I’m left laughing by many of these quotes Nathan Jurgenson collected on Cyborgology. Some of them have the effect of a Pan-Galatic Gargle Blaster.
Just some of my favorite quotes from what I read this past week on tech&society:
- “If your kid comes out of the bedroom and says he just shut down the government, he should have an outfit for that”
- “As people become brands, we expect not friendship from them but customer service”
- “I’m left wondering why we’re typing so breathlessly, like we’re all skydiving into prom”
- “Are 3D printers ontological white holes that produce reality from their printer heads?”
- “My mental map was no match for the crisp precision of the iPhone’s…being in that place meant something different”
- “TED is an insatiable kingpin of international meme laundering”
- “The horrendous ramifications for privacy are obvious…yet they have not deterred anyone from using social media”
- “drones are the most anthropomorphized of killing machines…so easily endowed with human subjectivity”
- “the Amish are paradigmatically modern in that they have made the need to think about technology a defining feature of their culture”
- “he also showed a prototype robot armpit that’s humanlike as all-get-out“
Some of them are deliciously paradoxical. Full sources are available in the original post.