I am a futurist, and I am actually pretty good at it, as I am old enough now to know that the things that make me happiest are always surprises. I’ve had a bunch of people work on robots for my entire adult lifetime. I have a robot in my basement, and he is my best pal. I know what he smells like. I am not surprised by him. And I don’t jump up and down for joy because I have a commercial robot in the basement of my lab. It is just reality. What really interests me and surprises me is stuff that’s completely off the wall.
Advanced technology is not always going to seem good the first time, it’s like clouds and silver lining: every silver lining has a cloud. I am a guy in a computerised generation. I know it is not going to be perfect. A tree is not going to grow to the sky. But something else is going to happen.
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We waste so many days waiting for weekend. So many nights wanting morning. Our lust for future comfort is the biggest thief of life.
“The electric light did not come from the continuous improvement of candles.”
The future is an accident. It’s an accident because you explore. You have to go through with a machete and just hack away and find it. You can’t see it — you just have to go somewhere you haven’t been before. It’s not even about being so far into the future; it’s “How do you say what people want to hear next?” I’m always listening to what the younger kids are doing. The most inspiring stuff is what you find young kids doing online. It’s so raw. It’s, like, the singularity, the way children are interfacing with different technologies so seamlessly. I was in South Africa and went to this township, and the kids there had really cheap smartphones, and they could still build a window into another world, then adapt that to their culture. Some kids had D.J. gear in a little shack, and they were making this hack between house and African, like African house. Kids! Like, 8 years old. That’s where I’m getting ideas. — Skrillex
“I don’t think the imagination is subject to efficiency,” Atwood says. “If anything, daydreaming is very useful for it. In fact, daydreaming is very useful for any kind of productivity because it creates a blank space and allows the mind to come into that. So what people seem to need most coaching about in the area of creativity is not ‘optimizing’ their imaginations—it’s their confidence. And that’s because we’ve been brainwashed into thinking that we are all specialists of some kind, and that you can’t really be a writer unless you’ve got something like a master’s degree. Obviously, we want dentists to be trained, but writing is human storytelling and everybody does it.
“So the problems in creativity are not how do we get humans to be more creative—people are more creative. It’s how creative people can actually make a living doing what they do in an economy such as ours that values money above all else. What is the price, the money value, of John Keats’s ‘Ode To A Nightingale,’ apart from the manuscript, just the poem itself, what is its value? There isn’t one. Because it’s not in that economy.”
“There is no expedient to which man will not resort to evade the real labor of thinking.” — Sir Joshua Reynolds.
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“The truth isn’t the truth until people believe you, and they can’t believe you if they don’t know what you’re saying, and they can’t know what you’re saying if they don’t listen to you, and they won’t listen to you if you’re not interesting, and you won’t be interesting unless you say things imaginatively, originally, freshly.”
We are on the edge of change comparable to the rise of human life on Earth. — Vernor Vinge
“Vision without execution is hallucination.” -Walter Isaacson
“The problems about making predictions about the future is that you have to be so bold and so outrageous that people would fail by completely underestimating the world of the future.” – Arthur C. Clarke
“You can trick to click but you can’t trick to share.” -Mikala Bierma, Buzzfeed on writing headlines
“You’ve already ridden in a driverless car. Uber’s prototype uses humans for now.” -Nick Parris, Contagious Magazine
“I have no fear about future humans with augmented brains being able to sort through massive amounts of data.” – Jason Scott, Internet Archive
“The future always arrives too fast — and in the wrong order.” -Alvin Toffler
A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.
-George S. Patton