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A computer terminal is not some clunky old television with a typewriter in front of it. It is an interface where the mind and body can connect with the universe and move bits of it about. (Douglas Adams)

The biggest problem encountered, while trying to design a system that was completely foolproof, was that people tended to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. (Douglas Adams)

Technology: No Place for Wimps! (Scott Adams)

Television is a device that permits people who haven't anything to do to watch people who can't do anything. (Fred Allen)

We have technology on our side (the digital camera and the internet) and the nature of information has changed; it is all so marketable and available and is no longer constrained by privilege and apprenticeship. (Greg Allen)

Radio is the theater of the mind; television is the theater of the mindless. (Steve Allen)

I don't own a computer. I have a nine-foot piano in my home to compose my messages. Why would I want a one-foot computer to do the same thing? (Tori Amos)

You can do great things with low-tech stuff. (Laurie Anderson)

The medium has eclipsed the moment. (Erin Anderssen)

Technology is the arranging of life so that one need not experience it. (Anonymous)

Computers let you make more mistakes faster than any other invention in human history, with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila. (Anonymous)

In this vast changing world of technology the old saying 'stop and smell the roses' holds even more meaning. (Kathleen Arnason)

I do not fear computers. I fear lack of them. (Isaac Asimov)

People like simple websites. The fewer clicks the better. Show a big beautiful image first thing. After all, you're an artist, and the first impression you want to make is...the art! (Theresa Bayer)

Technology, like art, is a soaring exercise of the human imagination. (Daniel Bell)

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 takes a lot of practice and experimentation to rise above a computer program's built-in logic, someone else's creative mind-set. But it's not dissimilar to the use of any other tool. (Dianne Bersea)

The most powerful tool on the planet today is Tell-A-Vision. That is where I tell a vision to you and you tell a vision to me. (Swami Beyondananda)

Technology has advanced more in the last thirty years than in the previous two thousand. The exponential increase in advancement will only continue. Anthropological Commentary: The opposite of a trivial truth is false; the opposite of a great truth is also true. (Niels Bohr)

What turns me on about the digital age, what excited me personally, is that you have closed the gap between dreaming and doing. You see, it used to be that if you wanted to make a record of a song, you needed a studio and a producer. Now, you need a laptop. (Bono)

Technology is so much fun but we can drown in our technology. (Daniel J. Boorstin)

The television, that insidious beast, that Medusa which freezes a billion people to stone every night, staring fixedly, that Siren which called and sang and promised so much and gave, after all, so little. (Ray Bradbury)

If you own a machine, you are in turn owned by it, and spend your time serving it... (Marion Zimmer Bradley)

For artists diving into a new technology, it is a triple short-cut to mastery: you get a free ride on the novelty of the medium; there are no previous masters to surpass; and after a few weeks, you are the master. Try that with the violin. (Stewart Brand)

Once a new technology rolls over you, if you're not part of the steamroller, you're part of the road. (Stewart Brand)

Every time you think television has hit its lowest ebb, a new program comes along to make you wonder where you thought the ebb was. (Art Buchwald)

Artificial Intelligence: the art of making computers that behave like the ones in movies. (Bill Bulko)

-The Book of Machines from Erewhon, publ. 1840
Reflect upon the extraordinary advance which machines have made during the last few hundred years, and note how slowly the animal and vegetable kingdoms are advancing. The more highly organised machines are creatures not so much of yesterday, as of the last five minutes... in comparison with past time... what will they not in the end become? Is it not safer to nip the mischief in the bud and to forbid them further progress? (Samuel Butler, novelist)

With the arrival of the new comes the need to overcome fascination with novelty in order to approach substance and sophistication - a sophistication born of subtlety and depth of perception, not complexity and perceived virtuosity. (John Paul Caponigro)

Electricity is really just organized lightning. (George Carlin)

-on misattributed sayings...
Nothing you see on the Internet is mine unless it comes from one of my albums, books, HBO specials, or appeared on my website. (George Carlin)

