Quotes of Contrivance

“ A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history, with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila. ”

- Mitch Ratcliffe

“ All for one, one for all, that is our device. ”

- Alexandre ‘the Younger’ Dumas

“ Every contrivance of man, every tool, every instrument, every utensil, every article designed for use, of each and every kind, evolved from a very simple beginnings. ”

- Robert Collier

“ The world has arrived at an age of cheap complex devices of great reliability, and something is bound to come of it. ”

- Vannevar Bush

“ You ask yourself not if this or that is expedient, but if it is right. ”

- Alan Paton

“ I happen to think that computers are the most important thing to happen to musicians since the invention of cat-gut which was a long time ago. ”

- Robert Moog

“ After all, just one virus on a computer is one too many. ”

- Glenn Turner

“ Invention consists in avoiding the constructing of useless contraptions and in constructing the useful combinations which are in infinite minority. To invent is to discern, to choose. ”

- Henri Poincare

“ A tool is but the extension of a man's hand, and a machine is but a complex tool. And he that invents a machine augments the power of a man and the well-being of mankind. ”

- Henry Ward Beecher

“ Now again, there are so many gadgets on cameras now that people abandon these simpler instruments for the more sure instruments. ”

- Ben Shahn

“ We are now in the third stage of the industrial revolution. The first involved machines which extended human muscle; the second used machines to extend the human nervous system (radio, television, telephones); the third is now utilizing machines which extend the human mind-computers… ”

- Owen Davies

“ What, exactly, is the Internet? Basically it is a global network exchanging digitized data in such a way that any computer, anywhere, that is equipped with a device called a "modem" can make a noise like a duck choking on a kazoo. ”

- Dave Barry

“ We are now in the third stage of the industrial revolution. The first involved machines which extended human muscle; the second used machines to extend the human nervous system (radio, television, telephones); the third is now utilizing machines which extend the human mind-computers… ”

- Owen Davies

“ It's a well known fact that computing devices such as the abacus were invented thousands of years ago. But it's not well known that the first use of a common computer protocol occured in the Old Testament. This, of course, was when Moses aborted the Egyptians' process with a control-sea…". ”

- Tom Galloway

“ The more a person learns how to use the forces of nature for his own purposes, by means of perfecting the sciences and the invention and improvement of machines, the more he will produce. ”

- Friedrich List

“ When altruism is conceived as the mechanism by which DNA multiplies itself through a network of relatives, spirituality becomes just one more Darwinian enabling device. ”

- Edward O. Wilson

“ Men have become tools of their tools. ”

- Henry David Thoreau

“ As machines get to be more and more like men, men will come to be more like machines. ”

- Joseph Wood Krutch

“ Take the advice of a faithful friend, and submit thy inventions to his censure. ”

- Thomas Fuller

“ Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions. ”

- Bible

“ God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions. ”

- Bible

“ Computers will overtake humans with AI at some within the next 100 years. When that happens, we need to make sure the computers have goals aligned with ours. ”

- Stephen Hawking

“ A computer will do what you tell it to do, but that may be much different from what you had in mind. ”

- Joseph Weizenbaum

“ I think it's fair to say we have a rather major disagreement on this point. ”

- Christopher Hill

“ An house is of a double nature, viz., one, wherein it is a way and means of expence, the other as it is an instrument and tool of gain. ”

- William Petty

“ Computers belong in the boiler room, appliances belong in your hand. ”

- Scott McNealy

“ By 2009, computers will disappear. Displays will be written directly onto our retinas by devices in our eyeglasses and contact lenses. ”

- Ray Kurzweil

“ Man is a tool-using Animal. Nowhere do you find him without tools; without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all. ”

- Thomas Carlyle

“ We are beginning to see intimations of this in the implantation of computer devices into the human body. ”

- Ray Kurzweil

“ We shape our tools and afterwards our tools shape us. ”

- Marshall McLuhan
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