- Vorsprung durch Technik.
Progress through technology.: Audi motors, from 1986
- We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run.
The Age 31 October 2006 1925–2007 American futurologist: attributed, in
- Science finds, industry applies, man conforms.: subtitle of guidebook to 1933 Chicago World's Fair
- Give me but one firm spot on which to stand, and I will move the earth.
on the action of a lever
c.287–212 bc Greek mathematician and inventor: Pappus Synagoge bk. 8, proposition 10, sect. 11
- The three fundamental Rules of Robotics…One, a robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm…Two…a robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law…three, a robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
I, Robot (1950) ‘Runaround’ 1920–92 Russian-born biochemist and science fiction writer:
- Inanimate objects are classified scientifically into three major categories—those that don't work, those that break down, and those that get lost.
New York Times 18 June 1968 1925– American journalist and columnist: in
- I am a sundial, and I make a botch
Of what is done much better by a watch.
1870–1953 British poet, essayist, historian, novelist, and Liberal politician: ‘On a Sundial’ (1938)
- I sell here, Sir, what all the world desires to have—power.
speaking to Boswell of his engineering works
Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) 22 March 1776 1728–1809 British engineer: James Boswell
- Man is a tool-using animal…Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.
Sartor Resartus (1834) bk. 1, ch. 5 1795–1881 Scottish historian and political philosopher:
- Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Profiles of the Future (1962) ch. 2 1917–2008 English science fiction writer:
- The first rule of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts.
Saturday Review 5 June 1971 1932– American biologist: in
- For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.
Rogers Commission Report on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident 6 June 1986 1918–88 American theoretical physicist: appendix to the
- Technology…the knack of so arranging the world that we need not experience it.
Homo Faber (1957) pt. 2 1911–91 Swiss novelist and dramatist:
- One technology doesn’t replace another, it complements. Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators. 1957– English comedian, actor, and writer: tweet, 11 March 2009
- Technology happens. It's not good, it's not bad. Is steel good or bad?
Time 29 December 1997 1936–2016 Hungarian-born American businessman: in
- The thing with high-tech is that you always end up using scissors.
Observer 10 July 1994 1937– British artist: in
- This is not the age of pamphleteers. It is the age of the engineers. The spark-gap is mightier than the pen.
Science for the Citizen (1938); see Bulwer-Lytton 1895–1975 English scientist:
- One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
Thousand and One Epigrams (1911) 1859–1915 American writer:
- In an abundant society where people have laptops, cell phones, iPods and minds like empty rooms, I still plod along with books.
O, The Oprah Magazine July 2006 1926–2016 American novelist: in
- People don’t want to buy a quarter-inch drill. They want a quarter-inch hole.
The Innovator's Solution (2003) ch. 3 1925–2006 American economist: Clayton M. Christensen and Michael E. Raynor
- The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village.
The Gutenberg Galaxy (1962) 1911–80 Canadian communications scholar:
- When this circuit learns your job, what are you going to do?
The Medium is the Massage (1967) 1911–80 Canadian communications scholar:
- The medium is the message.
Understanding Media (1964) ch. 1 (title) 1911–80 Canadian communications scholar:
- It is questionable if all the mechanical inventions yet made have lightened the day's toil of any human being.
Principles of Political Economy (1848) bk. 4, ch. 6 1806–73 English philosopher and economist:
- When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and you argue about what to do about it only after you have had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.
In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer, USAEC Transcript of Hearing Before Personnel Security Board (1954) 1904–67 American physicist: in
- One of the universal rules of happiness is: always be wary of any helpful item that weighs less than its operating manual.
Jingo (1997) 1948–2015 English fantasy writer:
- Machines are worshipped because they are beautiful, and valued because they confer power; they are hated because they are hideous, and loathed because they impose slavery.
Sceptical Essays (1928) ‘Machines and Emotions’ 1872–1970 British philosopher and mathematician:
- I have the credit of being the inventor of the locomotive. It is true that I have done something to improve the action of steam for that purpose, but I tell you, young man, I shall not live to see it, but you may, when electricity will be the great motive power of the world.
said to the writer by Stephenson on a visit to R. W. Swinburne and Co, Newcastle on Tyne, in 1847
Times 12 April 1904 1781–1848 English engineer: letter from G. C. W.,
- We are eager to tunnel under the Atlantic and bring the old world some weeks nearer to the new; but perchance the first news that will leak through into the broad, flapping American ear will be that the Princess Adelaide has the whooping cough.
on the value of the imminent transatlantic telegraph cable
Walden (1854) ‘Economy’ 1817–62 American writer:
- The things I want to show are mechanical. Machines have less problems. I'd like to be a machine, wouldn't you?
Andy Warhol: In His Own Words (1991) 1927–87 American artist: Mike Wrenn
- The Britain that is going to be forged in the white heat of this revolution will be no place for restrictive practices or for outdated methods on either side of industry.
often quoted as, ‘the white heat of technology’ 1916–95 British Labour statesman, Prime Minister 1964–70, 1974–6: speech at the Labour Party Conference, 1 October 1963