Man has made many machines, complex and cunning, but which of them indeed rivals the workings of his heart? (Pablo Casals)

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. (Arthur C. Clarke)

Technology frightens me to death. It's designed by engineers to impress other engineers. And they always come with instruction booklets that are written by engineers for other engineers - which is why almost no technology ever works. (John Cleese)

Forget what you may have heard about a digital divide or worries that the world is splintering into 'info haves' and 'info have-nots.' The fact is, technology fosters equality, and it's often the relatively cheap and mundane devices that do the most good. (Bill Clinton)

...apart from the seemingly magical Internet, life in broad material terms isn't so different from what it was in 1953... The wonders portrayed in 'The Jetsons,' the space-age television cartoon from the 1960s, have not come to pass... Life is better and we have more stuff, but the pace of change has slowed down... (Tyler Cowen)

-Financial Times, 2012...
My view of the Internet is that it is way overrated in what it's done to date but considerably underrated in what it will do. (Tyler Cowen)

If automobiles had followed the same development cycle as the computer, a Rolls-Royce would today cost $100, get a million miles per gallon, and explode once a year, killing everyone inside. (Robert Cringely)

Television is a high-impact medium. It does some things no other force can do - transmitting electronic pictures through the air. Still, as an explored, comprehensive medium, it is not a substitute for print. (Walter Cronkite)

People generally report higher levels of stress, depression, and tension after watching TV. It seems that TV's main virtue is that it occupies the mind undemandingly. (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)

The human condition is not served by our technical ability to transmit a televised image around the world – if that image is totally inane. (Ken Danby)

Don't let your email dictate your priorities. (Jeff Davidson)

The Dalai Lama challenged me - he said, 'Why can't you use technological tools to study kindness and compassion?' (Richard J. Davidson)

Personally, I rather look forward to a computer program winning the world chess championship. Humanity needs a lesson in humility. (Richard Dawkins)

There are no cops on the Internet. Dishonesty, deceit, manipulation are the norm and not the exception. It is a depressing example of unrestrained human nature in action. (Paul deMarrais)

Thanks to technology, what almost anybody can do has been multiplied a thousandfold, and our moral understanding about what we ought to do hasn't kept pace. (Daniel Dennett)

Inertia is the website's enemy; conjunction with action in the real world can get results. (Chris Dennis)

I will often test one of my pieces in Photoshop by turning off the colour and looking at its values. If it's not working as it is, I push the contrasts, print it out and repaint it. (Lorna Dockstader)

Television's role is merely to assemble the private bad taste of millions of individuals so it achieves critical mass in the public square. The people who might once have gone to local bear-baitings now cohere into a national audience, so the alarms go off. (Mark Dolliver)

The Internet allows some of us to live a little behind our retina of awe and wonder... yet another parade of wonders! (Gael Drew)

Technology can make us fall in love with perfection and perfection can be the enemy of art as it removes the human touch. This is simply something to be alert to... (Dean Taylor Drewyer)

The computer is a moron. (Peter Drucker)

The poem is a form of texting... it's the original text. It's a perfecting of a feeling in language - it's a way of saying more with less, just as texting is. (Carol Ann Duffy)

Multimedia tells us what to do, where to go, what to wear, what to see. We don't have to think creatively anymore. (Michael Duncan)

Technology is a gift of God. After the gift of life it is perhaps the greatest of God's gifts. It is the mother of civilizations, of arts and of sciences. (Freeman Dyson)

If we had a reliable way to label our toys good and bad, it would be easy to regulate technology wisely. But we can rarely see far enough ahead to know which road leads to damnation. (Freeman Dyson)

-referring to digital images of paintings...
Even a work as small as 2 feet x 2 feet loses a sense of scale when seen reduced. (Elihu Edelson)

When you watch television, you never see people watching television. We love television because it brings us a world in which television does not exist. (Barbara Ehrenreich)

