Over the past three to four decades there has been many trillions of dollars spent on technology. Unfortunately there has not been the same investment in sociology. Friday Filosophy #2016-17 offers some timely quotes on technology.
It has become appallingly obvious that our technology exceeded our humanity.
The number one benefit of information technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive. It lets people learn things they didn’t think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all about potential.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
If someone tells you that you have a lot of potential when you are sixteen that is a complement. If that some someone tells you that you have a lot of potential at sixty six you have to ask what you have done for the past fifty years.
Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Arthur C. Clarke
Technology… is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other.
Our technological powers increase, but the side effects and potential hazards escalate.
The internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life.
Men have become the tools of their tools.
Henry David Thoreau
The time is now.