cutting you open were based on principles of physicists developed by physicists who had no interest in medicine. This is the way innovation moves from one field to another. Neil deGrasse Tyson
Who brings tomorrow into the present if not the scientists, technicians and engineers? Neil deGrasse Tyson
The world is at a crossroads. Our generation may be the first in history with the knowledge, tools and resources to truly turn back the rising tide of hunger and misery. Josette Sheeran
I visualize a time when we will be to robots what dogs are to humans. And I am rooting for the machines. Claude Shannon
modern civilization and the progress of science have greatly improved man's life and have brought comfort and ease in their trail. But civilization can serve man both for good as well as for evil purposes. Experience shows that it has invariably brought great dividends to those who use it for good purposes while it has always brought incalculable harm and damnation to those who use it for evil purposes Haile Selassie
... things that people learn purely out of curiosity can have a revolutionary effect on human affairs. Frederick Seitz
There are two kinds of cryptography in this world: cryptography that will stop your kid sister from reading your files, and cryptography that will stop major governments from reading your files. Bruce Schneier
Technology will move faster than governments, so don't legislate before you understand the consequences. Eric Schmidt
It can even be thought that radium could become very dangerous in criminal hands, and here the question can be raised whether mankind benefits from knowing the secrets of Nature, whether it is ready to profit from it or whether this knowledge will not be harmful for it. The example of the discoveries of Nobel is characteristic, as powerful explosives have enabled man to do wonderful work. They are also a terrible means of destruction in the hands of great criminals who lead the peoples towards war. I am one of those who believe with Nobel that mankind will derive more good than harm from the new discoveries. Pierre Curie
We cannot idealize technology. Technology is only and always the reflection of our own imagination, and its uses must be conditioned by our own values. Bill Clinton
Four years ago nobody but nuclear physicists had ever heard of the Internet. Today even my cat, Socks, has his own web page. I'm amazed at that. I meet kids all the time, who have been talking to my cat on the Internet. Bill Clinton
The solutions put forth by imperialism are the quintessence of simplicity...When they speak of the problems of population and birth, they are in no way moved by concepts related to the interests of the family or of society...Just when science and technology are making incredible advances in all fields, they resort to technology to suppress revolutions and ask the help of science to prevent population growth. In short, the peoples are not to make revolutions, and women are not to give birth. This sums up the philosophy of imperialism. Fidel Castro
When a body acts upon another one, it is always immediately or through some intermediate body; this intermediate body is in general what one calls a machine. Lazare Nicolas Marguerite Carnot
This is the patent-age of new inventions For killing bodies, and for saving souls, All propagated with the best intentions; Lord George Gordon
I have been so constantly under the necessity of watching the movements of the most unprincipled set of pirates I have ever known, that all my time has been occupied in defense, in putting evidence into something like legal shape that I am the inventor of the Electro-Magnetic Telegraph. Samuel Morse
All attempts to adapt our ethical code to our situation in the technological age have failed. Max Born
… in practical affairs, particularly in politics, men are needed who combine human experience and interest in human relations with a knowledge of science and technology. Moreover, they must be men of action and not contemplation. I have the impression that no method of education can produce people with all the qualities required. I am haunted by the idea that this break in human civilization, caused by the discovery of the scientific method, may be irreparable. Max Born
I tried and failed. I tried again and again and succeeded. Gail Borden
The advancement and perfection of mathematics are intimately connected with the prosperity of the State. Napoleon Bonaparte
Engineering or Technology is the making of things that did not previously exist, whereas science is the discovering of things that have long existed. David Billington
The web is more a social creation than a technical one. I designed it for a social effect—to help people work together—and not as a technical toy. The ultimate goal of the Web is to support and improve our weblike existence in the world. We clump into families, associations, and companies. We develop trust across the miles and distrust around the corner. Tim Berners-Lee
Innovation never comes from the established institutions. Eric Schmidt
It is not clear to anyone, least of all the practitioners, how science and technology in their headlong course do or should influence ethics and law, education and government, art and social philosophy, religion and the life of the affections. Yet science is an all-pervasive energy, for it is at once a mode of thought, a source of strong emotion, and a faith as fanatical as any in history. Jacques Barzun
Millions saw the apple fall but Newton was the one who asked 'why.' Bernard Baruch
I do not believe that the present flowering of science is due in the least to a real appreciation of the beauty and intellectual discipline of the subject. It is due simply to the fact that power, wealth and prestige can only be obtained by the correct application of science. Derek H. R. Barton
For one person who is blessed with the power of invention, many will always be found who have the capacity of applying principles. Charles Babbage
We are gradually coming within thinkable distance of the realization of a prophecy I had ventured to make four years ago, of a time when, if a person wanted to call to a friend he knew not where, he would call in a very loud electromagnetic voice, heard by him who had the electromagnetic ear, silent to him who had it not. “Where are you? ” he would say. A small reply would come, “I am at the bottom of a coalmine, or crossing the Andes, or in the middle of the Atlantic.” Or, perhaps in spite of all the calling, no reply would come, and the person would then know that his friend was dead. Think of what this would mean ... a real communication from a distance based on true physical laws. William Edward Ayrton
The engineer is the key figure in the material progress of the world. It is his engineering that makes a reality of the potential value of science by translating scientific knowledge into tools, resources, energy and labor to bring them to the service of man ... To make contribution of this kind the engineer requires the imagination to visualize the needs of society and to appreciate what is possible as well as the technological and broad social age understanding to bring his vision to reality Eric Ashby
The more we know about life out there the easier it will be to improve life down here. Andy Rooney
You really can’t blame the military for wanting to go to war [in Iraq]. They’ve got all these new toys and they want to know whether they work or not. Andy Rooney
Science requires much more than money and projects. Science requires freedom: freedom to enquire, to challenge, to think, and to envision the unimagined. We must be able to question convention and arbitrate our disputes by the rules of evidence. It is the content of scientific work that matters, not the persons who produced it, regardless of the color of their skin, the god they choose to worship, the ethnic group they were born into, or their gender. These are the values of science, but even more, they are societal values worth defending, not just to promote the pursuit of science but to have a better and more humane society. Ismail Serageldin
With the Internet, information is knowledge and knowledge is freedom. John McCain
If there had been Twitter at the time of the French Revolution, they would have claimed that the French Revolution was caused by twitter. Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The American Civil War was the wrangling of two armed mobs. Helmuth von Moltke
The great question, however, for the poor man is, or shortly will be, that of escape from competition with labor-saving machinery William Henry Babcock
Never wrong for long! Anonymous
Adam Smith did not foresee powerful labor unions or social welfare or heavy technology. He marveled at the productivity attained by division of labor in the making of pins. He knew nothing about single electric-current circuit breakers big as a house. Although accumulation of capital from profit and its reinvestment in productive equipment were cornerstones of his philosophy, the scale of investment required for the subsequent technological advances was beyond his ken. Amusingly, he saw no future for the corporation, because, in his opinion, such an artificial body could not marshal the selfish, driving search for profit so fundamental to his system. Leland Hazard
In the matter of labor, whether common or skilled, the white artisan has no chance to compete with Orientals upon their own soil, or—except in the manufactures wholly depending upon the applied sciences—upon any other soil. White labor has never been able to compete on equal terms with Oriental labor. Lafcadio Hearn
There has been a great reduction in the cost of producing crops in some favored regions where steam-ploughs and steam-reaping, steam-threshing, and steam-sacking machines can be employed; but there has been no reduction in the cost of producing crops upon the ordinary American farm at all corresponding to the reduction in the price of the produce. Francis Amasa Walker
