Technology

  • I've come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies: 1. Anything that is in the world when you were born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. 2. Anything that's invented between when you are 15 and 35 is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.3.Anything invented after your 35 is against the natural order of things.


    Perceptions, Reactionary, Technology

  • The reason that technology so often disappoints and betrays us, is that it promises to make easy things that, by their intrinsic nature, have to be hard.Tweeting and trolling are easy.Mastering the art of conversation and measured debate is hard. Texting is easy.Writing a proper letter is hard Looking stuff up on Google is easy.Knowing what to search for in the first place is hard.Having 1000 friends on Facebook is easy.Maintaining six or seven close adult friendships over the space of many years is hard.Swiping right on Tinder is easy.Finding love and staying in it, is hard.


    Difficulties, Relationships, Social Media, Technology

  • Technology progress is like an axe in the hands of the pathological criminal.


    Destruction, Progress, Technology

  • Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.


    Technology

  • Part of what made the Macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians, poets, and artists, and zoologists, and historians. They also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world. But if it hadn't been computer science, these people would have been doing amazing things in other fields.


    Technology

  • 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.


    Technology

  • Electricity is an example of a general purpose technology, like the steam engine before it. General purpose technologies drive most economic growth, because they unleash cascades of complementary innovations, like lightbulbs and, yes, factory redesign.


    Technology

  • When the inventor of the drawing board messed things up, what did he go back to?


    Technology

  • No man can hear his telephone ring without wishing that Alexander Graham Bell had been run over by an ice wagon at the age of four.


    Technology

  • Take up car maintenance and you’ll find the class is full of thirty-something women like me looking for a fella.


    Technology

  • The thing with Hi-tech is that you always end up using scissors.


    Technology

  • The itemised bill ranks up there with suspender belts, Sky Sports channels and Loaded magazine, as inventions women could do without.


    Technology

  • Why, Sir, there is every possibility that you will soon be able to tax it!
    [when asked by Gladstone on the usefulness of electricity]


    Technology

  • The first rule of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts.


    Technology

  • Inanimate objects are classified scientifically into three major categories - those that don’t work; those that break down and those that get lost.


    Technology

  • When man wanted to make a machine that would walk he created a wheel, which does not resemble a leg.


    Technology

  • Technology is the knack of arranging the world so that we need not experience it.


    Technology

  • The great advances which have been made in human happiness, have been just as much due to the spinning Jenny, the internal combustion engine and the generation of steam, as to the moral sublimity of a Shaftesbury, a Florence Nightingale, an Elizabeth Fry or a Mother Teresa.


    Technology