"I'm struck by the insidious, computer-driven tendency to take things out of the domain of muscular activity and put them into the domain of mental activity."
"I used to think that cyberspace was fifty years away. What I thought was fifty years away, was only ten years away. And what I thought was ten years away... it was already here. I just wasn't aware of it yet."
"Everything that can be invented, has been invented."
"All of the books in the world contain no more information than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year. Not all bits have equal value."
"Technology... is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other."
"We've arranged a civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology."
"It is only when they go wrong that machines remind you how powerful they are."
"The Internet is a telephone system that's gotten uppity."
"Spending an evening on the World Wide Web is much like sitting down to a dinner of Cheetos, two hours later your fingers are yellow and you're no longer hungry, but you haven't been nourished."
"Why is it drug addicts and computer afficionados are both called users?"
"The digital revolution is far more significant than the invention of writing or even of printing."
"Bill Gates is a very rich man today .. and do you want to know why? The answer is one word: versions."
"The Internet is the most important single development in the history of human communication since the invention of call waiting."
"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."
"Technology is so much fun but we can drown in our technology. The fog of information can drive out knowledge."
"A friend called me up the other day and talked about investing in a dot-com that sells lobsters. Internet lobsters. Where will this end? The next day he sent me a huge package of lobsters on ice. How low can you stoop?"
"It may not always be profitable at first for businesses to be online, but it is certainly going to be unprofitable not to be online."
"One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man."
"The system of nature, of which man is a part, tends to be self-balancing, self-adjusting, self-cleansing. Not so with technology."
"The newest computer can merely compound, at speed, the oldest problem in the relations between human beings, and in the end the communicator will be confronted with the old problem, of what to say and how to say it."
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