Some interesting ideas or quotes I've seen (or written)

On Society and Computer Technologies:






Back to Bradford W. Miller

"...the social exploitation of computers may proceed in two very different directions. The emphasis may be toward turning the power of computers to the service of the individual, so as to augment his intellectual capabilities and enable him to cope with a much higher level of operational complexity in society. Or the emphasis may continue on the automation of existing functions in human organizations, with a concomitant centralization of information and control. The first direction leads to strengthening human organizations by augmenting the capabilities of the individuals in them, while the second direction leads to the evolution of organizations into superhuman entities with their own goals, largely insensitive to human values."

    -- Robert Fano as quoted in Technology Review, July/August 2008, p 96.

"Only through chaos are all things possible"

    -- Unknown (I don't think it was me first, but I've said it a lot)