Computers Quotes

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.

— Emo Philips

Computers are like Old Testament gods lots of rules and no mercy.

— Joseph Campbell

I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We’ve created life in our own image.

— Stephen Hawking

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.

— Pablo Picasso

I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we’ve ever created. They’re tools of communication, they’re tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.

— Bill Gates

Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don’t need to be done.

— Andy Rooney

Computers are magnificent tools for the realization of our dreams, but no machine can replace the human spark of spirit, compassion, love, and understanding.

— Louis Gerstner

Security is, I would say, our top priority because for all the exciting things you will be able to do with computers – organizing your lives, staying in touch with people, being creative – if we don’t solve these security problems, then people will hold back.

— Bill Gates

I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.

— Isaac Asimov

Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest.

— Isaac Asimov

The new information technology… Internet and e-mail… have practically eliminated the physical costs of communications.

— Peter Drucker

Personally, I rather look forward to a computer program winning the world chess championship. Humanity needs a lesson in humility.

— Richard Dawkins

Computers may save time but they sure waste a lot of paper. About 98 percent of everything printed out by a computer is garbage that no one ever reads.

— Andy Rooney

A wonderful thing about a book, in contrast to a computer screen, is that you can take it to bed with you.

— Daniel J. Boorstin

Never trust a computer you can’t throw out a window.

— Steve Wozniak

The computer is a moron.

— Peter Drucker

Treat your password like your toothbrush. Don’t let anybody else use it, and get a new one every six months.

— Clifford Stoll

I am thankful the most important key in history was invented. It’s not the key to your house, your car, your boat, your safety deposit box, your bike lock or your private community. It’s the key to order, sanity, and peace of mind. The key is ‘Delete.’

— Elayne Boosler

The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers.

— Sydney J. Harris

To err is human – and to blame it on a computer is even more so.

— Robert Orben

Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog.

— Doug Larson

I am not the only person who uses his computer mainly for the purpose of diddling with his computer.

— Dave Barry

The Internet: transforming society and shaping the future through chat.

— Dave Barry

The basis of computer work is predicated on the idea that only the brain makes decisions and only the index finger does the work.

— Brian Eno

Think? Why think! We have computers to do that for us.

— Jean Rostand

No one ever said on their deathbed, ‘Gee, I wish I had spent more time alone with my computer’.

— Danielle Berry

I was afraid of the internet… because I couldn’t type.

— Jack Welch

It’s hardware that makes a machine fast. It’s software that makes a fast machine slow.

— Craig Bruce

Many of our own people here in this country do not ask about computers, telephones and television sets. They ask – when will we get a road to our village.

— Thabo Mbeki

It’s been my policy to view the Internet not as an ‘information highway,’ but as an electronic asylum filled with babbling loonies.

— Mike Royko

Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.

— Edsger Dijkstra

Man, I don’t want to have nothing to do with computers. I don’t want the government in my business.

— Erykah Badu

Computing is not about computers any more. It is about living.

— Nicholas Negroponte

Reading computer manuals without the hardware is as frustrating as reading manuals without the software.

— Arthur C. Clarke

To err is human but to really foul up requires a computer.

— Dan Rather

In the practical world of computing, it is rather uncommon that a program, once it performs correctly and satisfactorily, remains unchanged forever.

— Niklaus Wirth

Because I believe that humans are computers, I conjectured that computers, like people, can have left- and right-handed versions.

— Philip Emeagwali

People think computers will keep them from making mistakes. They’re wrong. With computers you make mistakes faster.

— Adam Osborne

Computers are famous for being able to do complicated things starting from simple programs.

— Seth Lloyd

I wouldn’t know how to find eBay on the computer if my life depended on it.

— Marc Jacobs

Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Inc, which set the computing world on its ear with the Macintosh in 1984.

— Kevin Mitnick

We’re entering a new world in which data may be more important than software.

— Tim O’Reilly

Shareware tends to combine the worst of commercial software with the worst of free software.

— Linus Torvalds

I happen to think that computers are the most important thing to happen to musicians since the invention of cat-gut which was a long time ago.

— Robert Moog

The power of the computer is starting to spread.

— Bill Budge

One of the most feared expressions in modern times is ‘The computer is down.’

— Norman Ralph Augustine

Access to computers and the Internet has become a basic need for education in our society.

— Kent Conrad

If you could utilize the resources of the end users’ computers, you could do things much more efficiently.

— Niklas Zennstrom

In computing, turning the obvious into the useful is a living definition of the word ‘frustration’.

— Alan Perlis

Nanotechnology will let us build computers that are incredibly powerful. We’ll have more power in the volume of a sugar cube than exists in the entire world today.

— Ralph Merkle

What I was proud of was that I used very few parts to build a computer that could actually speak words on a screen and type words on a keyboard and run a programming language that could play games. And I did all this myself.

— Steve Wozniak

You couldn’t have fed the ’50s into a computer and come out with the ’60s.

— Paul Kantner

If you like overheads, you’ll love PowerPoint.

— Edward Tufte

Modern people are only willing to believe in their computers, while I believe in myself.

— Alain Robert

The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim.

— Edsger Dijkstra

Computers have virtually replaced tape recorders.

— Tony Visconti

The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do. The bad news is that they do what you tell them to do.

— Ted Nelson

We can do things that we never could before. Stop-motion lets you build tiny little worlds, and computers make that world even more believable.

— Nick Park

If your computer speaks English, it was probably made in Japan.

— Alan Perlis

I just became one with my browser software.

— Bill Griffith

Computers in classrooms are the filmstrips of the 1990s.

— Clifford Stoll

When I write software, I know that it will fail, either due to my own mistake, or due to some other cause.

— Wietse Venema

Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining.

— Jef Raskin

I started on an Apple II, which I had bought at the very end of 1978 for half of my annual income. I made $4,500 a year, and I spent half of it on the computer.

— Bill Budge

The only legitimate use of a computer is to play games.

— Eugene Jarvis

Every piece of software written today is likely going to infringe on someone else’s patent.

— Miguel de Icaza

Even in the developing parts of the world, kids take to computers like fish to water.

— Nicholas Negroponte

There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.

— Ken Olsen

To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer.

— Paul R. Ehrlich

Gee, I am a complete Luddite when it comes to computers, I can barely log on!

— Jonathan Shapiro

You can’t trust the internet.

— Nicolette Sheridan

I got up with my wife, I sat down at the computer when she went to work, and I didn’t stop until she got home.

— George Stephen

The Internet is not just one thing, it’s a collection of things – of numerous communications networks that all speak the same digital language.

— Jim Clark

Even when I work with computers, with high technology, I always try to put in the touch of the hand.

— Issey Miyake

Bill Gates is the pope of the personal computer industry. He decides who’s going to build.

— Larry Ellison

I am regularly asked what the average Internet user can do to ensure his security. My first answer is usually ‘Nothing you’re screwed’.

— Bruce Schneier

Yet in this global economy, no jobs are safe. High-speed Internet connections and low-cost, skilled labor overseas are an explosive combination.

— Bob Taft

The future lies in designing and selling computers that people don’t realize are computers at all.

— Adam Osborne

I do two things. I design mobile computers and I study brains.

— Jeff Hawkins

The Internet is a powerful way to make lots of money… But we are not going to buy Yahoo!

— Sumner Redstone

Supercomputers will achieve one human brain capacity by 2010, and personal computers will do so by about 2020.

— Ray Kurzweil

I’m too old-fashioned to use a computer. I’m too old-fashioned to use a quill.

— Christopher Plummer

What do we want our kids to do? Sweep up around Japanese computers?

— Walter F. Mondale

Right now, computers, which are supposed to be our servant, are oppressing us.

— Jef Raskin

I got interested in computers and how they could be enslaved to the megalomaniac impulses of a teenager.

— Eugene Jarvis

What I try to do is factor in how people use computers, what people’s problems are, and how these technologies can get applied to those problems. Then I try to direct the various product groups to act on this information.

— John Warnock

We demand privacy, yet we glorify those that break into computers.

— Bill McCollum

Software comes from heaven when you have good hardware.