Television is a medium of entertainment which permits millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time, and yet remain lonesome. (T. S. Eliot)

The basis of computer work is predicated on the idea that only the brain makes decisions and only the index finger does the work. (Brian Eno)

I'm always interested in what you can do with technology that people haven't thought of doing yet. (Brian Eno)

I always work in a room where there's no Internet to keep from being distracted so easily. (Jeffrey Eugenides)

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled. (Richard Feynman)

First I have tried to achieve the highest quality of technical facility possible so that I have at my fingertips the availability to create anything I want. Then I paint. (Audrey Flack)

The most technologically efficient machine that man has ever invented is the book. (Northrop Frye)

Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons. (Buckminster Fuller)

Man is going to be displaced altogether as a specialist by the computer. Man himself is being forced to reestablish, employ, and enjoy his innate 'comprehensivity.' (Buckminster Fuller)

t is now highly feasible to take care of everybody on Earth at a higher standard of living than any have ever known. It no longer has to be you or me. Selfishness is unnecessary. War is obsolete. It is a matter of converting our high technology from Weaponry to Livingry. (Buckminster Fuller)

I tweet, therefore my entire life has shrunk to 140 character chunks of instant event and predigested gnomic wisdom. And swearing. (Neil Gaiman)

I'm never, I hope, stupid enough to believe that Twitter or blogging or any of this stuff is a substitute for actually doing the work or writing a book. (Neil Gaiman)

My app is the same juicy paint used by Vincent Van Gogh; my screen is the woven canvas of Titian. Painting by hand, I've come to figure, is a certain kind of love. (Robert Genn)

Now familiar with my own particular voice and accent, my Dragon app prints out exactly what I speak into my iPad. Twenty years ago this miracle would be unthinkable. (Robert Genn)

I would rather choose the painting of a monkey over anything generated electronically, because I am more fascinated by the direct evidence of a mind at work than I am by the output of machines. (Gary Glenn)

Color television! Bah, I won't believe it until I see it in black and white. (Samuel Goldwyn)

While modern technology has given people powerful new communication tools, it apparently can do nothing to alter the fact that many people have nothing useful to say. (Leo Gomes)

I like the computer because it keeps giving you options. What if I do this? You try it, and if you don't like it you undo it. The original can always be resurrected. It raises the idea of working on one painting your whole life, saving it and working on it again and again. (Elliott Green)

It's not 'interruption,' it's connection. But wait a minute... it's not really 'connection' either. It's the potential for simply a different connection. It may be better, it may be worse - we just don't know until we check. (Dr. John Grohol)

Anyone who can be replaced by a machine deserves to be. (Dennis Gunton)

-interview by Christoph Platz...
The way I make drawings is just with a desktop Epson C88 printer and they are designed to break, they are really cheap. So I bought a lot of them before it became impossible to find them... (Wade Guyton)

-interview by Christoph Platz...
We are all frustrated with computers, all the time... But we also always develop a relationship with computers these days - something my parents never had... there%u2018s always a kind of negotiation, sometimes you are in tune with it and other times you are fighting with it. (Wade Guyton)

Living in a time of the increasing struggle of the mechanization of man, photography has become another example of this paradoxical problem of how to humanize, how to overcome a machine on which we are thoroughly dependent... the camera... (Ernst Haas)

Nobody in real life ever takes me seriously. The Internet makes it possible for people like me to live the way I do now. Without it, I'd have to be in New York or some other city. I think the Internet is the greatest invention in history after antibiotics. (Jane Haddam)

I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image. (Stephen Hawking)

A website is like a phone number for the artist today... a website is courtesy, as well as business. (Margaret Henkels)

Along with this rapid growth of forms of communication at our disposal - be it fax, phone, email, Internet or whatever - human solitude will increase in direct proportion. (Werner Herzog)

The thing with high-tech is that you always end up using scissors. (David Hockney)

