The Internet is remaking us in its own image. We are becoming ever more adept at scanning and skimming, but what we are losing is our capacity for concentration, contemplation, and reflection.
Do what you do best, and link to the rest.
We expect more from technology and less from each other. We create technology to provide the illusion of companionship without the demands of friendship.
The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t being said. The art of reading between the lines is a lifelong quest of the wise.
―Shannon L. Alder
Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.
We already knew that kids learned computer technology more easily than adults, It is as if children were waiting all these centuries for someone to invent their native language.
It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.
It is questionable if all the mechanical inventions yet made have lightened the day’s toil of any human being.
—John Stuart Mill
Cell phones, mobile e-mail, and all the other cool and slick gadgets can cause massive losses in our creative output and overall productivity.
—Robin S. Sharma
One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons.
—R. Buckminster Fuller
Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don’t think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without the talking about the other.
What’s not so great is that all this technology is destroying our social skills. Not only have we given up on writing letters, we barely even talk to each other. People have become so accustomed to texting that they’re actually startled when the phone rings. It’s like we suddenly all have Batphones. If it rings, there must be danger.
Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
We systematically overestimate the value of access to information and underestimate the value of access to each other.
Technology is the campfire around which we tell our stories.
It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive, but those
who can best manage change.
Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.