Just beyond the horizon of current events lie two possible political futures -- both bleak, neither democratic. The first is a retribalization of large swaths of humankind by war and bloodshed: a threatened Lebanonization of national states in which culture is pitted against culture, people against people, tribe against tribe -- a Jihad in the name of a hundred narrowly conceived faiths against every kind of interdependence, every kind of artificial social cooperation and civic mutuality. The second is being borne in on us by the onrush of economic and ecological forces that demand integration and uniformity and that mesmerize the world with fast music, fast computers, and fast food -- with MTV, Macintosh, and McDonald's, pressing nations into one commercially homogenous global network: one McWorld tied together by technology, ecology, communications, and commerce. The planet is falling precipitantly apart and coming reluctantly together at the very same moment Benjamin R. Barber
This is a matter far too important to be left solely in the hands of the scientific and medical communities. The belief that surrogate mothers and clonal babies are inevitable because science always moves forward, an attitude expressed to me recently by a scientific colleague, represents a form of laissez-faire nonsense dismally reminiscent of the creed that American business, if left to itself, will solve everybody's problems. Just as the success of a corporate body in making money need not set the human condition ahead, neither does every scientific advance automatically make our lives more 'meaningful.' No doubt the person whose experimental skill will eventually bring forth a clonal baby will be given wide notoriety. But the child who grows up knowing that the world wants another Picasso may view his creator in a different light. James D. Watson
There is a final result of Vietnam policy I would cite that holds potential danger for the future of American foreign policy: the rise of a new breed of American ideologues who see Vietnam as the ultimate test of their doctrine. I have in mind those men in Washington who have given a new life to the missionary impulse in American foreign relations: who believe that this nation, in this era, has received a threefold endowment that can transform the world. As they see it, that endowment is composed of, first, our unsurpassed military might; second, our clear technological supremacy; and third, our allegedly invincible benevolence (our 'altruism,' our affluence, our lack of territorial aspirations). Together, it is argued, this threefold endowment provides us with the opportunity and the obligation to ease the nations of the earth toward modernization and stability: toward a full-fledged Pax Americana Technocratica. In reaching toward this goal, Vietnam is viewed as the last and crucial test. Once we have succeeded there, the road ahead is clear. In a sense, these men are our counterpart to the visionaries of Communism's radical left: they are technocracy's own Maoists. They do not govern Washington today. But their doctrine rides high. James Thomson
… science may implement the ways in which man produces, stores, and consults the record of the race.... Vannevar Bush
Hemingway has expressed with genius the terrors of the modern man at the danger of losing control of his world Edmund Wilson
The Spanish Inquisition sought to avoid direct responsibility for the burning of heretics by handing them over to the secular arm; to burn them itself, it piously explained, would be wholly inconsistent with its Christian principles. Few of us would allow the Inquisition thus easily to wipe its hands clean of bloodshed; it knew quite well what would happen. Equally, where the technological application of scientific discoveries is clear and obvious — as when a scientist works on nerve gases — he cannot properly claim that such applications are "none of his business," merely on the ground that it is the military forces, not scientists, who use the gases to disable or kill. John Passmore
The Times and the Guardian accuse us of operating a police-state. The BBC Persian programme has made similar allegations, saying that countries such as Iran and Saudi Arabia should be denied access to Western military technology. What are the bloody fools on about? Do they seriously regard Iraq, or Algeria, or Libya as liberal regimes?. Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
This is indeed the annihilation of space. Galignani Messenger
The computer is incredibly fast, accurate, and stupid. Man is unbelievably slow, inaccurate, and brilliant. The marriage of the two is a force beyond calculation Leo M. Cherne
Search engines take misinformation and put it into our echo chamber. Trying to counter it is the functional equivalent of having your hair full of honey and bees and your trying to whack the bees with your hands. Lanny J. Davis
One of the very most useful of all inventions, but rendered almost worthless & a cold & deliberate theft & swindle by the black scoundrelism & selfishness of the companies of chartered robbers who conduct it. Mark Twain
It takes a thousand men to invent a telegraph, or a steam engine, or a phonograph, or a photograph, or a telephone, or any other Important thing--and the last man gets the credit and we forget the others. Mark Twain
Every great invention takes a livelihood away from 50,000 men--& within ten years creates a livelihood for half a million. Mark Twain
Avoid the precepts of those thinkers whose reasoning is not confirmed by experience. Leonardo da Vinci
All that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology and the big bang theory, all that is lies from the pit of Hell. And lies to keep me and all the people who are taught that from understanding that they need a savior…. The earth is about 9,000 years old it was made in six days. Paul Collins Broun Jr.
At no great distance from the Minnesota lay the strangest-looking craft I ever saw. It was a platform of iron, so nearly on a level with the water that the swash of the waves broke over it, under the impulse of a very moderate breeze; and on this platform was raised a circular structure, likewise of iron, and rather broad and capacious, but of no great height. It could not be called a vessel at all; it was a machine,—and I have seen one of somewhat similar appearance employed in cleaning out the docks; or, for lack of a better similitude, it looked like a gigantic rat-trap. It was ugly, questionable, suspicious, evidently mischievous,—nay, I will allow myself to call it devilish; for this was the new war-fiend, destined, along with others of the same breed, to annihilate whole navies and batter down old supremacies…. A storm of cannon shots damages them no more than a handful of dried peas. We saw the shot marks made by the great artillery of the Merrimack on the outer casing of the iron tower; they were about the breadth and depth of shallow saucers, almost imperceptible dents, with no corresponding bulge on the interior surface…. Nothing, however, can exceed the confidence of the officers in this new craft. It was pleasant to see their benign exultation in her powers of mischief, and the delight with which they exhibited the circumvolutory movement of the tower, the quick thrusting forth of the immense guns to deliver their ponderous missiles and then the immediate recoil, and the security behind the closed port-holes. Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Automatic Telephone Throws on the Subscriber Responsibility for Any Mistakes in Making a Call, Which, in Cosmopolitan Shanghai, May Be Disastrous North China Daily News
I am not really an inventor. I just steal my ideas from 8-year olds. Saul Griffith
What was good enough for my father is good enough for me" is a treasured English axiom which, if strictly carried out, would have kept us to wooden ploughs and water clocks. In these days we need to be inoculated with some of the nervous energy of the Americans. Archibald Philip Primrose Rosebery
Everything new endangers something old. A new machine replaces human hands; a new source of power threatens old businesses; a new trade route wipes out the supremacy of old ports and brings prosperity to new ones. This is the price that must be paid for progress and it is worth it. Hyman Rickover
Sit down before fact with an open mind. Be prepared to give up every preconceived notion. Follow humbly wherever and to whatever abyss Nature leads or you learn nothing. Hyman Rickover
If you mean whose side one should be on, Israel or the Arabs, I would certainly say Israel because it’s the advanced, technological, civilized country amidst a group of almost totally primitive savages who have not changed for years and who are racist and who resent Israel because it’s bringing industry, intelligence, and modern technology into their stagnation.. Ayn Rand
… life in nature, without technology, is wholesale death. Ayn Rand
We use trains and planes, but they are not our trains or planes. The (Westerners) manufacture them and export them to us....We own them, but we don't manufacture them. We don't even produce a single nail in any of these cars....Islam teaches us to do things professionally. Doing things professionally is a religious duty....The Prophet said that Allah ordered to excel in everything....Even when killing, you must do well....We import everything from needles to missiles. This is our nation. Yusuf al Qaradawi
War is the ultimate realization of modern technology. Don DeLillo
network neutrality Tim Wu
We’re in the Internet age, and so domestic politics is no longer domestic, really, It’s international. I don’t think that has quite hit our politicians. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
The greatness of the Erie Canal is the American equal only of its equality and liberty. Marquis de Lafayette; Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier
Innovation - the heart of technological change - is fundamentally a learning process. Peter Dicken
You shall have sometime your house so full of glass that we cannot tell where to come to be out of the sun or the cold. Francis Bacon
For those whose real crime is outsmarting the authorities, severe punishment awaits. Peter Ludlow
Hacktivists, roughly speaking, are individuals who redeploy and repurpose technology for social causes. In this sense they are different from garden-variety hackers out to enrich only themselves. Peter Ludlow
