A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
— Robert A. Heinlein
Don't worry about what anybody else is going to do. The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
— Alan Kay
Reform our infantilized society. Give people the tools to resist and destroy consumer culture (ubiquitous emotionally-manipulative branding and advertising, materialism, artificial fashions) and the corporation’s oligarchical control over employment, entertainment, and creativity. Return power, dignity, and responsibility to the individual.
— Bret Victor: Long-term Goal
Interface matters to me more than anything else, and it always has. I just never realized that. I've spent a lot of time over the years desperately trying to think of a "thing" to change the world. I now know why the search was fruitless -- things don't change the world. People change the world by using things. The focus must be on the "using", not the "thing". Now that I'm looking through the right end of the binoculars, I can see a lot more clearly, and there are projects and possibilities that genuinely interest me deeply.
— Bret Victor
When we see “internet of things”, let’s make it an internet of beings.
When we see “online democracy”, let’s make it deliberative democracy.
When we see “virtual reality”, let’s make it a shared reality.
When we see “new economy”, let’s make it a dignified economy.
When we see “machine learning”, let’s make it collaborative learning.
When we see “digital identity”, let’s make it intersectional identity.
And when we hear “the singularity is near”, let us remember: the Plurality is here.
— Glen Weyl
Questions to ask of a new technology:
What is the problem to which this technology is the solution?
Whose problem is it?
What new problems might result from solving this problem?
Which people and institutions might be harmed by this solution?
How does the new technology change our language, and what are the implications of that?
What people and institutions gain economic or political power because of the technological change?
— Neil Postman: Technology and Society
Every technology has a prejudice. Like language itself, it predisposes us to favor and value certain perspectives and accomplishments. In a culture without writing, human memory is of the greatest importance, as are the proverbs, sayings and songs which contain the accumulated oral wisdom of centuries. That is why Solomon was thought to be the wisest of men. In Kings I we are told he knew 3,000 proverbs. But in a culture with writing, such feats of memory are considered a waste of time, and proverbs are merely irrelevant fancies. The writing person favors logical organization and systematic analysis, not proverbs. The telegraphic person values speed, not introspection. The television person values immediacy, not history...
Every technology has a philosophy which is given expression in how the technology makes people use their minds, in what it makes us do with our bodies, in how it codifies the world, in which of our senses it amplifies, in which of our emotional and intellectual tendencies it disregards. This idea is the sum and substance of what the great Catholic prophet, Marshall McLuhan meant when he coined the famous sentence, “The medium is the message.”
— Neil Postman: Five Things We Need to Know About Technological Change
—— Shirley Wu
You have to keep a dozen of your favorite problems constantly present in your mind, although by and large they will lay in a dormant state. Every time you hear or read a new trick or a new result, test it against each of your twelve problems to see whether it helps. […] The worthwhile problems are the ones you can really solve or help solve, the ones you can really contribute something to. […] No problem is too small or too trivial if we can really do something about it.
— Richard Feynman
[前奏：莫扎特 D 小调安魂弥撒曲——进堂咏]
Non ho niente da dire
Ich habe nichts zu sagen
No tengo nada que decir
Je n'ai rien à dire
—— my little airport 今夜雪糕
But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought. 如果思想可以败坏语言，那语言也同样可以败坏思想。
— George Orwell: Politics and the English Language
There is no other world. There's just another way to live.
— Jacques Mesrine