-on getting his first iPad...
I thought the iPhone was great, but this takes it to a new level - simply because it's eight times the size of the iPhone, as big as a reasonably-sized sketchbook... Anyone who likes drawing and mark-making will like to explore new media. (David Hockney)

Where there is the necessary technical skill to move mountains, there is no need for the faith that moves mountains. (Eric Hoffer)

We've tended to forget that no computer will ever ask a new question. (Grace Hopper)

Painting by hand is a wonderful antidote to computer work. Paintings have a high quantum energy level due to the energy we put into them. There will be no substitute. (Steve Hovland)

Technology grows and so does loneliness. (Lucero Isaac)

Paintings! They're like TV, but they don't move. (A.J. Jacobs)

-Tim's Vermeer, the movie...
We make the point in the film, maybe not explicitly enough, that what we call art and technology are basically two sides of the same coin, which is creative activity. (Tim Jenison)

I iPod. You iPod. We all iPod! Beats thinking! (Anthony Mars Jenkins)

What a computer is to me is the most remarkable tool that we have ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds. (Steve Jobs)

We think basically you watch television to turn your brain off, and you work on your computer when you want to turn your brain on. (Steve Jobs)

What's new is this amazingly efficient distribution system for stolen property called the Internet - and no one's gonna shut down the Internet. (Steve Jobs)

Digital art is another style of art just as watercolor is different from oil, even when digital media tends to mimic the traditional. (Julie Rodriguez Jones)

I think the hard thing about all these tools is that it takes a fair amount of effort to become proficient. (Bill Joy)

What's your personal computer, anyways? Your personal computer should be something that's always on your person. (Bill Joy)

With digitals, you can't sort of riff through the prints like playing cards but you can easily generate pretty fast slide show collections of related reference materials... and easily find that specific picture. (Bill Kerr)

Science is everything we understand well enough to explain to a computer. Art is everything else. (David Knuth)

Computers are another tool for the creative artist - just as a flat or filbert brush is. But there was a time when I left a jar of medium open by my work station for that painterly smell. (Don Lambert)

If science fiction is the mythology of modern technology, then its myth is tragic. (Ursula K. LeGuin)

You can shoot and edit a movie from your iPhone and upload it to YouTube. Of course, what's not universal is talent. Are you making anything that anyone really should see? (Adam Leipzig)

-an artist without a website. . .
I don't do the Internet. I'm not unhappy with that... I'm uncomfortable with the Internet and I value my privacy. (John Leonard, artist)

Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them. Now we face the question whether a still higher 'standard of living' is worth its cost in things natural, wild and free. For us of the minority, the opportunity to see geese is more important than television. (Aldo Leopold)

The proper artistic response to digital technology is to embrace it as a new window on everything that's eternally human, and to use it with passion, wisdom, fearlessness and joy. (Ralph Lombreglia)

Twenty years ago the computer was a babbling box. Now it is a boasting beast. (David Louis)

-referring to the possibilities of the new digital camera...
This is it. This is the revolution, and I'm in the middle of it. It's a great time to be alive. (George Lucas)

Even with all the latest methods of promotion, a prospective purchaser actually viewing the picture in the studio or in a gallery is still very important for a sale. (Ronald Maddox)

The Internet is the petri-dish of humanity. We can't control what grows in it, but we don't have to watch either. (Tiffany Madison)

With the most primitive means the artist creates something which the most ingenious and efficient technology will never be able to create. (Kasimir Malevich)

Progress is unstoppable... Technology helps and good ideas spread - these are two laws of nature. If you don't let technology help you, if you resist good ideas, you condemn yourself to dinosaurhood! (Yann Martel)

Whether or not you love television, you've got to admit that it certainly loves itself. (Mignon McLaughlin)

The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village. (Marshall McLuhan)

All the new media are art forms which have the power of imposing, like poetry, their own assumptions. (Marshall McLuhan)

As technology advances, it reverses the characteristics of every situation again and again. The age of automation is going to be the age of 'do it yourself.' (Marshall McLuhan)