If the diligence of modern industry were replaced by the contemplative life of the past, unnumbered millions would be doomed to death by starvation. Ludwig von Mises
The U.S. and Japan are scared of us catching up, and they will do anything to contain China's development … Liu Yuan
It is not known where he that invented the plough was born, nor where he died: yet he has effected more for the happiness of the world than the whole race of heroes and of conquerors, who have drenched it with tears, and manured it with blood, and whose birth, parentage, and education have been handed down to us with a precision proportionate to the mischief they have done. Charles Caleb Colton
Interconnectivity on the Internet with all people means interconnectivity with the evil people Eric Schmidt
Even before the [2008] recession, corporations were able to enhance profitability by taking advantage of using technology to perform or supplement the work of human beings. This was, on the whole, a manageable situation. Workers who were replaced by the technology were adapting by learning how to work with the technology; jobs in technology opened up to balance the jobs lost. The current situation is far different. During the recession, companies learned how to maintain production and profits with fewer employees. They assigned existing workers to take on tasks performed by those who were laid off, they converted full-time jobs to part-time jobs (which carried little or no expense to the company for employee benefits), and they outsourced. Rich Turner
We have created a Star Wars civilization but we have Paleolithic emotions, medieval institutions and godlike technology. That's dangerous. Edward O. Wilson
Now we have a menace that is called Twitter. The best examples of lies can be found there. To me, social media is the worst menace to society. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
This is … a time when there is increasingly no such thing as a high-wage, middle-skilled job — the thing that sustained the middle class in the last generation. Now there is only a high-wage, high-skilled job. Every middle-class job today is being pulled up, out or down faster than ever. That is, it either requires more skill or can be done by more people around the world or is being buried — made obsolete — faster than ever Thomas Friedman
You can have Google or you can have privacy but you can’t have both. Mark Shields
We need an equity plan for technology in general. Paul Farmer
Technological innovations [in public health] that come from basic science have to be transformed from discovery to delivery, and that gap is huge. Paul Farmer
We are introducing compounds into the environment that did not exist only a few decades ago. James Salzman
I consider myself fundamentally more of an environmentalist than many of the environmental groups. We have to come up with new sources of food, new sources of water, new sources of energy. Trying to ignore leading-edge science and technology as a means of getting there is an ostrich approach of burying your head in the sand. Craig Venter
What did you do to change the world today? Craig Venter
The government needs good science, and I’m not willing to abdicate the role of advising the Administration and Congress on [science] policy. Craig Venter
We have discovered over 95 percent of all the genes that have been discovered by science off the deck of my sailboat. Craig Venter
We do not ride upon the railroad. It rides upon us. Henry David Thoreau
A modern Southern textile mill employs only a man and a dog—the man to feed the dog, and the dog to keep the man away from the machines. Anonymous
While most of the world's information is beginning to be stored electronically, most of the world's expertise still resides in books. Lewis D. Eigen
If you don’t use a technology, you will never understand it. Lewis D. Eigen
In the information age, when tradition, propriety, formality or culture clash with informational ease and utility, the traditional forms must … yield. Lewis D. Eigen
Evolution never stops or ends. Such a cessation would be cataclysmic catastrophe. Lewis D. Eigen
Technology can progress to an entire new generation in the time it takes one legislative committee to issue a report. Regulation of technology confronts us with two radically different time scales. Lewis D. Eigen
The workers and professionals of the world will soon be divided into two distinct groups. Those who will control computers and those who will be controlled by computers. It would be best for you to be in the former group. Lewis D. Eigen
Don’t ask our customers what they want. Ask yourself what they would want if they knew what you know of what is possible for us to do for them. The burden is on us to understand the consumer’s needs sufficiently to answer that question. Lewis D. Eigen
With science, technology and globalization, man is changing the world faster than his evolution can keep up with the new dangers. Lewis D. Eigen
Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet has free access to the sum of all human knowledge. Jimmy Wales
It is useless to talk about Constitutional means for a condition of things never contemplated by any constitution. William Tecumseh Sherman
What man can imagine, man can do. Morgan Freeman
In a few years the androids will be working for us. Let’s hope that we never have to work for them James Howard Woods
I am thinking about something much more important than bombs. I am thinking about computers. John von Neumann
Read the story of the new invention for picking cotton. It may not be perfect yet, it may not work so well in hilly country as on the plains, but it is just a question of time before it is improved. More men and women out of work. Unless we have sense enough to sit down and discuss how to use this new invention and many others, so as to bring happiness, comfort and leisure to human beings and not unemployment, starvation and despair, then we deserve the hard times which surely will come our way. Eleanor Roosevelt
Complex systems work until the day that they don’t work. Eric Schlosser
We are much better at creating complex technologies than we are at controlling them. Eric Schlosser
… industry is at present producing as much as it did in 1929. [before the Great Depression] Ordinarily this would mean work for everybody, but since the depression, ten million dollars have been spent in modernizing these particular plants with the result that they are now using ten thousand fewer men than in 1929. Two million dollars more is to be spent shortly on further modernization, and much of the heavy work done in the past by men and skilled men, many of them, will be done by machinery. College and high school boys, who stand on a balcony somewhere and press buttons are preferred for this work today, and four men will do the work of one hundred men before long! Eleanor Roosevelt
Once you open the toy box they will play with the toys Margaret Atwood
We’re going to use the Internet to keep up with our friends and let them know what we are doing. They’re going to use it to decide what kind of government they’re going to have. Mark Zuckerberg
The Vietnam war was the first television war. You didn’t have to imagine it any more. You could see it.... Television changed the way war was covered forever. Dan Rather
From the flaming and flashing of certain igneous mixtures and the terror inspired by their noise, wonderful consequences ensue which no one can guard against or endure … when a quantity of this powder, no bigger than a man’s finger, be wrapped up in a piece of parchment and ignited, it explodes with a blinding flash and a stunning noise. If a larger quantity were used, or the case was made of more solid material, the explosion would be much more violent, and the flash and noise altogether unbeatable. Roger Bacon
Washington has dedicated past global health initiatives to delivering food, drugs, and other health technologies to the world’s poor. In doing so, it has been able to achieve progress even in countries with dysfunctional governments. But it cannot enforce the regulations on smoke-free public places, food and drug safety, urban sanitation, and road traffic that are now needed in such settings. Accordingly, the fundamental challenge in this new area of global health is not necessarily new medicine but better governance. Thomas J. Bollyky
Government is on a collision course with the future Gavin Newsom
the day Johannes Gutenberg finished his wooden printing press in 1440. Western civilization turned onto a path toward more efficient, accessible communication of knowledge.] Christina H. Paxson
Deterrence is … a weak tool in the increasingly important realm of cyberspace, where it can be extremely difficult to be absolutely sure of an attacker’s identity. Richard K. Betts
Among the earliest modern commodities were printed books … and their shrinking price and increased availability were far more historically momentous than, say, the spread of the internal combustion engine. Jerry Z. Muller
Nuclear fusion is the energy source of the future and always will be. Anonymous
Be skeptical of concepts that divorce war from its political nature, particularly those that promise fast, cheap victory through technology. Herbert Raymond McMaster
The NSA has thrown Silicon Valley under the bus. Chris Soghoian
Like it or not, the United States is a revolutionary power. Whether the government is trying to overthrow foreign dictators is almost irrelevant. American society is about the most revolutionary force on the planet. The Internet is more subversive than the CIA in its prime. The dynamism of American Society is constantly creating new businesses, new technologies, new ideas and new social models. These innovations travel, and they make trouble when they do. Walter Russell Mead
… the telephone was only a convenience permitting Americans to do more orally and with less effort than what they had been doing before. Daniel J. Boorstin
America—not Britain—has a use for the telephone. Here we have a superabundance of messengers, errand boys, and things of that kind. William Henry Preece
