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The central paradox of the machines that have made our lives so much brighter, quicker, longer and healthier is that read more

The central paradox of the machines that have made our lives so much brighter, quicker, longer and healthier is that they cannot teach us how to make the best use of them; the information revolution came without an instruction manual.

by Pico Iyer Found in: Machines Quotes,
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Our body is a machine for living. It is organized for that, it is its nature. Let life go on read more

Our body is a machine for living. It is organized for that, it is its nature. Let life go on in it unhindered and let it defend itself, it will do more than if you paralyze it by encumbering it with remedies.

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The system of nature, of which man is a part, tends to be self-balancing, self-adjusting, self-cleansing. Not so with technology.

The system of nature, of which man is a part, tends to be self-balancing, self-adjusting, self-cleansing. Not so with technology.

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The research rat of the future allows experimentation without manipulation of the real world. This is the cutting edge of read more

The research rat of the future allows experimentation without manipulation of the real world. This is the cutting edge of modeling technology.

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What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a read more

What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.

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I believe that the science of chemistry alone almost proves the existence of an intelligent creator.

I believe that the science of chemistry alone almost proves the existence of an intelligent creator.

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When a machine begins to run without human aid, it is time to scrap it - whether it be a read more

When a machine begins to run without human aid, it is time to scrap it - whether it be a factory or a government

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I never pick up an item without thinking of how I might improve it. I never perfected an invention that read more

I never pick up an item without thinking of how I might improve it. I never perfected an invention that I did not think about in terms of the service it might give others. I want to save and advance human life, not destroy it. I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill. The dove is my emblem.

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The cell phone has transformed public places into giant phone-a-thons in which callers exist within narcissistic cocoons of private conversations. read more

The cell phone has transformed public places into giant phone-a-thons in which callers exist within narcissistic cocoons of private conversations. Like faxes, computer modems and other modern gadgets that have clogged out lives with phony urgency, cell phones represent the 20th Century's escalation of imaginary need. We didn't need cell phones until we had them. Clearly, cell phones cause not only a breakdown of courtesy, but the atrophy of basic skills.

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