Technology Quotes

For God’s sake, go down to reception and get rid of a lunatic who’s down there. He says he’s got a machine for seeing by wireless! Watch him – he may have a razor on him. (Editor, responding to a visit from John Logie Baird, inventor of a prototype television apparatus, 1925)

Everything that can be invented has been invented. (Director of U.S. Patent Office, 1899)

The difference between a rabbit and a rock is the information content, and the difference between a living and a dead rabbit is in the availability or usability of the information.

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round heads in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them. But the only thing you can’t do […]

Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and perhaps weigh 1-1/2 tons. (1949)

The computer is only a fast idiot, it has no imagination; it cannot originate action. It is, and will remain, only a tool to man. (Statement on UNIVAC exhibit, New York World’s Fair, 1964)

The most overlooked advantage to owning a computer is that if they foul up there’s no law against wacking them around a little. (“Porterfield”)

If we can dispel the delusion that learning about computers should be an activity of fiddling with array indexes and worrying whether X is an integer or a real number, we can begin to focus on programming as a source of ideas.

After a day spent staring at a computer monitor, think of a book as a kind of screen saver for your brain.

A successful (software) tool is one that was used to do something undreamed of by its author.