If we were able to see people in other countries and learn about our differences, why would there be any misunderstandings? War would be a thing of the past. Philo T. Farnsworth
The coming of the wireless Era will make war impossible, because it will make war ridiculous. Guglielmo Marconi
… we are being bogged down today as specialization extends. The investigator is staggered by the findings and conclusions of thousands of other workers—conclusions which he cannot find time to grasp, much less to remember, as they appear. Yet specialization becomes increasingly necessary for progress, and the effort to bridge between disciplines is correspondingly superficial. Vannevar Bush
Consider a future device for individual use, which is a sort of mechanized private file and library. It needs a name, and, to coin one at random, "memex" will do. A memex is a device in which an individual stores all his books, records, and communications, and which is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility. It is an enlarged intimate supplement to his memory. Vannevar Bush
In medicine, or in science, you go down a path and it turns out to be a dead end, you really made a contribution, because we know we don’t have to go down that path again. In the press, they call it failure. And so people are unwilling to innovate, unwilling to take risks in government … Michael Bloomberg
.. the amount of sensitive information held within the national security apparatus is immensely larger than it was a generation ago. Technological change has caused an explosion in the rate of information production within government agencies, as everywhere else. Alasdair Roberts
These and other developments in the field of agriculture contain the makings of a new revolution. It is not a violent Red Revolution like that of the Soviets, nor is it a White Revolution like that of the Shah of Iran. I call it the Green Revolution William S. Gaud
The biggest risks posed by nuclear power come not from the technology but from the human institutions that govern how we use it. Charles D. Ferguson
It is now possible to make far cheaper robotic devices, which in turn means that physical services provided by robotics will get substantially cheaper. Hal Varian
the skilled immigrants will be long gone. They’ll be back home building the next Googles and Intels in other countries, and we will wake up 5 years from now and wonder how we let this happen. Vivek Wadhwa
We will use new technology to hard-wire the kind of [transparency] reform and accountability into the culture of government so that it can’t be undone in the next administration. Beth Simone Noveck
We are all the beneficiaries of those who have gone before us. David McCullough
Massive increases in productivity due to the happy marriage if information technology and advanced manufacturing techniques are having a chilling, unprecedented effect on job creations. David Rothkopf
It should bother you that the Internet connections in South Korea average more than 4 times as fast as America’s. Bill Clinton
In Russia, all the property belonged to the state and the most money was made by the people who were involved in privatization. Then 10 years ago the scarcity in Russia was bricks and morter businesses, and many of my engineers … would want to open a chain of drug stores or build homes. Then 5 years ago, many businessmen decided to work for the government. Only now does it make sense to work in technology. Serguei Beloussoy
When it comes to innovation, Silicon Valley appeared thanks to the government. Let’s not have illusions about this. It appeared in the first instance thanks to serious contracts with the military-industrial complex. And to this day, Silicon Valley—don’t try to twist things around, still relies heavily on … [government] contracts. Viktor Vekselberg
Our rockets can find Halley's comet, and fly to Venus with amazing accuracy, but side by side with these scientific and technical triumphs is an obvious lack of efficiency in using scientific achievements for economic needs, and many Soviet household appliances are of poor quality. Mikhail Gorbachev
Go ahead, Teleprompter, Go ahead! Herbert Hoover
It appears that there are enormous differences of opinion as to the probability of a failure with loss of vehicle and of human life. The estimates range from roughly 1 in 100 to 1 in 100,000. The higher figures come from the working engineers, and the very low figures from management. What are the causes and consequences of this lack of agreement? Since 1 part in 100,000 would imply that one could put a Shuttle up each day for 300 years expecting to lose only one, we could properly ask "What is the cause of management's fantastic faith in the machinery? .. It would appear that, for whatever purpose, be it for internal or external consumption, the management of NASA exaggerates the reliability of its product, to the point of fantasy. Richard P. Feynman
A plane is of no use without the man or woman who flies it! Eleanor Roosevelt
The moment instant communications was within the grasp of all, America was bonded and annealed into an almost indivisible one. Simon Winchester
How do people know what they want until we show them? Steve Jobs
All Soviet People were trying to do something to help the nation. Mikhail Kalashnikov
In my village there was no chance to study machines. Mikhail Kalashnikov
Whenever I look at TV and I see the weapon I invented to defend my motherland in the hands of these bin Ladens I ask myself the same question: How did it get into their hands? …. I didn't put it in the hands of bandits and terrorists and it's not my fault that it has mushroomed uncontrollably across the globe. Can I be blamed that they consider it the most reliable weapon? Mikhail Kalashnikov
I am proud of my invention but I am not happy that it is used by terrorists. I would much rather have invented something for agriculture like a lawnmower. Mikhail Kalashnikov
Maine is competing with the rest of the country for jobs and for economic development and we're going to be on the front edge of that competition. And technology is one of the ways to do it. Angus King
I communicate with my commissioners quite often. Rather than call them and not know if they are going to be there at that time, I can just sit down and bang out a couple of sentences, send it off, and I'll have the answer within a matter of minutes if they are around, or in hours if they are not. Angus King
Seventy percent of our people of Maine touch a computer at least once a day in their jobs. Angus King
Technology will save us if it doesn't wipe us out first. Pete Seeger
Digital files cannot be made uncopyable, any more than water can be made not wet. Bruce Schneier
There are two kinds of cryptography in this world: cryptography that will stop your kid sister from reading your files, and cryptography that will stop major governments from reading your files. Phil Zimmermann
The technical progress of the last half-century has transformed our country in countless ways. But, fortunately, we have continued to keep our own customs and culture. It is up to us now, more than ever, in shaping our new country, to achieve a consolidation, in which neither the rapid progress of recent years, nor the age-old customs of our forefathers, are lost or diminished, but rather fused into a new national characteristic in which the best is preserved, while the worst may be thrown away. Milton Obote
The age we live in is a busy age; in which knowledge is rapidly advancing towards perfection Jeremy Bentham
The Internet is uncontrollable. And if the Internet is uncontrollable, freedom will win. It’s as simple as that Ai Weiwei
The Internet is the best thing that could have happened to China. Ai Weiwei
Now we have the hacker kids playing politics. Frank Work
The Chinese and the Americans are great peoples. The Americans are optimistic, full of enterprising drive, down to earth, and innovative. In just over 200 years, they have turned the United States into the most developed country in the world, and made phenomenal achievements in economic development and science and technology. Hu Jintao
To enter upon rulership of a country but not preserve its scholars will result in the downfall of the country. Moizi
Those of us concerned with developing new technology should consider ourselves to have a major undertaking to try to meet the expanding needs of the increasing number of people in the world with its finite resources and environments constraints. Harold Chestnut
… discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man — and I will show you a failure. Thomas A. Edison
This new form of communication could have some utility. Guglielmo Marconi
Technology can relieve the symptoms of the problem without affecting the underlying causes. Faith in technology as the ultimate solution to all problems can thus divert our attention from the most fundamental problem Mihajlo D. Mesarovic
Pollution Prevention, Not Polluter Protection Not blind opposition to progress, but opposition to blind progress. Sierra Club
All the marvels of science and the gains of culture belong to the nation as a whole, and never again will man’s brain and human genius be used for oppression and exploitation. Vladimir Lenin; Nikolai
I am writing a line on this subject to the head of the union. In war time it is considered essential to play "The Star Spangled Banner," but to employ musicians for this purpose and this purpose only, seems to be rather difficult. They certainly could not make a living wage on a short engagement of this kind. In this particular case, the theatre was being picketed because it was using a record instead of employing musicians. Eleanor Roosevelt
There used to be technological limitations … that provided a measure of privacy for Americans. Now with essentially no technological limitations—the technology can practically do anything—the only way to strike the appropriate balance between liberty and security is to embed that balance in the law. Ron Wyden
Until recently, there was more information technology in your average grocery store than in your doctor’s office. James Fallows
knowledge began freely replicating and quickly assumed a life of its own. Joel Mokyr