— Ken Olsen

I’m a ’70s mom, and my daughter is a ’90s mom. I know a lot of women my age who are real computer freaks.

— Florence Henderson

The digital revolution is far more significant than the invention of writing or even of printing.

— Douglas Engelbart

The internet is not for sissies.

— Paul Vixie

If net neutrality goes away, it will fundamentally change everything about the Internet.

— James Hilton

I’ve tried word processors, but I think I’m too old a dog to use one.

— Dee Brown

As a rule, software systems do not work well until they have been used, and have failed repeatedly, in real applications.

— Dave Parnas

What we did not imagine was a Web of people, but a Web of documents.

— Dale Dougherty

Computers make me totally blank out.

— Dalai Lama

Computers themselves, and software yet to be developed, will revolutionize the way we learn.

— Steve Jobs

We’re going to be able to ask our computers to monitor things for us, and when certain conditions happen, are triggered, the computers will take certain actions and inform us after the fact.

— Steve Jobs

This is what customers pay us for – to sweat all these details so it’s easy and pleasant for them to use our computers. We’re supposed to be really good at this. That doesn’t mean we don’t listen to customers, but it’s hard for them to tell you what they want when they’ve never seen anything remotely like it.

— Steve Jobs

I just think people have a lot of fiction. But, you know, I mean, the real story of Facebook is just that we’ve worked so hard for all this time. I mean, the real story is actually probably pretty boring, right? I mean, we just sat at our computers for six years and coded.

— Mark Zuckerberg

Few companies that installed computers to reduce the employment of clerks have realized their expectations… They now need more, and more expensive clerks even though they call them ‘operators’ or ‘programmers.’

— Peter Drucker

There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.

— Stephen Hawking

There is a computer disease that anybody who works with computers knows about. It’s a very serious disease and it interferes completely with the work. The trouble with computers is that you ‘play’ with them!

— Richard P. Feynman

There is a real danger that computers will develop intelligence and take over. We urgently need to develop direct connections to the brain so that computers can add to human intelligence rather than be in opposition.

— Stephen Hawking

Globalization, as defined by rich people like us, is a very nice thing… you are talking about the Internet, you are talking about cell phones, you are talking about computers. This doesn’t affect two-thirds of the people of the world.

— Jimmy Carter

Computers and the Internet have made it really easy to rant. It’s made everyone overly opinionated.

— Scott Weiland

The real story of Facebook is just that we’ve worked so hard for all this time. I mean, the real story is actually probably pretty boring, right? I mean, we just sat at our computers for six years and coded.

— Mark Zuckerberg

Sci-fi films are the epic films of the day because we can no longer put 10,000 extras in the scene – but we can draw thousands of aliens with computers.

— William Shatner

Don’t try to be like Jackie. There is only one Jackie. Study computers instead.

— Jackie Chan

I’m interested in all kinds of pictures, however they are made, with cameras, with paint brushes, with computers, with anything.

— David Hockney

That’s what happens nowadays with people working on computers. They can so easily fix things with their mouse and take out all the, ‘Oh, somebody coughed in the background we need to take that out’ – or somebody hit a bad note. Those are all the best moments.

— Jack White

Google is working on self-driving cars, and they seem to work. People are so bad at driving cars that computers don’t have to be that good to be much better.

— Marc Andreessen

We’re getting so pulled in by computers and technology, and our kids have their face in the computers all day. The human relationship is being diminished by this.

— Lenny Kravitz

I have a crazy amount of different jobs, so the way I manage that is to not do more than one at a time. It’s like old computers that had small memory chips, they would do something called swapping, where they would fill the memory with one task, do it and get it out.

— Louis C. K.

Electronic aids, particularly domestic computers, will help the inner migration, the opting out of reality. Reality is no longer going to be the stuff out there, but the stuff inside your head. It’s going to be commercial and nasty at the same time.

— J. G. Ballard

People are so bad at driving cars that computers don’t have to be that good to be much better. Any time you stand in line at the D.M.V. and look around, you’re like, Oh, my God, I wish all these people were replaced by computer drivers.

— Marc Andreessen

Technology is like water it wants to find its level. So if you hook up your computer to a billion other computers, it just makes sense that a tremendous share of the resources you want to use – not only text or media but processing power too – will be located remotely.

— Marc Andreessen

It was used for decades to describe talented computer enthusiasts, people whose skill at using computers to solve technical problems and puzzles was – and is – respected and admired by others possessing similar technical skills.

— Kevin Mitnick

Why does everyone think the future is space helmets, silver foil, and talking like computers, like a bad episode of Star Trek?

— Tracey Ullman

I understand that computers, which I once believed to be but a hermaphrodite typewriter-cum-filing cabinet, offer the cyber literate increased ability to communicate. I do not think this is altogether a bad thing, however it may appear on the surface.

— David Mamet

You have riches and freedom here but I feel no sense of faith or direction. You have so many computers, why don’t you use them in the search for love?

— Lech Walesa

I use many different gadgets connected with computers I use PCs, laptops and a Palm Pilot. I also use the Internet to visit websites, especially within Polish-language Internet. I usually go to political discussion groups and sites – of course, as I use my real name, people never believe that they are chatting with me!

— Lech Walesa

I’m not afraid of computers taking over the world.

— Thom Yorke

I don’t know anything about computers.

— Adam Carolla

I get hired to hack into computers now and sometimes it’s actually easier than it was years ago.

— Kevin Mitnick

Beatbullying’s ‘The Big March 2012’ is such a brilliant campaign and I am very proud to be a part of it. I have been a victim of cyber bullying myself and I know firsthand just how hurtful it can be. People think that they can hide behind computers and send nasty and hurtful comments to people, and this is wrong.

— Katherine Jenkins

Today, computers are almost second nature to most of us.

— James Dyson

I’ve always been at the intersection of computers and whatever they can revolutionize.

— Jeff Bezos

In the past, missionaries have traveled to far countries with the message of the gospel – with great hardship and often with the loss of life. In contrast, we can reach millions instantly from the comfort of our homes by merely hitting the ‘send’ button on our computers, or with iPads, or phones.

— Ray Comfort

Keep in mind that there are computers, that do touch things up. Like when I got a hold of the poster for ‘Gold Diggers,’ I said: ‘Hey, wait a minute! Those aren’t my teeth!’

— Anna Chlumsky

It always helps to be a good programmer. It is important to like computers and to be able to think of things people would want to do with their computers.

— Bill Budge

The technological revolution at home makes it much easier for computers to do our work.

— Fareed Zakaria

I wish people would turn off their computers, go outside, talk to people, touch people, lick people, enjoy each other’s company and smell each other on the rump.

— Tre Cool

The Semantic Web is not a separate Web but an extension of the current one, in which information is given well-defined meaning, better enabling computers and people to work in cooperation.

— Tim Berners-Lee

We could say we want the Web to reflect a vision of the world where everything is done democratically. To do that, we get computers to talk with each other in such a way as to promote that ideal.

— Tim Berners-Lee

It appears that the media filters we carry in our heads are like computers: they’ve been forced to get faster in order to keep up with the demands our high-speed society puts on them.

— Roy H. Williams

Musicians and journalists are the canaries in the coalmine, but, eventually, as computers get more and more powerful, it will kill off all middle-class professions.

— Jaron Lanier

I am of the very last generation who didn’t have computers at school. As we grow old we’ll become something of an aberration.

— Steve Coogan

Our lives sometimes depend on computers performing as predicted.

— Philip Emeagwali

The only thing I do on a computer is play Texas Hold ‘Em, really. Obviously my cell phone is a computer. My car is a computer. I’m on computers every day without actively seeking them out.

— John Hawkes

The next major explosion is going to be when genetics and computers come together. I’m talking about an organic computer – about biological substances that can function like a semiconductor.

— Alvin Toffler

I look like a geeky hacker, but I don’t know anything about computers.

— Justin Long

Yeah, computers are going to take over the programming business because they have become so fast recently that they can solve the Halting Problem in five seconds flat.

