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  • "As computing and the internet become more ubiquitous over the coming decades and offline and online worlds blur, the very notion of being addicted to digital connectivity will seem as absurd and laughable as being addicted to electricity."
    Rhodri Marsden (1971–), British writer and musician
    Source: Independent (London) (January 12, 2012)
  • "If you have a child, you'll notice they have two states: asleep or online."
    Eric Schmidt (1955–), US executive chairman of Google
    Source: Speech, DLD Conference, Munich (January 25, 2011)
  • "The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn’t understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we’ve ever had."
    Eric Schmidt (1955–), US executive chairman of Google
    Source: Quoted in the Independent (London) (August 18, 2010)
  • "Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning."
    Rick Cook (1944–), US author
    Source: Quoted in Applied Choice Analysis (David A. Hensher, John M. Rose, and William H. Greene, 2005)
  • "The Star Trek computer doesn't seem that interesting. They ask it random questions, it thinks for a while. I think we can do better than that."
    Larry Page (1973–), US cofounder and CEO of Google
    Source: Interview, Business Week (May 3, 2004)
  • "Computers are useless. They can only give you answers."
    Pablo Picasso (18811973), Spanish artist and sculptor
    Source: Quoted in How Breakthroughs Happen (Andrew Hargadon, 2003)
  • "The value of e-commerce is not in the e, but in the commerce."
    Octavio Paz (19141998), Mexican writer
    Source: Quoted in Management Today (June 2000)
  • "We no longer think of chairs as technology, we just think of them as chairs. But there was a time when we hadn't worked out how many legs chairs should have, how tall they should be, and they would often “crash” when we tried to use them. Before long, computers will be as trivial and plentiful as chairs and we will cease to be aware of the things. In fact I'm sure we will look back on this last decade and wonder how we could ever have mistaken what we were doing with them for “productivity.”"
    Douglas Adams (19522001), British author
    Source: “How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Internet,” Sunday Times (London) (August 29, 1999)
  • "The one thing computers have done is let us make bigger mistakes. We have to be careful not to depend on our machines."
    Michael Bloomberg (1942–), US entrepreneur, business executive, and mayor of New York
    Source: Quoted in “Terminal Velocity,” Wired (David S. Bennahum, February 1999)
  • "The search button on the browser no longer provides an objective search, but a commercial one."
    Sir Tim Berners-Lee (1955–), British computer scientist and inventor of the World Wide Web
    Referring to the commercialization of the Internet.
    Source: Weaving the Web (1999)
  • "Take Wrigley's Chewing Gum. I don't think the Internet is going to change how people chew gum."
    Warren Buffett (1930–), US entrepreneur and financier
    Source: Interview, Fortune (July 1998)
  • "The Weightless World."
    Diane Coyle, British economist and journalist
    Book title. Referring to an economy in which information is more important than physical products.
    Source: The Weightless World (1997)
  • "A sort of cognitive equivalent of a condom—it's a layer of contraceptive rubber between the direct experience and the cognitive system."
    Sir Jonathan Miller (1934–), British theater director and writer
    Referring to reading from a computer screen.
    Source: Independent on Sunday (London) (January 1996)
  • "Buying the right computer and getting it to work properly is no more complicated than building a nuclear reactor from wristwatch parts in a darkened room using only your teeth."
    Dave Barry (1947–), US humorist
    Source: Dave Barry in Cyberspace (1996)
  • "I would say that hardware is the bone of the head, the skull. The semiconductor is the brain within the head. The software is the wisdom and data is the knowledge."
    Masayoshi Son (1957–), Taiwanese CEO of Softbank Corporation
    Source: Harvard Business Review (January–February 1992)
  • "A computer can tell you down to the dime what you've sold, but it can never tell you how much you could have sold."
    Sam M. Walton (19181992), US entrepreneur and founder of Wal-Mart
    Source: Made in America (cowritten with John Huey, 1992)
  • "A modern computer hovers between the obsolescent and the non-existent."
    Sydney Brenner (1927–), South African-born British scientist and winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Medicine
    Source: Society (January 1990)
  • "Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining."
    Jeff Raskin (19432005), US computer pioneer
    Source: Interview in Dr. Dobb’s Journal of Software Tools for the Professional Programmer (1986)
  • "Every program has (at least) two purposes: the one for which it was written, and another for which it wasn’t."
    Alan Jay Perlis (19221990), US computer scientist
    Source: Epigrams in Programming (1985)
  • "The best book on programming for the layman is Alice in Wonderland; but that's because it's the best book on anything for the layman."
    Alan Jay Perlis (19221990), US computer scientist
    Source: “Epigrams in Programming,” SIGPLAN Notices (September 1982), no. 48
  • "There are two ways to write error-free programs; only the third one works."
    Alan Jay Perlis (19221990), US computer scientist
    Source: “Epigrams in Programming,” SIGPLAN Notices (September 1982), no. 40
  • "There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home."
    Kenneth H. Olsen (19262011), US computer designer and cofounder of Digital Equipment Corporation
    Source: Speech to the convention of the World Future Society (1977)
  • "The computer is a moron."
    Peter F. Drucker (19092005), US management consultant and academic
    Source: Quoted in Drucker, the Man Who Invented the Corporate Society (John J. Tarrant, 1976)
  • "Men are going to have to learn to be managers in a world where the organization will come close to consisting of all chiefs and one Indian. The Indian, of course, is the computer."
    Thomas L. Whisler, US academic
    Source: Christian Science Monitor (April 21, 1964)

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