When does the American taxpayer get a return on the money spent on Defense R&D? Never. Our companies are too quick to give our technology away for short term profits. Thomas Buffenbarger
Nearly 90 percent of high school graduates say they’re not interested in a career or a college major involving science, technology, engineering or math… New York Times
Fewer than 13 percent of high school students will continue to study math and science in college—usually the most well-prepared and persistent students who often come from families where encouragement and enrichment is fundamental National Academy of Education
You can make a successful run for political office without an especially thick resume, any exceptional talent for expressing yourself, a noteworthy education or for that matter a basic grasp of science. Frank Bruni
South Korea’s research and development output has increased from half the size of the Arab world to 20 times as large, and Israel’s research output on a per capita basis is 26 times as large as the Arab world’s. John Waterbury
Cybersecurity is a new issue for the international community at large. First of all, the technologies are new and the attacks are invisible. Traditionally, if you perceived a threat, it could be seen. It was physical. But not in cyberspace. Cui Tiankai
The sometimes contradictory demands of the American people—perfect security at home without burdensome military engagements abroad—have fueled the technology-driven, tactical approach of drone warfare. Audrey Kurth Cronin
Identity theft has become an international business. Allan Friedman
Corps of Sappers and Miners George Washington
The ingenuity of these people is singular in their secret modes of mischief. John Symons
There’s not a single aspect of human life that doesn’t have the potential to be totally transformed by these technologies in the future. Craig Venter
Dual use research of concern (DURC) is research that, based on current understanding, can be reasonably anticipated to provide knowledge, products, or technologies that could be directly misapplied by others to pose a threat to public health and safety, agricultural crops and other plants, animals, the environment, or materiel National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity
Cyberattacks diminish rather than accentuate political violence by making it easier for states, groups, and individuals to engage in two kinds of aggression that do not arise to the level of war: sabotage and espionage. Weaponized computer code and computer-based sabotage operations make it possible to carry out highly targeted attacks on adversary’s technical systems without directly and physically harming human operators and managers. Thomas Rid
The United States cannot wait for the cyber equivalent of the collapse of the World Trade Center. John Michael McConnell
The next Pearl Harbor could very well be a cyberattack. Leon Panetta
What’s the difference between a blockade of harbors or airports of sovereign states and a blockade of government institutions and newspapers? Andrus Ansip
The idea [of the Quantum Computer] is to create a machine that is as intelligence as humans, and probably much more so. Geordie Rose
… printed newspapers on actual paper may be a luxury item. It’s sort of like … people still have horses, but it’s not their primary way of commuting to the office. Jeff Bezos
Managing diplomacy today is far more difficult than during the Cold War. Technology, jet travel, and a globalized economy make it possible for terrorists in a remote corner of Pakistan or Syria to plan a terrorist attack on Times Square. John Kerry
Government is averse to taking risk. Innovation and digital technology is all about risk taking. Clay Johnson
Hackers will always be one step ahead of the Feds. Cole Stryker
… modern civilization … enables us to cure sickness on a huge scale and to destroy each other on a huge scale. It enables us to liberate each other on a huge scale and to tyrannize each other on a huge scale…. There is no evidence of any continuous upward line of social progress Richard Crossman
We live in a scientific revolution. In such an epoch of revolutionary change, those who identity laissez-faire with liberty are enemies, however unwitting, of democracy Harold Wilson
We are living in the jet-age, but we are governed by an Edwardian establishment mentality. Harold Wilson
If an unfriendly nation gets into a position to control the large-scale weather patterns before we can, the result could even be more disastrous than nuclear warfare. Howard T. Orville
Every step forward in this nation has been directly due to or is closely allied with that wonderful faculty for delving into untried fields particular to Americans. New York Tribune
Google, Facebook, and the thousands of other companies that seek to join their ranks do more every day to collect data about you and I than any surveillance state could ever accomplish. They track our behavior, our communications. The moment to moment decisions we make in every room of our house Jacob Ward
When you cut through the noise, what’s really at stake is how we remain true to who we really are in a world that is remaking itself at dizzying speed. Barack Obama
We are facing the rise of a Japanese-American technological condominium. Those who are unable to use the new technologies in order to achieve productivity gains will be forced into backwardness and decadence. If we become dependent on foreigners our democracy will be in danger! The Republic will be a mere word. Jean-Pierre Chevenement
A society without civil, political, and property rights may indeed find it difficult to innovate innovation outside the military sector, but it often has a relatively easy time adopting technologies that have already been developed elsewhere. Jeffrey Sachs
If South Korea can reduce the risk that its firms will imitate and reverse engineer technology invented abroad, foreign firms become less hesitant to transfer technology to South Korean partners. Marcus Noland
Simple projects such as paving roads, can do more to boost a poor economy than a premature push to develop cutting-edge technologies, but soon the benefits of basic infrastructure run their course. Ruchiir Sharma
China … has gone from being ruled by strongmen with personal credibility to leaders who are constrained by collective decision making, term limits and other norms, public opinion, and their own technocratic characters. David Lampton
Ordinary Chinese are also getting unprecedented access to information. More than half a billion Chinese now use the Internet. David Lampton
Computer literacy is a fundamental civil right. Al Gore
When people thought the earth was flat, they were wrong. When people thought the earth was spherical, they were wrong. But if you think that thinking the earth is spherical is just as wrong as thinking the earth is flat, then your view is wronger than both of them put together. Isaac Asimov
The advance of genetic engineering makes it quite conceivable that we will begin to design our own evolutionary progress. Isaac Asimov
The world of A.D. 2014 will have few routine jobs that cannot be done better by some machine than by any human being. Mankind will therefore have become largely a race of machine tenders. Isaac Asimov
Technology has the ability to intervene when humans fail. Deborah Hertzman
More steel has been produced since 1910 than in all the preceding history of the world. Charles Kenneth Leith
My success in transplanting arteries between animals has pioneered surgical techniques that being closer the day when hearts and other organs will be transplanted into humans. No effort should be spared to reach this goal. Simon Flexner
Surveillance is just getting too easy right now. And this is only because of technology.. Spike Bowman
Modern civilization is highly computerrorized. Andrzej Majewski
… unlike the 19th century, when real estate and government bonds were the primary form of capital, it is riskier assets that generate most of the wealth in the modern global economy — assets that can more quickly lose value as a result of changes in technology or global competition. Stephen Pearlstein
If one truly wishes to found a more just and rational social order, it is not enough to count on the caprices of technology. Thomas Piketty
In the end the question is: Who is to be master, man or his machines? As long as the control over technology rests primarily on economic calculation, the victor is not likely to be man. Robert Heilbroner
We live in a quickly changing world, therefore we must foretell developments, and reforms should respond to these changes Tigran Sargsyan
Depend upon it, Sir, nothing will come of them! Arthur Wellesley
Very often the innovation is way ahead of the regulatory system. Peter Diamandis
The only way to get health care abundance is to use technology. Peter Diamandis
The day before something is a breakthrough, it is a crazy idea. Peter Diamandis
Today, our country has ushered into an era of technological advancements, when current achievements oblige us to mobilize all our forces and work with a maximum effectiveness and goal-orientation. Therefore, our goal is a single one, namely: to rally around our values, to be proud of our achievements and to be confident with the future. This is the way in which Armenia can move ahead. Armenia should improve more than the previous day. All of us should constantly remember this. All of us should remember the logic of a better Armenia, a safer Armenia, a prosperous Armenia, and a powerful Armenia... Let there be an atmosphere of kindness and tolerance throughout all our undertakings. Serzh Sargsyan
One of the most remarkable occurrences of the army has this moment taken place. Park Spring, the telegraph operator, situated in Prof. Lowe’s balloon, at an elevation of one thousand feet….is freely and rapidly communicating with the Department at Washington. This is certainly an ingenious and valuable method of giving instantaneous information. New York Times
People are not likely to lie on the Internet about the atomic number of Rubidium, but they will lie about history. Bill Nye
Technology is always ahead of the law. Alan Dershowitz