— Craig Bruce

I think I thought it would be important for electronics as we knew it then, but that was a much simpler business and electronics was mostly radio and television and the first computers.

— Jack Kilby

When I launched the development of the GNU system, I explicitly said the purpose of developing this system is so we can use our computers and have freedom, thus if you use some other free system instead but you have freedom, then it’s a success. It’s not popularity for our code but it’s success for our goal.

— Richard Stallman

The great advance of personal computers was not the computing power per se but the fact that it brought it right to your face, that you had control over it, that were confronted with it and could steer it.

— Kevin Kelly

I’m a very simple person. I don’t use computers.

— Carrie-Anne Moss

With our work at Kazaa, we began seeing growing broadband connections and more powerful computers and more streaming multimedia, and we saw that the traditional way of communicating by phone no longer made a lot of sense.

— Niklas Zennstrom

When I’m not writing or tweaking my computer, I do embroidery. When I’m not plunging into the past, tweaking, or embroidering, I’m reading books about history, computers, or embroidery.

— Lynn Abbey

There’s all these ways to instantly communicate – cars, computers, telephone and transportation – and even with all that, it’s so hard to find people and have an honest communication with them.

— Jason Schwartzman

I’m really anti-option, so computers have been my nightmare with recording. I don’t want endless tracks I want less tracks. I want decisions to be made.

— Ian MacKaye

I was a ‘Duck Hunt’ and ‘Mario’ guy, and stuff like that. I was never technologically driven. I never had all the cool, new toys. I was the youngest child, I wasn’t the only child, so I wasn’t spoiled as a kid. And, we were on the farm, so we didn’t have a lot. Also, with computers, I’m not very good with them. I just check my email.

— Garrett Hedlund

We’re just into toys, whether it’s motorcycles or race cars or computers. I’ve got the Palm Pilot right here with me, I’ve got the world’s smallest phone. Maybe it’s just because I’m still a big little kid and I just love toys, you know?

— Catherine Bell

Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can’t be good for you.

— Prince

My whole life had been designing computers I could never build.

— Steve Wozniak

At our computer club, we talked about it being a revolution. Computers were going to belong to everyone, and give us power, and free us from the people who owned computers and all that stuff.

— Steve Wozniak

My goal wasn’t to make a ton of money. It was to build good computers.

— Steve Wozniak

We’ve lost touch and allowed technology to take precedence over organic nature. But let’s not forget that those microchips in our computers came from elements of the earth.

— Emilio Estevez

When I grew up we had gym at school, two or three dance classes after school, ice skating lessons, and all sorts of sports at our finger tips. We weren’t glued to computers because they didn’t exist, so being active was all we knew.

— Lisa Loeb

In fact, technology has been the story of human progress from as long back as we know. In 100 years people will look back on now and say, ‘That was the Internet Age.’ And computers will be seen as a mere ingredient to the Internet Age.

— Reed Hastings

Kids today are smarter than we ever were. And they’ve got computers, too, which is awesome. They’re scary to me.

— David Arquette

A lot of journalists like to suck up to celebrities, and then as soon as they’re a safe distance away at their computers, they take shots. But that’s the way society has become, especially in pop culture.

— Scott Weiland

I take computers practically apart and put them back together. I have a supercomputer I built over the years out of different computers.

— Jared Leto

I’m projecting somewhere between 100 million and 200 million computers on the Net by the end of December 2000, and about 300 million users by that same time.

— Vinton Cerf

I know so many people who actually just watch television on their computers now and don’t even really watch their TV anymore.

— Busy Philipps

You can involve yourself in electronics, computers, puzzles… there’s a lot of creativity and brain working. There’s a lot to model trains that people don’t realize.

— Gary Coleman

Man-made computers are limited in their performance by finite processing speed and memory. So, too, the cosmic computer is limited in power by its age and the finite speed of light.

— Paul Davies

From cell phones to computers, quality is improving and costs are shrinking as companies fight to offer the public the best product at the best price. But this philosophy is sadly missing from our health-care insurance system.

— John Shadegg

I think we are at the very beginning of high changes, not only in terms of digital film, but in the way the movies will be screened, whether they’ll be screened on phones, on computers – on everything.

— Michel Hazanavicius

You have to wait for people to program you. The only difference is the amount of people that you’re going to reach but that’s going to even out in the next two or three years anyway. Computers are being bought faster than televisions right now.

— Chuck D.

To me, there is something superbly symbolic in the fact that an astronaut, sent up as assistant to a series of computers, found that he worked more accurately and more intelligently than they. Inside the capsule, man is still in charge.

— Adlai Stevenson

One of the problems with computers, particularly for the older people, is they were befuddled by them, and the computers have gotten better. They have gotten easier to use. They have gotten less expensive. The software interfaces have made things a lot more accessible.

— Steve Case

One of the biggest challenges we had in the first decade was not that many people had personal computers. There weren’t that many people to sell to, and it was hard to identify them.

— Steve Case

Most of the musicians that I know almost to the man everybody uses Apple computers. They’ve thought of the steps that you’re going to think of when you’re trying to create your thing. And that’s where the tools get invented to make better art.

— Mike Shinoda

If the machines can take the drudgery out of it and just leave us with the joy of drawing, then that’s the best of both worlds – and I’ll use those computers!

— Don Bluth

The ownership of computers in the home is far less than the statistics show, because usually when the computer breaks down once, that is the end of it for a long, long time. They do not have the money or incentive to get the computer repaired.

— Major Owens

People assume that computers will do everything that humans do. Not good. People are different from each other and they are all really different from computers.

— Eric Schmidt

Your car should drive itself. It’s amazing to me that we let humans drive cars… It’s a bug that cars were invented before computers.

— Eric Schmidt

Computers, like automobiles and airplanes, do only what people tell them to do.

— Bill James

I’ve never had Internet access. Actually, I have looked at things on other people’s computers as a bystander. A few times in my life I’ve opened email accounts, twice actually, but it’s something I don’t want in my life right now.

— Jhumpa Lahiri

It was a huge challenge to learn digital painting well enough so that computers don’t pop into mind when one sees one.

— Berkeley Breathed

The trick with computers I think, is to approach old and new things with the same reverence as you would like your favourite chair and not be seduced by the constant innovation otherwise you never do anything.

— Colin Greenwood

It’s interesting to see what people are saying about me. I like keep up with the latest rumors! A while back there was a rumor that I was going to do a film with Demi Moore about the takeover of Commodore computers!

— Warwick Davis

Everyone has this perception that the bloggers, they say horrible things about you and they hide behind their computers where you can’t see them.

— L’Wren Scott

The guy who knows about computers is the last person you want to have creating documentation for people who don’t understand computers.

— Adam Osborne

People who are more than casually interested in computers should have at least some idea of what the underlying hardware is like. Otherwise the programs they write will be pretty weird.

— Donald Knuth

Lighter computers and lighter sensors would let you have more function in a given weight, which is very important if you are launching things into space, and you have to pay by the pound to put things there.

— Ralph Merkle

Every ISP is being attacked, maliciously both from in the United States and outside of the United States, by those who want to invade people’s privacy. But more importantly they want to take control of computers, they want to hack them, they want to steal information.

— Darrell Issa

Computers have become more friendly, understandable, and lots of years and thought have been put into developing software to convince people that they want and need a computer.

— Roberta Williams

I don’t care how big and fast computers are, they’re not as big and fast as the world.

— Herbert Simon

We have an epidemic of sexual predators following our children, whether it be on the computers, whether it be in our public parks, whether it be in the workplace, or even our schools.

— Jon Porter

Well, we didn’t have our original drummer on our last record. And most of that album was not played as a band in the studio. It was mostly the world of computers and overdubs. There was very few things played live or worked out as a band.

— James Iha

But I’m so slow on it because I find it terribly hard writing blind on computers. The computer speaks to me, but it’s just so slow, I’m so terribly slow using it.

— Jack Vance

I continue to meet people who have had their Web pages hijacked, their browsers corrupted, in some cases, their children exposed to inappropriate material from these dangerous programs hidden in their family computers.

