Monday, February 06, 2006

technofishisms

(a sort of response to my last post)

For a list of all the ways technology has failed to improve the quality of life, please press three. ~Alice Kahn

Technology... is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other. ~C.P. Snow, New York Times, 15 March 1971

I like my new telephone, my computer works just fine, my calculator is perfect, but Lord, I miss my mind! ~Author Unknown

The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people. ~Karl Marx

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

It is questionable if all the mechanical inventions yet made have lightened the day's toil of any human being. ~John Stuart Mill

Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking of them. ~Alfred North Whitehead

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. ~Isaac Asimov, Isaac Asimov's Book of Science and Nature Quotations, 1988

The system of nature, of which man is a part, tends to be self-balancing, self-adjusting, self-cleansing. Not so with technology. ~E.F. Schumacher, Small is Beautiful, 1973

I am sorry to say that there is too much point to the wisecrack that life is extinct on other planets because their scientists were more advanced than ours. ~John F. Kennedy

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. ~Dennis Gabor, Innovations: Scientific, Technological and Social, 1970

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity. ~Albert Einstein

and for a look into just how right Einstein was, check out this link - especially funny for anyone who has done any type of tech support - but anne is right, there are idiots on both ends of the phone...

5 little fish:

Blogger anne swam up to say...

Excellent quotes - there is unsettling truth in the Warren G. Bennis one, I'm sure...

11:13 AM  
Blogger theleftsock swam up to say...

i like the factory of the future, unfotunately i want to be the dog.

1:06 PM  
Blogger Carl V. swam up to say...

Sounds like your tech experience was definitely one of those that mimic the quote about society gathering knowledge faster than wisdom!

1:32 PM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

ah JFK quotes...imagine our current president's soundbites on the subject.

alack, i mourn the lost days of statesmen & orators.

now we have talking heads.

1:52 PM  
Blogger JP swam up to say...

I want to bite the hand that feeds!

This gets printed out
and pasted on the wall of my cube where I eke out the days doing my odd little IT related job.

11:42 PM  

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