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Science and technology multiply around us. To an increasing extent they dictate the languages in which we speak and think. Either we use those languages, or we remain mute.

Author: J. G. Ballard (1930)

Profession: British Author

Technology has advanced more in the last thirty years than in the previous two thousand. The exponential increase in advancement will only continue. Anthropological Commentary The opposite of a trivial truth is false; the opposite of a great truth is also true.

Author: Niels Bohr (1885-1962)

Profession: Danish Physicist

Once a new technology rolls over you, if you're not part of the steamroller, you're part of the road.

Author: Stewart Brand (1938)

Profession: American Editor, Writer

When we can drain the Ocean into mill-ponds, and bottle up the Force of Gravity, to be sold by retail, in gas jars; then may we hope to comprehend the infinitudes of man's soul under formulas of Profit and Loss; and rule over this too, as over a patent engine, by checks, and valves, and balances.

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author

We are always talking about being together, and yet whatever we invent destroys the family, and makes us wild, touchless beasts feeding on technicolor prairies and rivers.

Author: Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977)

Profession: American Author, Critic

If we had a reliable way to label our toys good and bad, it would be easy to regulate technology wisely. But we can rarely see far enough ahead to know which road leads to damnation. Whoever concerns himself with big technology, either to push it forward or to stop it, is gambling in human lives.

Author: Freeman Dyson (1923)

Profession: British-born American Physicist, Author

Technological progress is like an ax in the hands of a pathological criminal.

Author: Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Profession: German-born American Physicist

Technology... the knack of so arranging the world that we don't have to experience it.

Author: Max Frisch (1911-1991)

Profession: Swiss Playwright, Novelist

I claim that in losing the spinning wheel we lost our left lung. We are, therefore, suffering from galloping consumption. The restoration of the wheel arrests the progress of the fell disease.

Author: Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

Profession: Indian Political, Spiritual Leader

If there is technological advance without social advance, there is, almost automatically, an increase in human misery, in impoverishment.

Author: Michael Harrington

Profession:

Where there is the necessary technical skill to move mountains, there is no need for the faith that moves mountains.

Author: Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)

Profession: American Author, Philosopher

Space-ships and time machines are no escape from the human condition. Let Othello subject Desdemona to a lie-detector test; his jealousy will still blind him to the evidence. Let Oedipus triumph over gravity; he won't triumph over his fate.

Author: Arthur Koestler (1905-1983)

Profession: Hungarian Born British Writer

Persons grouped around a fire or candle for warmth or light are less able to pursue independent thoughts, or even tasks, than people supplied with electric light. In the same way, the social and educational patterns latent in automation are those of self-employment and artistic autonomy.

Author: Marshall Mcluhan (1911-1980)

Profession: Canadian Communications Theorist

However far modern science and techniques have fallen short of their inherent possibilities, they have taught mankind at least one lesson: Nothing is impossible.

Author: Lewis Mumford (1895-1990)

Profession: American Social Philosopher

By his very success in inventing labor-saving devices, modern man has manufactured an abyss of boredom that only the privileged classes in earlier civilizations have ever fathomed.

Author: Lewis Mumford (1895-1990)

Profession: American Social Philosopher