We’ve all been set-it-on-fire-and-toss-it-out-the-window frustrated at one point or another, so it’s easy to understand why technology is so often the target of comedians. Sure, technology makes our lives easier. We use remote controls for everything, our cars can park themselves, we even have robots to clean our floors. The future is now! But then comes that moment when the computer suddenly shuts down without warning or apparent reason. The email containing the plan we spent 2 hours working on just disappears. Cell phones do everything but connect calls. The copier jams. Again.
Oh yes, technology is a wonderful thing. When it works. These quotes discuss both the joys and sorrows that come along with our ever-changing technology and its impact on our lives.
Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.
– Albert Einstein
A computer will do what you tell it to do, but that may be much different from what you had in mind.
– Joseph Weizenbaum
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
– Arthur C. Clarke
Bill Gates is a very rich man today… and do you want to know why? The answer is one word: Versions.
– Dave Barry
Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy.
– Joseph Campbell
Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
– Pablo Picasso
Computers have enabled people to make more mistakes faster than almost any invention in history, with the possible exception of tequila and hand guns.
– Mitch Ratcliffe
Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
– Steve Jobs
Do you realize if it weren’t for Edison we’d be watching TV by candlelight?
– Al Boliska
For a list of all the ways technology has failed to improve the quality of life, please press three.
– Alice Kahn
For any new technology there is always controversy and there always some fear associated with it. I think that’s just the price of being first sometimes.
– Hugh Grant
I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won’t last out the year.
– The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957
I really believe that we don’t have to make a trade-off between security and privacy. I think technology gives us the ability to have both.
– John Poindexter
I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.
– Thomas Watson, 1943
If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1000 MPG.
– Bill Gates
Never trust a computer you can’t throw out a window.
– Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Inc.
Once upon a time we were just plain people. But that was before we began having relationships with mechanical systems. Get involved with a machine and sooner or later you are reduced to a factor.
– Ellen Goodman
One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
– Elbert Hubbard
Technology is like a fish. The longer it stays on the shelf, the less desirable it becomes.
– Andrew Heller
Technology is the knack of so arranging the world that we don’t have to experience it.
– Max Frisch
Technology usually provides a series of tradeoffs. Each asset is offset by a deficit…A major problem occurs when those who suffer from technology’s defecits and those who benefit are not the same people.
– Donald Norman
Technology… the knack of so arranging the world that we don’t have to experience it.
– Max Frisch
The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.
– Warren G. Bennis
The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.
– Bill Gates
The key to success for everything in business, science and technology is never to follow the others.
– Masaru Ibuka, Sony
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
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
– Isaac Asimov
There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.
– Ken Olson, 1977
What new technology does is create new opportunities to do a job that customers want done.
– Tim O’Reilly
You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.
– Steve Jobs
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