— Cliff Stearns

It seems like everything that we see perceived in the brain before we actually use our own eyes, that everything we see is coming through computers or machines and then is being input in our brain cells. So that really worries me.

— Hayao Miyazaki

But computers have changed the world for everyone, so there will be some way of working it out.

— Debbie Harry

The idea that so many kids eat rubbish and sit on computers all day long appals me and getting them into sport is a major way of getting them off computers and leading healthier lives.

— Kirsty Gallacher

Before computers, telephone lines and television connect us, we all share the same air, the same oceans, the same mountains and rivers. We are all equally responsible for protecting them.

— Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Something else has happened with computers.

— Seth Lloyd

What’s happened with society is that we have created these devices, computers, which already can register and process huge amounts of information, which is a significant fraction of the amount of information that human beings themselves, as a species, can process.

— Seth Lloyd

One of the things that is not so good is that a decision was made long ago about the size of an IP address – 32 bits. At the time it was a number much larger than anyone could imagine ever having that many computers but it turned out to be to small.

— Jon Postel

China has legally purchased high performance computers, advanced machine tools, and semiconductor-manufacturing equipment from several American companies.

— Charles Foster Bass

Over the eons I’ve been a fan of, and sucker for, each latest automated system to ‘simplify’ and ‘bring order to’ my life. Very early on this led me to the beautiful-and-doomed Lotus Agenda for my DOS computers, and Actioneer for the early Palm.

— James Fallows

I am a huge supporter for cash for caulkers – which allows people to make improvement for energy efficient in their homes. We should do the same for Americans purchasing appliances and computers and for that matter, new air-conditioner and heating units.

— Harold Ford

While the recent addition of the National Guard providing a support role manning computers and cameras has allowed more Border Patrol agents to work the field, more agents are still needed.

— Timothy Murphy

Comic books aren’t nerdy. You’d have to be an idiot to think computers are nerdy.

— Adam Brody

We’ve been working now with computers and education for 30 years, computers in developing countries for 20 years, and trying to make low-cost machines for 10 years. This is not a sudden turn down the road.

— Nicholas Negroponte

My e-mail address is actually my wife’s e-mail address. I actually hate computers.

— Joe Sakic

People are craving this great progress in electronics, going after computers, the Internet, etc. It’s a giant progress technologically. But they must have a balance of soul, a balance for human beauty. That means art has an important role.

— Mstislav Rostropovich

Computers are scary. They’re nightmares to fix, lose our stuff, and, on occasion, they crash, producing the blue screen of death. Steve Jobs knew this. He knew that computers were bulky and hernia-inducing and Darth Vader black. He understood the value of declarative design.

— Wesley Morris

I like computers. I like the Internet. It’s a tool that can be used. But don’t be misled into thinking that these technologies are anything other than aspects of a degenerate economic system.

— Jerry Brown

And it’s here and it’s ready and we can really revolutionize the way we educate our children with tablet computers, and I’m committed to doing whatever I can to speaking to whomever I can to send this signal – to pound this message home. Now is the time.

— LeVar Burton

I don’t look at computers as opponents. For me it is much more interesting to beat humans.

— Magnus Carlsen

I’ve never been much of a computer guy at least in terms of playing with computers. Actually until I was about 11 I didn’t use a computer for preparing for games at all. I was playing a bit online, was using the chess club mainly. Now, obviously, the computer is an important tool for me preparing for my games.

— Magnus Carlsen

Well, the big products in electronics in the ’50s were radio and television. The first big computers were just beginning to come in and represented the most logical market for us to work in.

— Jack Kilby

Eventually, I believe, current attempts to understand the mind by analogy with man-made computers that can perform superbly some of the same external tasks as conscious beings will be recognized as a gigantic waste of time.

— Thomas Nagel

It is an interesting fact that during my tour I was never allowed access to computers, radios, or anything else that I might damage through curiosity, or perhaps something more sinister.

— Robert B. Laughlin

Video games and computers have become babysitters for kids.

— Taylor Kitsch

People are on their computers more than watching TV, because you can only watch voyeur TV, which is basically what reality shows are, for so long.

— Stephen Root

After a semester or so, my infatuation with computers burnt out as quickly as it had begun.

— Eric Allin Cornell

If I was designing a web site for elementary school children, I might have a much higher percentage of older computers with outdated browsers since keeping up with browser and hardware technology has not traditionally been a strong point of most elementary schools.

— Mike Davidson

I have three brothers and they’re all into computers. They’re all intellects. My mother would pay me a quarter a page to read a book and I couldn’t make 50 cents. I just couldn’t do it.

— Josh Holloway

I am cursed with computers something always goes wrong.

— Carla Bruni

Kids are finding out about the potential for discovery online from other sources many of them have computers at home, for instance, or their friends have them.

— Daniel Greenberg

I realized that I loved using computers to create something, but being an architect just wasn’t going to keep me interested. The idea of a life spent obsessing over bathroom details for an Upper East Side penthouse was pretty depressing.

— Joseph Kosinski

Computers are hierarchical. We have a desktop and hierarchical files which have to mean everything.

— Ted Nelson

They were saying computers deal with numbers. This was absolutely nonsense. Computers deal with arbitrary information of any kind.

— Ted Nelson

Nowadays shots are created in post-production, on computers. It’s not really photography.

— Mary Ellen Mark

People don’t understand computers. Computers are magical boxes that do things. People believe what computers tell them.

— Bruce Schneier

So a more sensible thing it seemed to me was to go to Silicon Valley and be pushing on the technology companies to accelerate the use of audio and music in computers.

— Thomas Dolby

Interactive computers and software will, I think, provide a less costly method of doing some kinds of inquiry, in knowledge acquisition and even reasoning and interaction.

— Roy Romer

We all grew up, our grandmothers and mothers had about three channels to watch, so we watched those soaps and now, a generation has grown up with the Internet and computers and video games.

— Jack Wagner

We can just assume they have much more and powerful, more advanced technology, all the new computers, everything could be much more easier and help them to build much more and many more nuclear weapons.

— Mordechai Vanunu

Well, my wife always says to me, and I think it’s true, it’s very difficult for us to understand the Elizabethan understanding and enjoyment and perception of form as it is to say… it would be for them to understand computers or going to the moon or something.

— Mark Rylance

Diaspora starts about a thousand years from now. Most of human civilisation has moved inside computers essentially, a major branch of our descendants consists of conscious software.

— Greg Egan

Obviously, our children, who have been playing with their computers since the age of five or six, don’t have quite the same brain as those who were brought up on wooden or metal toys, whose brains are certainly atrophied by comparison.

— Claude Vorilhon

When I was in Japan on tour in 2010, I felt like I was 30 years into the future. I love technology and they are so advanced with their phones, computers, everything. I think they had the iPhone way before we did in the U.S. I love gadgets, games, social media and I try to stay ahead on all that stuff, but they get it all first.

— Soulja Boy

Smartphones can relay patients’ data to hospital computers in a continuous stream. Doctors can alter treatment regimens remotely, instead of making patients come in for a visit.

— Charles C. Mann

A smartphone links patients’ bodies and doctors’ computers, which in turn are connected to the Internet, which in turn is connected to any smartphone anywhere. The new devices could put the management of an individual’s internal organs in the hands of every hacker, online scammer, and digital vandal on Earth.

— Charles C. Mann

Computers rather frighten me, because I never did learn to type, so the whole thing seems extraordinarily complicated to me.

— Charles Keating

Originally, I was in both software and in online computing. The first innovation really was sort of at that time that we’re marrying the telephone and the computer so that people wouldn’t have to drive to the computer center. We didn’t have $1,000 computers.

— Sam Wyly

They went back there, looked at all the computers, asked me to come in and tell them what all the computers were for specifically so they knew how to dismantle the network I had been running.

— Sherman Austin

When they were done downloading all the information off each hard drive, they took all the computers, all the literature, and loaded everything into a big white truck and left.

— Sherman Austin

I am interested in computers and technology, and art, photography, and design.

— William Landay

Learning can take place in the backyard if there is a human being there who cares about the child. Before learning computers, children should learn to read first. They should sit around the dinner table and hear what their parents have to say and think.

