Quotes on computers.

“You can program a computer to make mistakes, and you do it not by crossing wires, but by manipulating the ‘language’ you teach it to ‘think’ in.”
― Samuel R. Delany

“Software is like entropy: It is difficult to grasp, weighs nothing, and obeys the Second Law of Thermodynamics; i.e., it always increases.”
― Norman Augustine

“Astronomy was field in which computers were extensively used and in some cases, multiple computers with several screens.”
― Steven Magee

“When fervent human curiosity is abandoned to the power of AI, the intrinsic executive function, cognitive control, interrogation, and discord will rapidly weaken to the surrender of the narrative/reality created by AI.”
― Tamie M. Santiago

“People don’t understand computers. Computers are magical boxes in things. People believe what computers tell them. People just want to get their jobs done. people don’t understand risks. They may, in a general sense, when the risk is immediate. People lock their doors and latch their windows. They check to make sure no one is following them when they down a darkened alley. People don’t understand subtle threats, don’t think that a package could be a bomb, or that the nice convenience store clerk might be selling credit card numbers to the mob on the side. And why should they? It almost never happens.”
― Bruce Schneier

“We invented a computer program capable of thinking non-numerically, and thereby solved and venerable mind/body problem, explaining how a system composed of matter can have the properties of mind. Opening the way to automate tasks that had previously required human intelligence.”
― Herbert A. Simon

“Quote may seem a bit of a foreign concept, because few other languages have anything like it. It’s closely tied to one of the most distinctive features of Lisp: code and data are made out of the same data structures, and the quote operator is the way we distinguish between them.”
― Paul Graham

“We invented a computer program capable of thinking non-numerically, and thereby solved and venerable mind/body problem, explaining how a system composed of matter can have the properties of mind. Opening the way to automate tasks that had previously required human intelligence.”
― Herbert A. Simon

“You are a weird-type person. Because only weird-type people sit in kitchens and basements and places all hours of the night, soldering things to boards to make machines go flickety-flock.”
― Les Solomon

“What unites computer and a person is logic.”
― Thomas Vato, Questology

“Your utility meters, smart televisions, cell phones, telephones, computers, credit cards, banks, and internet are all surveillance devices that are recording your activities and that information may be later used against you.”
― Steven Magee

“Astronomy was field in which computers were extensively used and in some cases, multiple computers with several screens.”
― Steven Magee

“Most computer users don’t think about backing up their software until the day they lose it.”
― Don Rittner

“The computer is impressive in scale, but ultimately a mere calculator. No real intelligence within it. No thought. No creativity. No soul.”
― Amie Kaufman, Gemina

“With few ambitions, most people allowed efficient machines to perform everyday tasks for them. Gradually, humans ceased to think, or dream… or truly live.”
― Brian Herbert

“Code is there to explain the comments to the computer.”
― Andy Harris

“I used to do machine language programming in the lights on the front panel of a computer; now I do higher-dimensional type theory. It’s a little bit crazy.”
― Robert Harper

“Computers have no idea what goes on outside of them except what humans tell them.”
― Ellen Ullman

“Life is like a Computer Program,
It will never get better until you make it”
― Sayam Pradhan

“Life – just another corrupted file.”
― Paul Eyot


“The fact that not one has ever laughed tells us much about computers. Either that, or it tells us much about our jokes.”
― John Alejandro King a.k.a. The Covert Comic

“Let us remember that the automatic machine is the precise economic equivalent of slave labor. Any labor which competes with slave labor must accept the economic consequences of slave labor.”
― Norbert Weiner

“As computers replace textbooks, students will become more computer literate and more book illiterate. They’ll be exploring virtual worlds, watching dancing triangles, downloading the latest web sites. But they won’t be reading books.”
― Clifford Stoll

“The best computer is a man, and it’s the only one that can be mass-produced by unskilled labor.”
― Wernher Von Braun

“Artificial intellegance is no match for natural stupidity”
― Albert Einstein

“Our first computers were born not out of greed or ego, but in the revolutionary spirit of helping common people rise above the most powerful institutions.”
― Steve Wozniak

“Computers were a kind of magery in themselves, or might as well be – to people who didn’t understand them, they were every bit as inscrutable.”
― Orson Scott Card

“Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy.”
― Joseph Campbell

“Idiots emit bogons, causing machinery to malfunction in their presence. System administrators absorb bogons, letting machinery work again.”
― Charles Stross

“That’s the thing about people who think they hate computers. What they really hate is lousy programmers.”
― Larry Niven

“A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any other invention with the possible exceptions of handguns and Tequila.”
― Mitch Ratcliffe

“Computers don’t kill books; people do.”
― Douglas Rushkoff

“Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”
― Frederick P. Brooks

“Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes”
― Edsger Wybe Dijkstra

“For most people, home we represented by four walls and a roof. Not for Noa. She preferred a motherboard to a mother, a keyboard to house keys. Nothing was more comforting than the hum of a spinning hard drive.”
― Michelle Gagnon

“It was one thing to use computers as a tool, quite another to let them do your thinking for you.”
― Tom Clancy

“The computer is incredibly fast, accurate, and stupid. Man is unbelievably slow, inaccurate, and brilliant. The marriage of the two is a challenge and opportunity beyond imagination.”
― Stuart G. Walesh

“Computers are quiet and clean and totally distracting because the Internet is there, lying in wait for a moment of weakness to pounce on your creativity and progress.”
― Arlaina Tibensky

“I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.”
― Issac Asimov

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