"If you can’t decide what to do, get on the road. You won’t find the answer. It will find you."
- Andy Dunn, CEO Bonobos | The Risk Not Taken
"Google’s urbanism, on the other hand, is that of someone who is trying to get to a shopping mall in their self-driving car. It’s profoundly utilitarian, even selfish in character, with little to no concern for how public space is experienced. In Google’s world, public space is just something that stands between your house and the well-reviewed restaurant that you are dying to get to. Since no one formally reviews public space or mentions it in their emails, it might as well disappear from Google’s highly personalized maps."
- Google Maps personalization will hurt public space and engagement. - Slate Magazine (via iamdanw)
"Financial success may in the future come to depend more upon the brilliance and imagination of the human who programs the computer than upon any other single factor. The key man in the new power elite will be the one who can best program a computer … In a world where knowledge is power, and where communications mean access to power, he who can most effectively utilize this access will be in the driver’s seat. Some persons (primarily computer programmers) claim that the richest man in the world in the year 2000 will be a computer programmer. This may sound outlandish, but few really good programmers laugh when they consider this assertion."
- Paul Baran, 1969, An Internet Pioneer Foresaw the Tech Bubble’s Filthy Rich Programmers
"You know what drives me crazy? It’s all these people talking about how great technology is, and how it saves all this time. But, what good is saved time, if nobody uses it? If it just turns into more busy work. You never hear somebody say, ‘With the time I’ve saved by using my word processor, I’m gonna go to a Zen monastery and hang out.’ I mean, you never hear that."
- Jesse (Ethan Hawke) in Before Sunrise. (via parislemon)