— Dixie Carter

Computers and electronic music are not the opposite of the warm human music. It’s exactly the same.

— Bill Laswell

And my real enemy is not to hold the specimen sterile, but it’s the lighting. The light is our real enemy. So we have to work with very very poor lighting. But we can increase the light with computers.

— Lennart Nilsson

That’s the new way – with computers, computers, computers. That’s the way we can have the cell survive and get some new information in high resolution. We started about five years ago and, today, I think we have reached the target.

— Lennart Nilsson

I’m looking to evolve the concept of the new renaissance artist, taking the world by storm through the art of public display and demonstration, with technical savvy, using cell phones and computers.

— Perry Farrell

I think I was lucky to come of age in a place and time – the American South in the 1960s and ’70s – when the machine hadn’t completely taken over life. The natural world was still the world, and machines – TV, telephone, cars – were still more or less ancillary, and computers were unheard of in everyday life.

— Ben Fountain

I use computers for email, staying current with my own website as well as finding important information through other websites. I also use it for creating MP3 files of new music I’m working on.

— Clint Black

I started getting into Internet technologies and computers. I wasn’t especially interested in being a musician, but I wound up finding my way back to being interested in music through computers.

— Eric Avery

Equipped with cell phones, beepers, and handheld computers, the ‘conspicuously industrious’ blur the line between home and office by working anytime, anywhere.

— Jo Ann Davis

From computers to information technology to airplanes, it has been America’s unique blend of republican government and free-market capitalism that has allowed us to surpass all other nations in history.

— George Nethercutt

Over and over again, financial experts and wonkish talking heads endeavor to explain these mysterious, ‘toxic’ financial instruments to us lay folk. Over and over, they ignobly fail, because we all know that no one understands credit default obligations and derivatives, except perhaps Mr. Buffett and the computers who created them.

— Richard Dooling

Theaters are always going to be around, and doing fine. With computers and technology, we’re becoming more and more secluded from each other. And the movie theater is one of the last places where we can still gather and experience something together. I don’t think the desire for that magic will ever go away.

— Wolfgang Petersen

Well, I had a lot of help from my father with the soldering and so on, and he was very good at math and was fascinated with computers, and so I was fortunate enough to have a bunch of exposure going all the way back to high school – this was in the 1960s.

— Mitch Kapor

So the thing I realized rather gradually – I must say starting about 20 years ago now that we know about computers and things – there’s a possibility of a more general basis for rules to describe nature.

— Stephen Wolfram

There were no PCs when I started programming on computers.

— Dave Winer

When the first computers started to come in, we tried to digitalize the seismological equipment.

— Frank Press

There has never been an unexpectedly short debugging period in the history of computers.

— Steven Levy

Computers are to design as microwaves are to cooking.

— Milton Glaser

I actually use a computer a lot. I have three computers that I use on a regular basis – one is on my desk top in my Washington office, another is at home, and I have my laptop that I use when I’m travelling.

— Rick Boucher

There’s my education in computers, right there this is the whole thing, everything I took out of a book.

— Howard Aiken

The big question society will have to answer is whether it wants computers thinking like humans.

— David Smith

Today, computers help us making the music. It’s really a tool.

— Yael Naim

When I was 8 or 9, I started using bulletin board systems, which was the precursor to the Internet, where you’d dial into… a shared system and shared computers. I’ve had an email address since the late ’80s, when I was 8 or 9 years old, and then I got on the Internet in ’93 when it was first starting out.

— Aaron Patzer

I was around computers from birth we had one of the first Macs, which came out shortly before I was born, and my dad ran a company that wrote computer operating systems. I don’t think I have any particular technical skills I just got a really large head start.

— Aaron Swartz

I wouldn’t call myself a geek, but I do sometimes teach Mommy and Daddy stuff about computers. And I do watch TV, but only informative programmes like the news and documentaries.

— Adora Svitak

In computing, turning the obvious into the useful is a living definition of the word ‘frustration’.

— Alan Perlis

If your computer speaks English, it was probably made in Japan.

— Alan Perlis

Economics pretends to be a science. Its practitioners fill blackboards with equations and clog computers with data. But it is really a faith, or more accurately a set of overlapping and squabbling faiths, each with its own doctrines.

— Alex Berenson

Cable boxes are, almost without exception, awful. They’re under-powered computers running very badly designed software. Their channel guides are slow, poorly laid out, and usually riddled with ads.

— Alex Pareene

I wonder what would have happened if automation and computers had existed when ‘Oklahoma!’ was having its out-of-town try-out, and three days before closing in Boston, when it was still called ‘Away We Go,’ they added a new song called ‘Oklahoma!’ I don’t think that could happen today. It’s almost impossible to change musicals on the go now.

— Andrew Lloyd Webber

Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don’t need to be done.

— Andy Rooney

As a kid, I was always into art at the same time as computers, and eventually I realised I was making more interesting stuff with my keyboard than with my hands. I really enjoyed modifying computer games more than playing them, so that got me into programming.

— Aaron Koblin

Modern people are only willing to believe in their computers, while I believe in myself.

— Alain Robert

Keep in mind that there are computers, that do touch things up. Like when I got a hold of the poster for ‘Gold Diggers,’ I said: ‘Hey, wait a minute! Those aren’t my teeth!’

— Anna Chlumsky

All of a sudden, if you think about the entire ecosystem of connected devices that can pull down information, access content and allow me to share and work and communicate, the vast majority now are not Windows computers. They are iPhones. They are iPads. They are Android devices.

— Aaron Levie

I grew up around electronic instruments. To me, the turntable is an electronic device. At the same time, I had access to drum machines and keyboards through my uncle then track recorders into computers. At an early age, I was messing with computers more than most hip-hop musicians.

— Ali Shaheed Muhammad

To me, there is something superbly symbolic in the fact that an astronaut, sent up as assistant to a series of computers, found that he worked more accurately and more intelligently than they. Inside the capsule, man is still in charge.

— Adlai Stevenson

I have a cell phone that doesn’t behave like a phone: It behaves like a computer that makes calls. Computers are becoming an integral part of daily life. And if people don’t start designing them to be more user-friendly, then an even larger part of the population is going to be left out of even more stuff.

— Alan Cooper

Go into the auto mechanic, you’ve got to know computers to be able to work on the cars.

— Ann McLane Kuster

We’ve got to be delivering young people, and people that are getting reeducated, people who are getting reemployed, into the marketplace with skills to work together, to understand computers, and to be able to be a part of that 21st century economy.

— Ann McLane Kuster

Hard systems are everything we’re using right now – computers, phones, planes, the clothes you’re wearing, the room you’re in. Everything there involves 100% use of technology and expertise to make it, and nothing we make – including space exploration vehicles and so on – is complex. Everything we make is complicated. Nothing is self-renewing.

— Allan Savory

My dad could be beyond brilliant but totally introverted. If we’re talking about computers, he’s on. Otherwise, he’s a total recluse – he stays in the house and won’t leave, and I’m like that. If I’m not working, I’m locked up in my room.

— Alessandra Torresani

I favor pocket-sized hard drives that travel between home and office, syncing with computers on both ends.

— Barton Gellman

Dell fills its computers with crapware, collecting fees from McAfee and other vendors to pre-install ‘trial’ versions.

— Barton Gellman

Given the volume of PC sales and the way McAfee runs its operation, I imagine there must be thousands of phantom subscribers – folks who signed up once upon a time and left the software behind two or three computers ago.

— Barton Gellman

I guarantee you, yoga will compete with computers, music, sports, automobiles, the drug industry. Yoga will take over the world!

— Bikram Choudhury

Security is, I would say, our top priority because for all the exciting things you will be able to do with computers – organizing your lives, staying in touch with people, being creative – if we don’t solve these security problems, then people will hold back.

— Bill Gates

Computers, like automobiles and airplanes, do only what people tell them to do.

— Bill James

Would you go into a CD store and steal a CD? It’s the same thing, people going into the computers and loggin’ on and stealing our music.