The printing press was at first mistaken for an engine of immortality by everybody except Shakespeare. (Marshall McLuhan)

Digitally created artwork has emerged along with the rapid development in computer technology and is showing up in many galleries. It has also revived the age old question, 'Yes, but is it art?' (Bob McMurray)

The reality of our century is technology: the invention, construction and maintenance of machines. To be a user of machines is to be of the spirit of this century. Machines have replaced the transcendental spiritualism of past eras. (Laszlo Moholy-Nagy)

We live in a world of marvels. Various optical tools, not previously available to people in recent past history, can be used to broaden our awareness of the complexity of this world. How incredibly enriching is this? (Gabriella Morrison)

To curb the machine and limit art to handicraft is a denial of opportunity. (Lewis Mumford)

A website is a communication tool. The design and marketing will attract attention; the content will keep an increasing and steady audience. (Andrew Niculescu)

Adapting to technology is a matter of confidence; one's true willingness to explore and learn is sufficient to be 'in on it.' (Andrew Niculescu)

The press, the machine, the railway, the telegraph are premises whose thousand-year conclusion no one has yet dared to draw. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

Our imagination always outpaces our technology. The gap between the two is the distance the creative spark must jump in order to ignite our forward momentum. (Dr. Jason Ohler)

Given all the technology that we're in the middle of, I would be so pleased if someone would look at one of these prints and say, 'You know, I feel like that.' (Nathan Oliveira)

-president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977...
There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home. (Ken Olson)

Men are only as good as their technical development allows them to be. (George Orwell)

Rational order in the technological world can be as fascinating as the fetishes of a Congo witch-doctor – scientific phenomena become significant images. (Eduardo Paolozzi)

Nobody thinks about technical issues anymore because cameras or camera phones take care of that automatically. On the other hand, you still have the option of controlling every technical aspect. It's the most accessible, democratic medium available in the world. (Martin Parr)

By mid-century, computers will be linked directly into our nervous systems via nanotechnology, which is so small it could connect to every neuron in our brains. By about 2040, there will be a backup of our brains in a computer somewhere, so that when you die it won't be a major career problem. (Ian Pearson, futurologist)

A year spent in artificial intelligence is enough to make one believe in God. (Alan J. Perlis)

Hardware: the parts of a computer that can be kicked. (Jeff Pesis)

I am full of admiration for the technologists who have developed all sorts of gadgets for the purpose of improving communications. However, I believe that all these fascinating machines are complementary to, and not substitutes for, books and the printed word. (Prince Philip)

-while stuck in a Heriot Watt University lift in 1958...
This could only happen in a technical college. (Prince Philip)

What good are computers? They can only give you answers. (Pablo Picasso)

Adding sound to movies would be like putting lipstick on the Venus de Milo. (Mary Pickford)

In the same way that machines have replaced our bodies in certain kinds of jobs, software is replacing our left brains by doing sequential, logical work... I actually think this shift toward right-brain abilities has the potential to make us both better off and better in a deeper sense. (Daniel H. Pink)

Technology is the biggest competitor the artist has today. It dances, it moves, it lights up, it makes sounds, it talks back. (Ed Pointer)

Traditional painting as we know it is a part of who we are; it will not be replaced by the computer any more than it will be replaced by the vacuum. (Carl Purcell)

Virtual worlds are non-places. But the body can never be a non-body. This confrontation between non-places and real bodies is the crux of the problem of the virtual. (Phille Queau)

A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history – with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila. (Mitch Ratliffe)

Video displays never get the colours right. Pixels aren’t paint; canvases are not packets of digitized information – they’re complicated objects, changeable as wine, getting older every day. (Paul Richard)

Think? Why think! We have computers to do that for us. (Jean Rostand)

Make a small painting of what you want to do... and project it up on a white wall... The enlarged version is so changed that there is no way of just visualizing it in the brain... It's a whole new dimension in painting. (Jim Rowe)