Human interaction in a complex environment is key to our [military] success in the future. Ray Odierno
You are exacerbating inequality rather than opening up opportunity. John Podesta
The idea that you can be totally anonymous in the digital age is increasingly hard to execute. Michael S. Rogers
The electric vehicle is much quieter, simpler in construction, and more easily managed [than a gas automobile] however it can only run a limited distance without recharging. Ray Stannard Baker
The victories of peace are great but the victories of war are greater. No merchant, no banker, no railroad magnate, no inventor of improved industrial processes, can do for any nation what can be done for it by its great fighting men.. Theodore Roosevelt
It will not help to rub the edges off this new terror that we have helped bring to this world. J. Robert Oppenheimer
Atomic weapons with what we know today can be cheap… The cost will not break the bank of anyone who wants them…. J. Robert Oppenheimer
A little bomb like that can make us all disappear Enrico Fermi
… free access to scientific information … the abolition of barriers hitherto considered necessary to safeguard national interest but now standing in the way of common security against unprecedented dangers Niels Bohr
… increased industrial efficiency makes it possible to procure the means of livelihood with less labor Thorstein Veblen
Cyberspace never sits still; it evolves as fast as society itself. Only if we fight to preserve our freedom of speech on the Net will we ensure our ability to keep up with both the Net and society. Mike Goodwin
A security program where everything that is technical possible is done, undermines trust and in the long run produces less security. Angela Merkel
High-Speed Internet is not only slower in New York City and San Francisco than in Seoul; it also costs five times as much. Marvin Ammori
Drones are not going to solve the problem alone but they are part of the package. Jack Devine
Many well-meaning attempts to address public concern about privacy reflect an outdated understanding of the contemporary data ecosystem. Craig Mundie
You can’t really understand the challenges involved with any major tech project until you start trying to build it. Clay Shirky
In war, science has proven itself an evil genius; it has made war more terrible than it ever was before. Man used to be content to slaughter his fellow men on a single plane---the earth's surface. Science has taught him to go down into the water and shoot up from below and to go up into the clouds and shoot down from above, thus making the battlefield three times a bloody as it was before William Jennings Bryan
Science is a magnificent force, but it is not a teacher of morals. It can perfect machinery, but it adds no moral restraints to protect society from the misuse of the machine. It can also build gigantic intellectual ships, but it constructs no moral rudders for the control of storm tossed human vessel. William Jennings Bryan
Technology is a force multiplier for evil. Evan Thomas
The government has been screwing up computer program development for years. Evan Thomas
The better his [a laborer’s] machinery, and the more readily it can be obtained, the larger will be his production.... Henry Charles Carey
After World War II, the U. S. Government made massive investments in the nascent field of computer science, both in research and in industry. In the 1950s it bought almost 50 percent of all semiconductors that were produced, thus driving down their costs until the private sector could afford to buy them. Fareed Zakaria
We shall have to share out the fruits of technology among the whole of mankind. The notion that the direct and immediate producers of the fruits of technology have a proprietary right to these fruits will have to be forgotten. After all, who is the producer? Man is a social animal, and the immediate producer has been helped to produce by the whole structure of society, beginning with his own education. Arnold J. Toynbee
The individual in physical science is nothing; in human science everything. Arnold J. Toynbee
… technologies that convene different cultures do not always help them interact peaceably. Lee C. Bollinger
We seek ways to co-opt technological advances for progressive purposes and therefore triumph over the bureaucratic mind.. Liza Loop
The Analytical Engine has no pretentions whatever to originate anything. It can do whatever we know how to order it to perform. It can follow analysis, but it had no power of anticipating any analytical relations or truths. Ada Lovelace
The Byzantine commander had towers and siege weapons and flame-throwing tubes which could engulf 12 men at once, so fierce and adherent that none could withstand it. ibn al-Athir
The online revolution of education has only just begun. There are two approached to solving educational problems: Government spending and Technology. My bet is on technology. Fareed Zakaria
Have read it carefully. None of the items does damage to the fundamental interest of our country. Endorsed. Ciici
Every technology is used before it is completely understood. We are living in that lag, and it is a right time to keep our head. Leon Wietseltier
Technology always takes longer [to develop] than you think. Megan Smith
There is going to be 1.4 million tech and IT jobs coming in the next decade and only 400,000 trained people to fill them… why are not more people not training for it? I think it has to do with culture and feeling that it is daunting … Megan Smith
Today, the Chinese government blocks websites and search results with the so called Great Firewall, an army of censors deletes articles and comments deemed politically sensitive, and legions of government-sponsored Internet users steer online sentiment in the government’s favor by posting pro-Communist Party and nationalist comments in discussion forums. John Osburg
How do we judge whether technology is making us more productive, or just lazy and impatient? Claire Cain Miller
Today, it’s the little guy who looks to be in danger. The Internet service providers—like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T—have long pushed to create “speed lanes” online. If you run a website and want to make sure your connection moves swiftly to the end user, you’d need to pay these companies an extra fee. If you don’t pay? Your signal might not move as fast as you’d like. The Federal Communications Commission this spring drafted rules that would allow for fast and slow lanes. If they take effect, it would be the end of “net neutrality” … Clive Thompson
This [the advent of radio] was the first time in the history of mankind that people in different places heard the same thing at the same time. Anthony Rudel
Indeed, the constellation of local radio was part of how America’s sense of itself emerged. Because listeners could sample the flavor of people in far-away states, they began to develop an understanding of the nation’s psyche. It was a way of imagining a country that you hadn’t seen. One station might be playing hillbilly music, one might be playing jazz. It was this really frothy brew of culture. Susan Douglas
The people’s University of the Air will have a greater student body than all of our universities put together. Alfred Norton Goldsmith
Times without number a commercial station manager would call an amateur station and tell him to shut up. Equally as often the reply would be, ‘Who the hell are you?’ or ‘I’ve as much right to the air as you have.’ Clinton B. DeSoto
There is not room in the broadcast band for every school of thought, religious, political, social, and economic, each to have its separate broadcasting station, its mouthpiece in the ether. Federal Radio Commission
Bill, you’re the only wild-eyed Republican, I’d ever let in here with a weapon. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Artificial intelligence is always 20 years away. Walter Isaacson
Horse-and-Carriage diplomacy, like governance by crowned heads selected by accident of birth, proved wholly inadequate to address a crisis of the Electric Age. Max Hastings
Scarcely anything material or established which I was brought up to believe was permanent or vital has lasted. Everything I was sure or taught to be sure was impossible, has happened. Winston Churchill
Banning human cloning reflects our humanity. It is the right thing to do. Creating a child through this new method calls into question our most fundamental beliefs. It has the potential to threaten the sacred family bonds at the very core of our ideals and our society. At its worst, it could lead to misguided and malevolent attempts to select certain traits, even to create certain kind of children -- to make our children objects rather than cherished individuals. Bill Clinton
Walt Whitman’s famous poem, “Leaves of Grass” was catalogued by Google Books under “Gardening”. Robert Darnton
The world going 100 percent mobile actually means the world going 100 percent trackable. Yishan Wong
Estonia, a country that has the most digital leadership in the world, just completed its third election where folks voted on a cellphone. Anyone ever heard of digital embassies? The Estonians have them. Andrew Thompson
I think, sir, that these aeroplanes are going to spoil war. When they come over I can only tell my men to cover their heads with hay and make a noise like a mushroom! James Moncrieff Grierson
The future is in the skies. Kemal Ataturk
When something is new, it creates a new kind of fear. Laurie Garrett
One hundred years from now there will be airships flying over Boston which will have central air conditioning, and baseball games played at night. Boston Globe
I am pleased to see such a scientific experiment that would reflect on the glory of my reign.. Louis XIV
More than electric lights, more than steam engines, more than telephones, more than automobiles, more even than the printing press, the airplane separated past from future. It had freed mankind from the earth and opened the skies. Stephen Ambrose
The slowness of one section of the world about adopting the valuable ideas of another section of it is a curious thing and unaccountable. This form of stupidity is confined to no community, to no nation; it is universal. The fat is the human race is not only slow about borrowing valuable ideas—but sometimes persists in not borrowing them at all. Mark Twain