— Britney Spears

Computers allow us to squeeze the most out of everything, whether it’s Google looking up things, so I guess that tends to make us a little lazy about reading books and doing things the hard way to understand how those things work.

— Buzz Aldrin

I’ve always shied away from computers, the Internet and all that. I’m a bit more traditional, really – pick up a newspaper, pick up a phone.

— Bradley Wiggins

I started on an Apple II, which I had bought at the very end of 1978 for half of my annual income. I made $4,500 a year, and I spent half of it on the computer.

— Bill Budge

We didn’t know the importance of home computers before the Internet. We had them mostly for fun, then the Internet came along and was enabled by all the PCs out there.

— Burt Rutan

Yet in this global economy, no jobs are safe. High-speed Internet connections and low-cost, skilled labor overseas are an explosive combination.

— Bob Taft

If somebody had told me when I was in graduate school, ‘Brian, in 35 years you’ll get a chance to fly the first commercial spacecraft with no computers,’ I’d have said, ‘I don’t think so. People are not going to be that stupid.’

— Brian Binnie

Computers and computing are all around us. Some computing is highly visible, like your laptop. But this is only part of a computing iceberg. A lot more lies hidden below the surface. We don’t see and usually don’t think about the computers inside appliances, cars, airplanes, cameras, smartphones, GPS navigators and games.

— Brian Kernighan

Even though most people won’t be directly involved with programming, everyone is affected by computers, so an educated person should have a good understanding of how computer hardware, software, and networks operate.

— Brian Kernighan

It’s important to be informed about issues like usability, reliability, security, privacy, and some of the inherent limitations of computers.

— Brian Kernighan

We demand privacy, yet we glorify those that break into computers.

— Bill McCollum

For computer communications, computers talk in little bursts. They’re not continuous like speech.

— Bob Kahn

Yes, I was a big math and computer geek, that’s true. I was driven by the scholastic side of things. For me, it was all about what I could do with math and computers.

— Brian Acton

Stock exchanges say that more than half of all trades are now executed by just a handful of high-frequency traders, who use rapid-fire computers to essentially force slower investors to give up profits, then disappear before anyone knows what happened.

— Charles Duhigg

Computers rather frighten me, because I never did learn to type, so the whole thing seems extraordinarily complicated to me.

— Charles Keating

Comedy has sort of been my life-long obsession. I literally obsessed over comedy. I really didn’t play sports – for me it was just comedy, computers and chess club those were my big things.

— Chris Hardwick

Right at the start, when I was about 13 or 14, I only had an Amiga 500 Plus running a bit of tracker software called OctaMED. My brother was big into his computers, and when he moved up to a proper PC, I took charge of the Amiga.

— Calvin Harris

Yeah, computers are going to take over the programming business because they have become so fast recently that they can solve the Halting Problem in five seconds flat.

— Craig Bruce

The trick with computers I think, is to approach old and new things with the same reverence as you would like your favourite chair and not be seduced by the constant innovation otherwise you never do anything.

— Colin Greenwood

We’re just into toys, whether it’s motorcycles or race cars or computers. I’ve got the Palm Pilot right here with me, I’ve got the world’s smallest phone. Maybe it’s just because I’m still a big little kid and I just love toys, you know?

— Catherine Bell

China has legally purchased high performance computers, advanced machine tools, and semiconductor-manufacturing equipment from several American companies.

— Charles Bass

The humanitarian developers behind World of Warcraft have also discovered a way to bribe gamers into turning off their computers and going outside. If you log off for a few days, your character will be more ‘rested’ when you resume playing, a mode that temporarily speeds up your leveling.

— Clive Thompson

A smartphone links patients’ bodies and doctors’ computers, which in turn are connected to the Internet, which in turn is connected to any smartphone anywhere. The new devices could put the management of an individual’s internal organs in the hands of every hacker, online scammer, and digital vandal on Earth.

— Charles C. Mann

Smartphones can relay patients’ data to hospital computers in a continuous stream. Doctors can alter treatment regimens remotely, instead of making patients come in for a visit.

— Charles C. Mann

As the Kindle’s dread grip on digital publishing is challenged by tablet computers and Android smartphones, with their bright screens and high resolution, the need for illustration is growing.

— Chris Riddell

I continue to meet people who have had their Web pages hijacked, their browsers corrupted, in some cases, their children exposed to inappropriate material from these dangerous programs hidden in their family computers.

— Cliff Stearns

I use computers for email, staying current with my own website as well as finding important information through other websites. I also use it for creating MP3 files of new music I’m working on.

— Clint Black

Treat your password like your toothbrush. Don’t let anybody else use it, and get a new one every six months.

— Clifford Stoll

Because you have things like ‘American Idol’ and you’ve got radio stations that play music made entirely by computers, it’s easy to forget there are bands with actual people playing actual instruments that rock.

— Dave Grohl

A wonderful thing about a book, in contrast to a computer screen, is that you can take it to bed with you.

— Daniel J. Boorstin

I’m interested in all kinds of pictures, however they are made, with cameras, with paint brushes, with computers, with anything.

— David Hockney

More and more people are seeing the films on computers – lousy sound, lousy picture – and they think they’ve seen the film, but they really haven’t.

— David Lynch

I understand that computers, which I once believed to be but a hermaphrodite typewriter-cum-filing cabinet, offer the cyber literate increased ability to communicate. I do not think this is altogether a bad thing, however it may appear on the surface.

— David Mamet

People are seduced by signals from the world, but that is manipulation, not reality. Computers have learned more about us than we’ve learned about them.

— Douglas Rushkoff

When Steve Jobs toured Xerox PARC and saw computers running the first operating system that used Windows and a mouse, he assumed he was looking at a new way to work a personal computer. He brought the concept back to Cupertino and created the Mac, then Bill Gates followed suit, and the rest is history.

— Douglas Rushkoff

Everyone knows, or should know, that everything we type on our computers or say into our cell phones is being disseminated throughout the datasphere. And most of it is recorded and parsed by big data servers. Why do you think Gmail and Facebook are free? You think they’re corporate gifts? We pay with our data.

— Douglas Rushkoff

Not only have computers changed the way we think, they’ve also discovered what makes humans think – or think we’re thinking. At least enough to predict and even influence it.

— Douglas Rushkoff

Brains are tricky and adaptable organs. For all the ‘neuroplasticity’ allowing our brains to reconfigure themselves to the biases of our computers, we are just as neuroplastic in our ability to eventually recover and adapt.

— Douglas Rushkoff

Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog.

— Doug Larson

My work was fairly theoretical. It was in recursive function theory. And in particular, hierarchies of functions in terms of computational complexity. I got involved in real computers and programming mainly by being – well, I was interested even as I came to graduate school.

— Dennis Ritchie

If the machines can take the drudgery out of it and just leave us with the joy of drawing, then that’s the best of both worlds – and I’ll use those computers!

— Don Bluth

Kids are finding out about the potential for discovery online from other sources many of them have computers at home, for instance, or their friends have them.

— Daniel Greenberg

Every ISP is being attacked, maliciously both from in the United States and outside of the United States, by those who want to invade people’s privacy. But more importantly they want to take control of computers, they want to hack them, they want to steal information.

— Darrell Issa

Kids today are smarter than we ever were. And they’ve got computers, too, which is awesome. They’re scary to me.

— David Arquette

No one ever said on their deathbed, ‘Gee, I wish I had spent more time alone with my computer’.

— Danielle Berry

As a rule, software systems do not work well until they have been used, and have failed repeatedly, in real applications.

— Dave Parnas

What we did not imagine was a Web of people, but a Web of documents.

— Dale Dougherty

I’ve tried word processors, but I think I’m too old a dog to use one.

— Dee Brown

If you like overheads, you’ll love PowerPoint.

— Edward Tufte

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.

— Emo Philips

People are good at intuition, living our lives. What are computers good at? Memory.

— Eric Schmidt

For about half an hour in mid-1992, I knew as much as any layperson about the pleasures of remote access of other people’s computers.