-in response to his urgings for investment in radio in the 1920s...
The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular? (associates of David Sarnoff)

Email, instant messaging, and cell phones give us fabulous communication ability, but because we live and work in our own little worlds, that communication is totally disorganized. (Marilyn vos Savant)

If today's arts love the machine, technology and organization, if they aspire to precision and reject anything vague and dreamy, this implies an instinctive repudiation of chaos and a longing to find the form appropriate to our times. (Oskar Schlemmer)

The system of nature, of which man is a part, tends to be self-balancing, self-adjusting, self-cleansing. Not so with technology. (Ernst F. Schumacher)

Television? The word is half Latin and half Greek. No good can come of it. (Charles Prestwich Scott)

In our age of instant communication and media bombardment, we suffer from 'blurt.' Care and thought in art and writing are swamped by the instant. The leisurely pleasure of the journey is thereby lost; the end results reflect haste and glaring mistakes. (Jo Scott-B)

For ages I've been importuning a dear friend to leave the 20th century at peace and to germinate an online presence for the 21st. Something, anything, beyond his solitary email address. His vocation needs it. 'Start with a sort of digital business card and let it grow,' says I, sagely. Recently, I looked into a mirror. (Peter Segnitz)

F**k them is what I say. I hate those ebooks. They can not be the future. They may well be. I will be dead. I won't give a s**t. (Maurice Sendak)

Machines are designed not to be random. When you call up a word processing program on your computer, you don't want it to be different every time you call it up. You want it to stay the same. (Rupert Sheldrake)

In this era of world leadership, the metal detector is the altar and the minicam may be god. (Hugh Sidey)

The art of our era is not art, but technology. Today Rembrandt is painting automobiles; Shakespeare is writing research reports; Michelangelo is designing more efficient bank lobbies. (Howard Sparks)

Untethered technology gives us the freedom to do nearly anything, anytime, anywhere. It can also enslave us - we feel compelled to use it where ever it is. Technology is neutral. How, when and where we use it is up to us. (Linda Stone)

We are surrounded by engineers' folleys: too many technical solutions still looking for problems to solve. (David Tansley)

Digitally re-mastering recordings made in the analogue age by past artists is the equivalent of improving a Van Gogh painting by sanding it down and touching it up with an air-brush. (Billy Childish and Charles Thomson)

Men have become the tools of their tools. (Henry David Thoreau)

A personal website is vital, but it needs to change and evolve. (Cory Trepanier)

Nuclear war would really set back cable. (Ted Turner)

Let new be new, but let's maintain the old, the frayed. / From the ragged edge comes love, human-made. (Lisa Vihos)

We have to come together, worldwide, and 'think.' We have a tool - the internet - to let us do that. Let's use it wisely. (Jimmy Wales)

We come from geek culture, we come from the free software movement, we have a lot of technologists involved. If we had done the same sort of comparison on poets or artists, I think that we would not have fared nearly as well. (Jimmy Wales)

The cosmic mind of artists is like cyberspace without the equipment. (Dr. Lorne Waring)

-most likely misattributed to Chairman of IBM, 1943...
I think there is a world market for maybe five computers. (Thomas J. Watson, Sr.)

Machines might give us more time to think but will never do our thinking for us. (Thomas J. Watson, Jr.)

Technology is destructive only in the hands of people who do not realize that they are one and the same process as the universe. (Alan Watts)

I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can't stop eating peanuts. (Orson Welles)

I was discussing the use of email and how impersonal it can be, how people will now email someone across the room rather than go and talk to them. But I don't think this is laziness, I think it is a conscious decision people are making to save time. (Margaret J. Wheatley)

That's mostly what the Internet is, just passing the time. But unfortunately you are dealing with words that can have meaning. (Tom Wolfe)

Initially I started with photographs, and then the slides came along, but now of course with the digital it's just amazing. So I have a digital projector and a carousel slide projector and a big screen that I pull down and it's just like sitting and looking out the window. (Alan Wylie)


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