The Yazidis can no longer count on being left to their own devices. With the rise of far-reaching government bureaucracies and modern technologies, there are now fewer places where a people can hide. Gerald Russell
We live in a dynamic time, where the rate of change and the rate of innovation are very high. It’s not equal in all segments or sectors of the economy, but we are seeing a lot of innovation in certain sectors, and I expect that to continue. Jeff Bezos
I think the state’s role in the evolution of technology is best aimed at fueling adventures of the mind into the impossible reaches. That is very long range, and it’s the sort of thing that almost no companies have the wherewithal to contemplate. Michael Moritz
Contrary to the myth of untrammeled free enterprise, this expanding industry was fueled at every stage by government intervention.. Adam Hochschild
Distributed technology does not necessarily lead to distributed economics. Andrew Keen
When the government handed over the running of the Internet backbone to commercial Internet providers, it was the largest legal creation of wealth in the history of the planet. John Doerr
I don’t think anything about Einstein’s theory because I don’t understand it. Thomas A. Edison
One can doubt the sincerity of the technology community’s outrage over the NSA’s surveillance practices—doubt, for example, that the Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, whose company reportedly stores petabytes’ worth of data about its billion-plus active monthly users, was shocked at the thought of mass data collection. Jane Harman
Now that every smartphone user is a potential collector of intelligence, the key is to skillfully sort the data. Although no structural obstacle prevents the U.S. intelligence community from doing this work well, there remains a strong bias, bordering on elitism, against using freely available information. Jane Harman
That the Republic of the South shall sustain her independence, there is little question. The form of our society is too pregnant of intellectual resources and military strength to be subdued. Leonidas W. Spratt
It has pleased God to show man the way to proect his home from lightening. Benjamin Franklin
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information? T. S. Eliot
The masses in highly industrialized countries like England, the United States, or France are largely de-Christianized. Technology, and the way of life it produces, undermines Christianity far more effectively than do violent measures. Czeslaw Milosz
... the most technologically advanced border project ever George W. Bush
Technology is a wonderful thing if you are putting it to use, less so if it is putting an end to your usefulness. Roger Cohen
He’s [Bashar al-Assad, Syrian President] a different kind of bloodthirsty dictator, the kind who shops on line on his iPad. He’s sort of Arab Dictator 2.0 Nadim Houry
The most galling examples are people who argue against researching geoengineering on the basis that we already know how to solve the climate problem. To them, the climate problem is a done deal, we just haven’t implemented yet. I think that is just absurd, but you see smart people make this argument. Nathan Myhrvold
You don’t realize until years later, actually, how doing the wrong thing at the right time could have changed history. Jack Garman
We can turn your bottles back into oil. We can burn it to make energy. Our we can put it in a landfill. There’s a green spectrum. And a cost spectrum. The most green is the most expensive. David P. Steiner
I’ve never taken a selfie. In my whole life, I don’t always love cameras in phones. There are time it feels very intrusive, especially when I’m with my children. Sarah Jessica Parker
Thus by such victory, not by machines but in oppositions to the principle of machines, has the freedom of states been preserved by the cunning of architects Vitruvius
The very promise of safety [digital security] is iresistable temptation to hackers, the invading hordes of the 21st century. Anne-Marie Slaughter
In a democracy, data about the people belongs to the people. Anne-Marie Slaughter
The masters of the new technologies cannot master the power of politics, even if they were right to challenge the current deep dysfunction of the U. S. Political system. Anne-Marie Slaughter
The railway, the steamship, and there telegraph are rapidly mobilizing the people of the earth. The nations are coming our of their isolation, and distances which separated the different races are rapidly giving way before the extension of communication. Robert E. Park
Wealth managers not only exploit gaps in legal systems but they also seek to influence legislation, especially in offshore tax havens, to the benefit of their clients. In doing so they preserve and even increase wealth inequality and help undermine the legitimacy of governments that tolerate their wealthy citizens’ evasion or avoidance of the financial responsibilities that every one else must meet—a form of shirking made much easier by modern communications technology. Richard N. Cooper
The central political problem of our time is how to adapt our venerable democracy to the acceleration of the information age. Modern technology creates a supply of new tools for improved governance, but it also creates an urgent demand for putting these tools to use. We need better policies to obtain the benefits of innovation as quickly as possible and to manage the social problems that speedier innovation will inevitably create—from pollution to weapons of mass destruction. John McGinnis
The result [of more rapidly adopting technology] is likely to be more unemployment in the short term and perhaps greater inequality—a recipe for social instability. Economists are right to remind us that workers who are displaced by machine intelligence need not be condemned to long-term idleness. Given the infinite variety of human desires, there is always more work to be done. But society will need to facilitate social structures that help employees face a lifetime of job changes. John McGinnis
Today technology permits knowledge to bubble up from more dispersed sources that are filtered through more competitive mechanisms, sustaining a more decentralized and accurate system of social discovery. We can acquire general expertise without being beholden to particular experts. John McGinnis
The technological transformation of society contains within itself the dynamo of its own management, but only if we create laws and regulations to permit the information revolution to wash through our democratic structures. John McGinnis
Abroad, technological change will create even more disruption as the wave of acceleration engulfs societies that have not yet come to terms with the social demands of industrialization, let alone more recent technological change. Mass disorientation can become the source of both national aggression and non-state terrorism—aggression and terrorism made all the more devastating by access to weapons that are not only increasingly powerful but also deployable by ever smaller groups. John McGinnis
Through writing, Homo sapiens then became the first species to preserve learning, enabling knowledge to grow, ultimately at an exponential pace. Collective learning over time then became the source of technological improvement, a process that could move much faster than evolution. John McGinnis
Machines cannot make machines, unless back of them all are the brains and toil of men. Lewis Hine
If in any case I did find error in that which I have collected from my natural understanding, I should count it good fortune, since I enjoy life, and endeavour to pass it not in weeping and sighing, but in peace, joy, and cheerfulness, and from time to time climb thereby a step higher. Baruch Spinoza
Most of the jobs that are going from the United States are not going to other countries; they are going to machines. Ian Bremmer
if you wait until a new technology is thoroughly understood before you use it, you will certainly be too late. Anonymous
Where States impose unlawful censorship through filtering and other technologies, the use of encryption and anonymity may empower individuals to circumvent barriers and access information and ideas without the intrusion of authorities. Journalists, researchers, lawyers and civil society rely on encryption and anonymity to shield themselves (and their sources, clients and partners) from surveillance and harassment. The ability to search the web, develop ideas and communicate securely may be the only way in which many can explore basic aspects of identity, such as one’s gender, religion, ethnicity, national origin or sexuality. David Kaye (law professor)
A key feature of the digital age is that technology changes incessantly to sate user demands David Kaye (law professor)
Online censorship, mass and targeted surveillance and data collection, digital attacks on civil society and repression resulting from online expression force individuals around the world to seek security to hold opinions without interference and seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds. Many seek to protect their security through encryption, the scrambling of data so only intended recipients may access it David Kaye (law professor)
Contemporary digital technologies offer Governments, corporations, criminals and pranksters unprecedented capacity to interfere with the rights to freedom of opinion and expression. David Kaye (law professor)
We can find no successful terrorist attack that would have been prevented by the availability of a lawful decryption access technology ... Chertoff Group
Efforts to constrain encryption through forms of extraordinary access will inevitably introduce vulnerabilities into the security of consumer products in ways that are likely to have adverse long-term effects on the security, privacy, and civil liberties of citizens. Chertoff Group
The spread of strong consumer encryption technology around the globe is inevitable; Chertoff Group