— Elizabeth McCracken

For short term relaxation, I take a hot tub. It’s my best way to unblock writers’ block, too. For a bit longer relaxation, I enjoy camping. Just being in the wilderness, with no phones or computers or anything I have to do really refreshes my spirit.

— Ellen Hopkins

After a semester or so, my infatuation with computers burnt out as quickly as it had begun.

— Eric Allin Cornell

I’m not on Twitter or Facebook and don’t even use email. I don’t trust computers: one day they’ll all break down, and everyone will be knackered.

— Eric Bristow

I started getting into Internet technologies and computers. I wasn’t especially interested in being a musician, but I wound up finding my way back to being interested in music through computers.

— Eric Avery

There are jobs, particularly database-oriented ones, for which computers are necessary, but for everyday office life, I question whether they have brought the productivity that their enormous cost, up to £10,000 per person, demands.

— Felix Dennis

Computers are wasteful of paper and time. Once, we’d get documents with a few errors. Now, people make hundreds of copies until each sheet is flawless and memos are duplicated endlessly. Managers get swamped with emails.

— Felix Dennis

I was a ‘Duck Hunt’ and ‘Mario’ guy, and stuff like that. I was never technologically driven. I never had all the cool, new toys. I was the youngest child, I wasn’t the only child, so I wasn’t spoiled as a kid. And, we were on the farm, so we didn’t have a lot. Also, with computers, I’m not very good with them. I just check my email.

— Garrett Hedlund

Diaspora starts about a thousand years from now. Most of human civilisation has moved inside computers essentially, a major branch of our descendants consists of conscious software.

— Greg Egan

Electromagnetic theory and experiment gave us the telephone, radio, TV, computers, and made the internal combustion engine practical – thus, the car and airplane, leading inevitably to the rocket and outer-space exploration.

— Gregory Benford

We went from a world where almost nobody knew anything about computers to a world where almost all of us are computer geeks for a huge fraction of our day. And I’d like to see that happen with the digital world of biological molecules, too.

— George M. Church

Most people are excited about themselves. Personal genome will deliver for inexpensively something about science to which you can relate. Just like computers are becoming something to which you can relate. It should be even easier to relate to your own biology, and I hope that will be one of the ways we get broader literacy in science.

— George M. Church

We’ve lost these qualities, these abilities to do something by hand. Some illustrators have it still, but it’s just not art. We have photography. We have cameras and computers that do it better and faster.

— Gerhard Richter

I grew up before computers. Computers are changing things, not all for the good.

— Graham Hawkes

Before computers, you’d start designing using shapes of cubes. Now I can start with something like a handkerchief, an object that doesn’t have strong inside and outside boundaries or much closed volume.

— Greg Lynn

I am a huge supporter for cash for caulkers – which allows people to make improvement for energy efficient in their homes. We should do the same for Americans purchasing appliances and computers and for that matter, new air-conditioner and heating units.

— Harold Ford, Jr.

It seems like everything that we see perceived in the brain before we actually use our own eyes, that everything we see is coming through computers or machines and then is being input in our brain cells. So that really worries me.

— Hayao Miyazaki

I don’t care how big and fast computers are, they’re not as big and fast as the world.

— Herbert Simon

In 1983, before computers came along, it wasn’t easy to do electronic basslines and rhythms.

— Gillian Gilbert

The computer is not, in our opinion, a good model of the mind, but it is as the trumpet is to the orchestra – you really need it. And so, we have very massive simulations in computers because the problem is, of course, very complex.

— Gerald Edelman

Technologies evolve in the strangest ways. Computers were created to calculate ballistics equations, and now we use them to create amusing illusions. Creating amusing illusions is a big business if you play it right.

— Howard Rheingold

So technologies, whether it is a telephone or an iPhone, computers in general or automobiles, television even, all individualize us. We all sit in front of our iPhones and communicating but are we really communicating?

— Henry Mintzberg

When computers came along, I felt for the first time that I had the proper tools for the kind of theoretical work I wanted to do. So I moved over to that, and that got me into psychology.

— Herbert A. Simon

I’m really anti-option, so computers have been my nightmare with recording. I don’t want endless tracks I want less tracks. I want decisions to be made.

— Ian MacKaye

We’ve seen computers play chess and beat grand masters. We’ve seen computers drive a car across a desert. But interestingly, playing chess is easy, but having a conversation about nothing is really difficult for a computer.

— Hod Lipson

Electronic aids, particularly domestic computers, will help the inner migration, the opting out of reality. Reality is no longer going to be the stuff out there, but the stuff inside your head. It’s going to be commercial and nasty at the same time.

— J. G. Ballard

Even when I work with computers, with high technology, I always try to put in the touch of the hand.

— Issey Miyake

Today, computers are almost second nature to most of us.

— James Dyson

Globalization, as defined by rich people like us, is a very nice thing… you are talking about the Internet, you are talking about cell phones, you are talking about computers. This doesn’t affect two-thirds of the people of the world.

— Jimmy Carter

I graduated from high school in 1963. There were no computers, cell phones, Internet, credit cards, cassette tapes or cable TV.

— Jeffrey Gitomer

When I got out of coaching, I had taught a class at the University of California, an extension class on football for fans. I was looking for tools. I was showing them films. I was going to write a textbook. Trip Hawkins came to me about making it a game for computers.

— John Madden

Pixar is not about computers, it’s about people.

— John Lasseter

The form of computers has never been important, with speed and performance being the only things that mattered.

— Jonathan Ive

Technology has forever changed the world we live in. We’re online, in one way or another, all day long. Our phones and computers have become reflections of our personalities, our interests, and our identities. They hold much that is important to us.

— James Comey

The diverse threats we face are increasingly cyber-based. Much of America’s most sensitive data is stored on computers. We are losing data, money, and ideas through cyber intrusions. This threatens innovation and, as citizens, we are also increasingly vulnerable to losing our personal information.

— James Comey

If being the biggest company was a guarantee of success, we’d all be using IBM computers and driving GM cars.

— James Surowiecki

The future of television is not on television but online. A majority of us are turning to our computers and mobile devices for news and entertainment, Millennials especially.

— Jason Calacanis

I’ve never had Internet access. Actually, I have looked at things on other people’s computers as a bystander. A few times in my life I’ve opened email accounts, twice actually, but it’s something I don’t want in my life right now.

— Jhumpa Lahiri

My father raised me to build computers, hardware. Literally, as an 8 year old, I had a soldering iron and circuit boards, and this was in neighbourhoods that wouldn’t have a whole lot of money or anything. And I figured out ways to just hustle.

— Jidenna

I’m a Luddite with computers, and I’m slightly worried about being hacked as well.

— Jo Brand

I don’t type on the computer or edit. Law students who went to law school really just a couple years after I did were brought up all on the computers and that’s how they do it, but I was still part of the older school.

— John Roberts

Before computers, telephone lines and television connect us, we all share the same air, the same oceans, the same mountains and rivers. We are all equally responsible for protecting them.

— Julia Louis-Dreyfus

GIS started on mainframe computers we could get one map every five to 10 hours, and if we made a mistake, it could take longer. In the early ’90s, when people started buying PCs, we migrated to desktop software.

— Jack Dangermond

Strangely enough, the linking of computers has taken place democratically, even anarchically. Its rules and habits are emerging in the open light, rather shall behind the closed doors of security agencies or corporate operations centers.

— James Gleick

There’s all these ways to instantly communicate – cars, computers, telephone and transportation – and even with all that, it’s so hard to find people and have an honest communication with them.

— Jason Schwartzman

Musicians and journalists are the canaries in the coalmine, but, eventually, as computers get more and more powerful, it will kill off all middle-class professions.

— Jaron Lanier

My background was in graphic design, but when I was doing it, it was all hand-drawn stuff, not computers.

— Jeffrey Dean Morgan

I am a child of digital generation. I have done most of the records with Rilo Kiley on computers, on Pro Tools or other digital programs.

— Jenny Lewis

Desktop computers – boxes inside boxes – began appearing in those cubicles in the mid-eighties, electrical cords curling on the floor like so many ropes.

