Quotes Collected During Spring 2013 Semester

The following quotes were added to GDT::Quotes during Spring 2013 semester. Most recently added quotes are displayed first.

At times of change, the learners are the ones who will inherit
the world, while the knowers will be beautifully prepared for
a world which no longer exists.

-- Alistair Smith (?????-) {author/presenter/developer; more...} [life/future]

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
-- Benjamin Franklin (01706-01790) {polymath/Founding Father of the U.S.; more...} [life]

The future is no more uncertain than the present.
-- Walt Whitman (01819-01892) {American poet; more...} [present/future]

I'm not sure at all that I'm any good at this mentoring/investing business;
that's why I'm using my own money, and that's why it's not a career.

-- Jerry Yang (01968-) {entrepreneur; co-founder of Yahoo!; more...} [entrepreneurialism]

Civilization is revving itself into a pathologically short attention span.
The trend might be coming from the acceleration of technology, the
short-horizon perspective of market-driven economics, the next-election
perspective of democracies, or the distractions of personal multi-tasking.
All are on the increase. Some sort of balancing corrective to the
short-sightedness is needed-some mechanism or myth which encourages
the long view and the taking of long-term responsibility, where
'long-term' is measured at least in centuries. Long Now proposes
both a mechanism and a myth.

-- Stewart Brand (01938-) {American writer/futurist; more...} [life/Long Now]

Let's take this moment [Future Day 02013] to laugh and enjoy the coming
chaos, confusion, breakthroughs, brilliance, and breathtaking
transformations that lie ahead of us.

-- Robert Tercek (?????-) {creator of interactive content; more...} [future]

Science is the only news. When you scan through a newspaper or
magazine, all the human interest stuff is the same old he-said-she-said,
the politics and economics the same sorry cyclic dramas, the fashions a
pathetic illusion of newness, and even the technology is predictable if
you know the science. Human nature doesn't change much; science does,
and the change accrues, altering the world irreversibly.

-- Stewart Brand (01938-) {American writer/futurist; more...} [science/life]

If I've said it once, I've said it a zillion times... There are no zillions.
-- Gerald Thurman (01957-) {an American currently living in Arizona; more...} [math]

I saw a headline that started with "4-robot team" & generalized:
x-robot _____, where x is a variable and _____ is fill-in-the blank.
Examples: 42-robot gang; 314-robot swarm; 10^9-nanobot squad.

-- Gerald Thurman (01957-) {an American currently living in Arizona; more...} [future/robots]

It's possible nanotechnology will protect our organs with x%
of effectiveness. It's also possible x will be large. 99.999%?

-- Gerald Thurman (01957-) {an American currently living in Arizona; more...} [future/nano]

There are decades where nothing happens;
and there are weeks where decades happen.

-- Vladimir Lenin (01870-01924) {Russian lawyer/revolutionary/politician; more...} [time/life]

It is a cursed evil to any man to become as absorbed
in any subject as I am in mine.

-- Charles Darwin (01809-01882) {English naturalist/evolutionist; more...} [life]

How paramount the future is to the present when one is surrounded by children.
-- Charles Darwin (01809-01882) {English naturalist/evolutionist; more...} [future]

We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house
for fuel when we should be using Nature's inexhaustible sources of
energy -- sun, wind and tide. ... I'd put my money on the sun and
solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait
until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.

-- Thomas Edison (01847-01931) {American inventor (phonograph/light-bulb); more...} [energy]

My desire for backward compatibility increases with time.
-- Gerald Thurman (01957-) {an American currently living in Arizona; more...} [life]

Engineering is the new liberal arts degree--it prepares you for a lot.
-- Anthony Carnevale (?????-) {director of the Georgetown University Center on Education & the Workforce} []

About 10,000 years ago, man began to domesticate plants and animals.
Now it's the time to domesticate molecules.

-- Susan Lindquist (01949-) {MIT Biology; more...} [future]

We're not really good at arithmetic. We need help.
We need numbers. We need pen and paper. We need
devices. Well, the cheapest computer in the world
can multiply and divide faster and more accurately
than we can. That's its speciality.

-- Isaac Asimov (01920-01992) {born in Russia; American author/biochemistry professor; more...} [life]

The last democratic thing we have is a free, open Internet.
-- Padraig O'Hara (?????-) {IT consultant; more...} [Internet/democracy]

No one will want to go back to the good old days of 2013 in 2033.
-- John Mauldin (?????-) {financial expert/writer; more...} [future]

It is no accident that Silicon Valley is in America, and not France,
or Germany, or England, or Japan. In those countries, people color
inside the lines.

-- Paul Graham (01964-) {English programmer/VC/essayist; more...} [hackers/hacking]

Hackers are unruly. That is the essence of hacking.
And it is also the essence of Americanness.

-- Paul Graham (01964-) {English programmer/VC/essayist; more...} [hackers/hacking]

I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.
-- Augusten Burroughs (01965-) {American writer; more...} [on being human]

Advances in understanding the human genome are having a dramatic
impact on almost every area of medicine. Foundation Medicine's
approach in harnessing the power of genomic data to improve care
for cancer patients could represent an extremely important step
forward in improving routine cancer care. I'm happy to be supporting
this quite promising approach.

-- Bill Gates (01955-) {American businessman/philanthropist; more...} [genomics]

If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is
only because they do not realize how complicated life is.

-- John von Neumann (01903-01957) {Hungarian-born American mathematician and polymath; more...} [math/life]

Hollywood has taught you well my son.
-- Homer Simpson (01987-) {the dad on the TV show "The Simpsons"; more...} [Hollywood]

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Creator: Gerald Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 5 January 2013
Last Modified: Sunday, 21-Apr-2013 06:52:27 MST