In circumstances involving dramatic technological change, the best solution to privacy concerns may be legislative. A legislative body is well situated to gauge changing public attitudes, to draw detailed lines, and to balance privacy and public safety in a comprehensive way. Samuel Alito
Against our economic and financial system the following indictment may fairly be brought: I. Although it has achieved colossal and adequate productivity — sufficient to provide plenty for everybody — it yet has developed no adequate system of Distribution commensurate with production and is therefore unable to overcome Poverty. II. Having no control over an equable distribution of essential labor it is unable to prevent ruinous visitations of Involuntary Unemployment. III. Being unable to control — or even to understand — the strange workings of its own Money system, it is unable to prevent recurring attacks of Panic and De It must put a limit upon the present tyrannous sway of banks and of our unmanageable and unintelligible money system which now holds the prosperity and even the livelihoods of the people at its mercy. IV. It is powerless to prevent enormous Wastes of natural resources, labor and material. V. It has destroyed the old, natural relation between a man and his work whereby — as in the pioneer era — a man's success and his living arise out of his own efforts and do not depend upon banks, or money or upon somebody else's "purchasing power". VI. It has shown itself unable to cope with a situa- tion in which by the invention of New Machinery, more and more can be produced while fewer and fewer workers are needed to accomplish it so that output comes to occur in inverse ratio to employment. Prestonia Mann Martin
Transparency has long been a rare commodity in international affairs. But today, the forces of technology are ushering in a new age of openness that would have been unthinkable just a few decades ago. Governments, journalists, and nongovernmental organ­izations (NGOs) can now harness a flood of open-source information, drawn from commercial surveillance satellites, drones, smartphones, and computers, to reveal hidden activities in contested areas—from Ukraine to Syria to the South China Sea. Sean P. Larkin
Over the next decade, the market-driven explosion of surveillance sensors and data analytics will bring an unprecedented level of transparency to global affairs. Commercial satellites will capture daily images of the entire globe, offering inexpensive and automated reports on everything from crop yields to military activity. Journalists, NGOs, and bloggers will increasingly use crowdsourced data to uncover wartime atrocities and expose government hypocrisy. Private security companies will discover the sources of cyberattacks and data theft. Biometric systems will expose the identities of clandestine operatives, and government agencies will struggle to contain leakers and whistleblowers. Sean P. Larkin
Although governments will also benefit from improved access to information, increased transparency will allow people at home and abroad to better observe and critique what governments do and to hold leaders accountable for their decisions. As a result, governments will find it harder to adopt strategies that require secrecy or violate international norms. Sean P. Larkin
Venture capitalists are pouring billions of dollars into commercial surveillance satellites, unmanned aerial vehicles, social media analytics, biometric technologies, and cyberdefenses to meet surging market demand. Heavy competition is driving down the cost of and improving the information available to individuals, businesses, and governments. Sean P. Larkin
In the coming years, breakthroughs in transparency will come from Silicon Valley rather than Geneva. Sean P. Larkin
On the social media front, governments may attempt to monitor and repress citizens’ postings or discredit incriminating reports with misinformation, but such efforts buck technological trends that are empowering consumers, such as strong encryption. Sean P. Larkin
Basic research, performed for curiosity today, will drive the innovations years from now. When qunatum mecahnics was curioisty-driven basic research 80 years ago, no none had any inkling that there would be prectical cosequences of it. However today much more than half of entire gross nationa product was and is dependent on quantum mechanics. Cell phones, computers, and all the things we enjory were innovations that could not have taken place without an understanding of quantum mechanics. Brian Greene
Artificial Intelligence is one of those areas where we should be proactive in controlling it rather than reactive. If we are reactive, by the time we will do the necessary things, it will be too late. Robots can do everything better than we [humans] can. Elon Musk
With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon. In all those stories where there is the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, … he’s sure he can control the demon. But it doesn’t work out.| Interview, Squawk Alley, CNBC, July 16, 2017 Elon Musk
We strongly support the right of Googlers to express themselves, and much of what was in that memo is fair to debate, regardless of whether a vast majority of Googlers disagree with it. However, portions of the memo violate our Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace. Our job is to build great products for users that make a difference in their lives. To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK. It is contrary to our basic values and our Code of Conduct, which expects “each Googler to do their utmost to create a workplace culture that is free of harassment, intimidation, bias and unlawful discrimination.” Sundar Pichai
This is a magical time for computer programming. We are moving towards the artifical intelligence holy grail of programming the computer to simulate the human brain. Bill Gates
The last time we made a significant change in the American Tax Code, we din't have cell phones. Joe Manchin
The first effect of looking at a good photograph through the stereoscope is a surprise such as no painting ever produced. The mind feels its way into the very depths of the picture. The scraggy branches of a tree in the foreground run out at us as if they would scratch our eyes out Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Stereograph Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
It eliminatesall prohibitions against blockingandthrottling (slowing down) applicationsby broadband providers, and enables them to engage inpaid prioritization and unreasonable discrimination at the point of interconnection.It ignoresthousands of consumer complaints and millions of individual comments that ask the FCC to save net neutrality and uphold the principles that all traffic should be created equal. [It] I Increases uncertainty for consumers, ensuring that broadband providers could block or throttle at a whim.  Threatens innovation at the edge, by allowing broadband providers to charge tolls to access their customers.  Enables offerings that favor the vertically integrated broadband provider’s own content and services over those of consumers and innovators who rely on the Internet to grow their own businesses and stay informed.  Prevents states and localities from adopting any related consumer protections –an action that is likely unlawful.  Undoes the light-touch, court-approved Title II classification of broadband Internet access service that was modeled on the wildly-successful approach to mobile voice, and returnsto an unregulated approach where broadband providers reign supreme and customers with complaints have no redress at the FCC. Mignon L. Clyburn
I can explain it to you but I can't understand it for you. Anonymous
Computers have wonderful memories. Human memory is more fuzzy. Andrew W. Moore
The most important resource of counties of the future will be the number of math trained brains. Andrew W. Moore
Every technology that can improve the human condition could harm the human condition. Someone evil could program a robot to hurt people. Andrew W. Moore
You're going to have driverless trucks hurtling down the highway at 80 miles an hour before you will have robots can clean up after your kid or fold his clothes. Andrew W. Moore
Think back to the time when Agriculture was not labor efficient. We have lost all these jobs. But I don't think anyone is too sad about it. Andrew W. Moore
If we want it, we will have machines who will take care of us. Andrew W. Moore
The best people in this industry [technology] are the people who are trying to solve big problems. Andrew W. Moore
Today, there are industries employing hundreds of thousands of engineers creating artificial intelligence. Andrew W. Moore
As has been the case with almost every new technology, from the telegraph to television, the rise of the Internet fed false expectations that it would create a new, more democratic, interactive politics. But blogging’s harsh, unfettered nature has coarsened politics. The fact that so many bloggers are essentially anonymous allows them to spew rancor, rumor, lies, and obscenities. Increasingly, the ­MSM (mainstream ­media) ­appear by contrast staid, centrist, boring, even responsible. ­Deadlines—­once daily, now without limit in the age of the Internet—­demand a constant stream of stories, diluting the quality and upping the rhetorical ante in the effort to grab ­attention, In an ­ever-­escalating rhetorical spiral, political discussion in the media and the blogosphere becomes harsher, sleazier. At the same time, the stories that stand out are the sensational and polarizing ones rather than the constructive, ­bridge-­building ones. A variation of Gresham’s law applies: Just as bad money drives out the good, bad rhetoric and sleazy politics drive ­out—­or at least eclipse and ­obscure—­the ­good. Gil Troy
The revolution in AI [artifical intelligence] has been profound. It surprised me, even though I was sitting right there. Sergey Brin
R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) Karel Capek
If you want to really change something, do not try to fight the existing reality. create a new reality. R. Buckminster Fuller