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  • "For the first time in financial history, machines can execute trades far faster than humans can intervene. That gap is set to widen."
    Andy Haldane (1967–), British executive director of the Bank of England
    Source: Quoted in the Daily Telegraph (London) (July 8, 2012)
  • "Technology alone is not enough … it’s technology married with the liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our hearts sing."
    Steve Jobs (19552011), US cofounder, chairman, and CEO of both Apple and Pixar
    Source: Speech launching the iPad 2 tablet computer (March 2011)
  • "The cyborg is now the ideal to which all our most advanced technology is tending."
    Bryan Appleyard (1951–), British journalist
    Source: The Brain is Wider than the Sky (2011)
  • "The washing machine changed the world more than the Internet."
    Ha-Joon Chang (1963–), South Korean economist and author
    Source: 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism (2010)
  • "The Internet for everyman, though slow and clunky, got going in 1989. The dotcom crash of 2000 asked two big questions. What’s it for? How do we make money out of it? Then everybody got broadband and it all started to fall into place. The answer to the first question was porn and everything. The answer to the second was … well, we’re still not quite sure."
    Bryan Appleyard (1951–), British journalist
    Source: Sunday Times (London) (December 27, 2009)
  • "Technology is the principal engine of global growth, the main force that is transforming our lives. It is not politics; it is not the law; it is not the civil service; it is not even the business world, except in so far as this brings the fruits of technological advance to the rest of us."
    Hamish McRae, British journalist
    Source: Independent (London) (October 21, 2009)
  • "Egalitarianism is possible only in small social systems. Once a medium gets past a certain size fame is a forced move."
    Clay Shirky (1964–), US author and expert on new media
    On the development of the Internet
    Source: Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations (2008)
  • "Few influential people involved with the Internet claim that it is good in and of itself. It is a powerful tool for solving social problems, just as it is a tool for making money, finding lost relatives, receiving medical advice, or, come to that, trading instructions for making bombs."
    Esther Dyson (1951–), US knowledge entrepreneur and government adviser
    Source: Quoted in IQuote: Brilliance and Banter from the Internet Age (David L. Green, 2007)
  • "It's a new medium, it's a universal medium and it's not itself a medium which inherently makes people do good things, or bad things. It allows people to do what they want to do more efficiently."
    Sir Tim Berners-Lee (1955–), British computer scientist and inventor of the World Wide Web
    Talking about the World Wide Web, which he founded
    Source: Interview with Mark Lawson, Newsnight, BBC TV (August 9, 2005)
  • "I would trade all of my technology for an afternoon with Socrates."
    Steve Jobs (19552011), US cofounder, chairman, and CEO of both Apple and Pixar
    Source: Quoted in Newsweek (October 29, 2001)
  • "Technology is our word for something that doesn't work yet."
    Douglas Adams (19522001), British author
    Source: Sunday Times (London) (June 2000)
  • "Technology will move so fast that unfortunately, or fortunately for me, you will be required to buy a new phone quite often."
    Charles Dunstone (1964–), British business executive and founder of Carphone Warehouse
    Source: Management Today (August 1999)
  • "We've all heard that a million monkeys banging on one million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true."
    Robert Wilensky (1951–), US academic
    Source: Mail on Sunday (February 1997)
  • "Many executives continue to believe that they are not in the technology business and that they might just as well outsource their information technology needs. This is like an athlete saying that he is not in the strength business … these naysayers might as well say that they are not in the business of being in business."
    J. William Gurley, US venture capitalist and journalist
    Source: Above the Crowd: Productivity Paradox (1997)
  • "Machines need to talk easily to one another in order to better serve people."
    Nicholas Negroponte (1943–), US academic, cofounder of the MIT Media Lab, and founder of the One Laptop Per Child organization
    Source: Being Digital (1995)
  • "If the technocratic class often invokes technology, it is because these inanimate objects can take on a trajectory of their own and so cover for the manager's inability to give leadership."
    John Ralston Saul (1947–), Canadian writer
    Source: The Unconscious Civilization (1995)
  • "The thing with high-tech is that you always end up using scissors."
    David Hockney (1937–), British artist
    Source: Observer (London) (July 1994)
  • "An important technology first creates a problem and then solves it."
    Alan Kay (1940–), US entrepreneur and computer programmer
    Source: Quoted in Reengineering the Corporation (Michael Hammer and James Champy, 1993)
  • "The trouble is that all-encompassing though information technology may be, it will always convey facts and numbers … what it does not convey is perception, belief and motivation."
    Sir John Harvey-Jones (19242008), British management adviser, author, and chairman of ICI
    Source: Managing to Survive (1993)
  • "We bet the company on that basic technology and, in 23 years, nobody else has been able to match it."
    Masaru Ibuka (19081997), Japanese cofounder and chief adviser of Sony Corporation
    Source: Fortune (February 1992)
  • "A common mistake people make when trying to design something foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."
    Douglas Adams (19522001), British author
    Source: Mostly Harmless (1992)
  • "If we hadn't put a man on the moon, there wouldn't be a Silicon Valley today."
    John Sculley (1939–), US businessman, former president of PepsiCo and former CEO of Apple Computer
    Source: US News & World Report (1992)
  • "Why did the Roman Empire collapse? What is Latin for office automation?"
    Alan Jay Perlis (19221990), US computer scientist
    Source: Epigrams in Programming (1985)
  • "The technology of mass production is inherently violent, ecologically damaging, self-defeating in terms of non-renewable resources, and stultifying for the human person."
    Ernst Friedrich Schumacher (19111977), German-born British economist and conservationist
    Source: Small Is Beautiful (1973)
  • "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
    Sir Arthur C. Clarke (19172008), British science fiction writer
    Source: The Lost Worlds of 2001 (1972)
  • "If the automobile had followed the same development as the computer, a Rolls Royce would cost $100, get a million miles per gallon, and explode once a year, killing everyone inside."
    Robert X. Cringley, pen name of journalist Mark Stephens and others
    Source: Infoworld (March 6, 1969)
  • "There are three roads to ruin; women, gambling and technicians. The most pleasant is with women, the quickest is with gambling, but the surest is with technicians."
    George Pompidou (19111974), French politician
    Source: Quoted in the Sunday Telegraph (London) (1968)
  • "When this circuit learns your job, what are you going to do?"
    Marshall McLuhan (19111980), Canadian sociologist and author
    Source: The Medium Is the Message (1967)
  • "Technology—the knack of so arranging the world that we need not experience it."
    Max Frisch (19111991), Swiss author
    Source: Homo Faber (1957)
  • "If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger."
    Frank Lloyd Wright (18671959), US architect
    Referring to advances in technology.
    Source: New York Times Magazine (1953)
  • "Machines are worshipped because they are beautiful, and valued because they confer power; they are hated because they are hideous and loathed because they impose slavery."
    Bertrand Russell (Earl Russell) (18721970), British philosopher and writer
    Source: Sceptical Essays (1928)
  • "It took 75 years for telephones to be used by 50 million customers, but it took only four years for the Internet to reach that many users."
    Lori Valigra, US science writer
    Source: Attributed

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