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Quotations about computer (Part IV)

The idea that Bill Gates has appeared like a knight in shining armor to lead all customers out of a mire of technological chaos neatly ignores the fact that it was he who, by peddling second- rate technology, led them into it in the first place.
-Douglas Adams

At the present time there exist problems beyond our ability to solve, not because of theoretical difficulties, but because of insufficient means of mechanical computation.
-Howard Aiken, Proposed Automatic Calculating Machine, 1937

The desire to economize time and mental effort in arithmetical computations, and to eliminate human liability to error is probably as old as the science of arithmetic itself.
-Howard Aiken

Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest.
-Isaac Asimov

I do not fear computers. I fear lack of them.
-Isaac Asimov

One of the most feared expressions in modern times is The computer is down
-Norman Augustine

Electronic aids, particularly domestic computers, will help the inner migration, the opting out of reality. Reality is no longer going to be the stuff out there, but the stuff inside your head. It's going to be commercial and nasty at the same time.
-J. G. Ballard

I am not the only person who uses his computer mainly for the purpose of diddling with his computer.
-Dave Barry

The word user is the word used by the computer professional when they mean idiot.
-Dave Barry

The sad thing about artificial intelligence is that it lacks artifice and therefore intelligence.
-Jean Baudrillard

Computer science only indicates the retrospective omnipotence of our technologies. In other words, an infinite capacity to process data (but only data -- i.e. the already given) and in no sense a new vision. With that science, we are entering an era of exhaustivity, which is also an era of exhaustion.
-Jean Baudrillard

The most likely way for the world to be destroyed, most experts agree, is by accident. That's where we come in; we're computer professionals. We cause accidents.
-Nathaniel Borenstein

Silicon Valley is like a person running around in front of a steamroller. You can outrun the steamroller on any given day. But if you ever sit down you get squashed.
-Bob Boschert

Reading computer manuals without the hardware is a frustrating as reading sex manuals without the software.
-Arthur C. Clarke

There is never finality in the display terminal's screen, but an irresponsible whimsicality, as words, sentences, and paragraphs are negated at the touch of a key. The significance of the past, as expressed in the manuscript by a deleted word or an inserted correction, is annulled in idle gusts of electronic massacre.
-Alexander Cockburn

If the automobile had followed the same development cycle as the computer, a Rolls-Royce would today cost $100, get one million miles to the gallon, and explode once a year, killing everyone inside.
-Robert X Cringely

It is hardly surprising that children should enthusiastically start their education at an early age with the Absolute Knowledge of computer science; while they are unable to read, for reading demands making judgments at every line. Conversation is almost dead, and soon so too will be those who knew how to speak.
-Guy Debord

The best way to accelerate a Macintosh is at 9.8m/sec/sec.
-Marcus Dolengo

The computer is a moron.
-Peter Drucker

A computer won't clean up the errors in your manual of procedures.
-Sheila M. Eby

The workers and professionals of the world will soon be divided into two distinct groups. Those who will control computers and those who will be controlled by computers. It would be best for you to be in the former group.
-Lewis D. Eigen

I really don't care that I don't have what's current because whatever is at the moment, it will be infinitely better in a few months and even better months later.
-William Fink

The great thing about a computer notebook is that no matter how much you stuff into it, it doesn't get bigger or heavier.
-Bill Gates

I don't think there's anything unique about human intellience. All the nuerons in the brain that make up perceptions and emotions operate in a binary fashion.
-Bill Gates

The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers.
-Sydney J. Harris

Life was simple before World War II. After that, we had systems.
-Grace Murray Hopper

We're flooding people with information. We need to feed it through a processor. A human must turn information into intelligence or knowledge. We've tended to forget that no computer will ever ask a new question.
-Grace Murray Hopper

I only know one person who was able to write a program in ink and have it run the first time. That was Dick Bloch. He drove nearly all of us crazy because he could do that. Since the Mark I was a relay and step counter machine, it was not too difficult to change the circuits. Every once in a while, Dick would get the idea of a new circuit that would make his problem run faster. He'd get together with one of the operators during the night and they would fix the circuit. The next morning my programs wouldn't run. It's much better to have machines that the programers cannot alter.
Commander Aiken was a tough taskmaster. I was sitting at my desk one day, and he said, You're going to write a book. I said, I can't write a book. He said, You're in the Navy now. And so I wrote a book. I have it here with me. This is the Mark I manual.
Howard Aiken always said that one day we would have computers that would fit in a shoe box. I don't t know how he knew that, but he did.
-Grace Murray Hopper

Man is a slow, sloppy and brilliant thinker; the machine is fast, accurate and stupid.
-William M. Kelly

Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.
-John Fitzgerald Kennedy

A distributed system is one in which the failure of a computer you didn't even know existed can render your own computer unusable.
-Leslie Lamport

I have a spelling checker
It came with my PC;
It plainly marks four my revue
Mistakes I cannot sea.
I've run this poem threw it,
I'm sure your pleased too no,
Its letter perfect in its weigh,
My checker tolled me sew.
-Janet Minor

I see no reason why anyone would want a computer in their home.
-Kenneth Olsen

Hardware: the parts of a computer that can be kicked.
-Jeff Pesis

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
-Pablo Picasso

The most overlooked advantage to owning a computer is that if they foul up, there's no law against whacking them around a little.

A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.
-Mitch Ratliffe
There will still be things that machines cannot do. They will not produce great art or great literature or great philosophy; they will not be able to discover the secret springs of happiness in the human heart; they will know nothing of love and friendship.
-Bertrand Russell

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