— Jill Lepore

In the past, Google has used teams of humans to ‘read’ its street address images – in essence, to render images into actionable data. But using neural network technology, the company has trained computers to extract that data automatically – and with a level of accuracy that meets or beats human operators.

— John Battelle

In high school, I used to teach guitar and fix computers by the hour. I was looking for some way to make some cash, so I actually learned how to play guitar in order to try to teach it.

— Jon Oringer

I think I thought it would be important for electronics as we knew it then, but that was a much simpler business and electronics was mostly radio and television and the first computers.

— Jack Kilby

Well, the big products in electronics in the ’50s were radio and television. The first big computers were just beginning to come in and represented the most logical market for us to work in.

— Jack Kilby

Well, we didn’t have our original drummer on our last record. And most of that album was not played as a band in the studio. It was mostly the world of computers and overdubs. There was very few things played live or worked out as a band.

— James Iha

Art shows us that human beings still matter in a world where money talks the loudest, where computers know everything about us, and where robots fabricate our next meal and also our ride there.

— John Maeda

I never have used computers or calculators. I’ve always been able to figure out in my head, far before my opposition has, in negotiating for acquisitions, where we need to be and where the numbers are and how we could get the best sight of the bargain, without having to resort to accountants or assistants or financial experts.

— Jon Huntsman, Sr.

Without computers, in the 17th century, we could classify the entire animal kingdom… there was this idea of the speciation, right? And now, all a search engine is is essentially the mathematical speciation of ideas – and these things really derive from the way that language is used and the way words relate.

— Joshua Cohen

I would rather have racing without computers. The human side is forgotten, and instead of talking over what’s happening and just trusting the feel of the driver, the data becomes almost more important.

— Jacques Villeneuve

There’s no telling how many guns we have in America – and when one gets used in a crime, no way for the cops to connect it to its owner. The only place the police can turn for help is a Kafkaesque agency in West Virginia, where, thanks to the gun lobby, computers are illegal and detective work is absurdly antiquated.

— Jeanne Marie Laskas

The only thing I do on a computer is play Texas Hold ‘Em, really. Obviously my cell phone is a computer. My car is a computer. I’m on computers every day without actively seeking them out.

— John Hawkes

Over the eons I’ve been a fan of, and sucker for, each latest automated system to ‘simplify’ and ‘bring order to’ my life. Very early on this led me to the beautiful-and-doomed Lotus Agenda for my DOS computers, and Actioneer for the early Palm.

— James Fallows

We all grew up, our grandmothers and mothers had about three channels to watch, so we watched those soaps and now, a generation has grown up with the Internet and computers and video games.

— Jack Wagner

Gee, I am a complete Luddite when it comes to computers, I can barely log on!

— Jonathan Shapiro

I realized that I loved using computers to create something, but being an architect just wasn’t going to keep me interested. The idea of a life spent obsessing over bathroom details for an Upper East Side penthouse was pretty depressing.

— Joseph Kosinski

I’m really interested in the current tech world because of my brother Michael. Since we were little kids, in the 1970s, he was dealing with the first computers. He works for the government.

— Jimmi Simpson

Doing a movie about computers between 1978 and 1982? You can’t get much less sexy, less active than that.

— Joshua Michael Stern

I look like a geeky hacker, but I don’t know anything about computers.

— Justin Long

Technology ventures can succeed with very little investment, unlike many other industries. A lot of the big Internet players like Google or Yahoo were started by a couple of guys with computers. Microsoft was started in Bill Gates’ garage.

— Jonathan Raymond

If net neutrality goes away, it will fundamentally change everything about the Internet.

— James Hilton

The Internet is not just one thing, it’s a collection of things – of numerous communications networks that all speak the same digital language.

— Jim Clark

Equipped with cell phones, beepers, and handheld computers, the ‘conspicuously industrious’ blur the line between home and office by working anytime, anywhere.

— Jo Ann Davis

Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining.

— Jef Raskin

Right now, computers, which are supposed to be our servant, are oppressing us.

— Jef Raskin

As computers have become more powerful, computer graphics have advanced to the point where it’s possible to create photo-realistic images. The bottleneck wasn’t, ‘How do we make pixels prettier?’ It was, ‘How do we engage with them more?’

— Jefferson Han

What I try to do is factor in how people use computers, what people’s problems are, and how these technologies can get applied to those problems. Then I try to direct the various product groups to act on this information.

— John Warnock

Everyone has this perception that the bloggers, they say horrible things about you and they hide behind their computers where you can’t see them.

— L’Wren Scott

We’re leading a fundamental shift from centralized energy to distributed energy. Energy will go in that direction, just like mainframe computers went to client servers, then to the Internet. I believe in solar, and the macro trends are just too undeniable.

— Lynn Jurich

That’s the new way – with computers, computers, computers. That’s the way we can have the cell survive and get some new information in high resolution. We started about five years ago and, today, I think we have reached the target.

— Lennart Nilsson

And my real enemy is not to hold the specimen sterile, but it’s the lighting. The light is our real enemy. So we have to work with very very poor lighting. But we can increase the light with computers.

— Lennart Nilsson

People are good at figuring out what’s attractive, and computers are good at quickly searching and finding. You put them together, and bang!

— Luis von Ahn

The basic idea of Games With a Purpose is that we are taking a problem that computers cannot yet solve, and we are getting people to solve it for us while they are playing a game.

— Luis von Ahn

I’m not very technically minded. I mean, I don’t know how to do e-mail on computers.

— Kate Winslet

Beatbullying’s ‘The Big March 2012’ is such a brilliant campaign and I am very proud to be a part of it. I have been a victim of cyber bullying myself and I know firsthand just how hurtful it can be. People think that they can hide behind computers and send nasty and hurtful comments to people, and this is wrong.

— Katherine Jenkins

It was used for decades to describe talented computer enthusiasts, people whose skill at using computers to solve technical problems and puzzles was – and is – respected and admired by others possessing similar technical skills.

— Kevin Mitnick

Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Inc, which set the computing world on its ear with the Macintosh in 1984.

— Kevin Mitnick

I started with CB radio, ham radio, and eventually went into computers. And I was just fascinated with it. And back then, when I was in school, computer hacking was encouraged. It was an encouraged activity. In fact, I remember one of the projects my teacher gave me was writing a log-in simulator.

— Kevin Mitnick

A wide variety of devices beyond personal computers are arriving, many of which will be used to browse the Web… The Flash engineering team has taken this on with a major overhaul of the mainstream Flash Player for a variety of devices.

— Kevin Lynch

I’m going to get myself one of those, um, movable computers – what do you call them… ? Laptops! I am bad. I still call my radio a wireless.

— Katherine Parkinson

The spread of computers and the Internet will put jobs in two categories. People who tell computers what to do, and people who are told by computers what to do.

— Marc Andreessen

In short, software is eating the world.

— Marc Andreessen

One of the big first computers was called SAGE, which was a missile defense, the first missile-defense computer, which was, like, one of the first computers in the history of the world which got sold to the Department of Defense for, I don’t know, tens and tens of millions of dollars at the time.

— Marc Andreessen

When people think about computer science, they imagine people with pocket protectors and thick glasses who code all night.

— Marissa Mayer

I am not great at computers. If I were to try shopping through Google, I’d end up with 33 vests.

— Mary Berry

I just think people have a lot of fiction. But, you know, I mean, the real story of Facebook is just that we’ve worked so hard for all this time. I mean, the real story is actually probably pretty boring, right? I mean, we just sat at our computers for six years and coded.

— Mark Zuckerberg

The real story of Facebook is just that we’ve worked so hard for all this time. I mean, the real story is actually probably pretty boring, right? I mean, we just sat at our computers for six years and coded.

— Mark Zuckerberg

I know when I grew up, it was, if it was daylight outside, get outside. Well, now, with the technological age of computers and everything, everyone’s inside virtually going everywhere they want to go, virtually having relationships, virtually traveling across the neighborhood, virtually going to that island.

— Matthew McConaughey

If I wasn’t a professional scientist, I’d be an amateur scientist. But plan B was to go into computers.

— Michio Kaku

When I write a song, I always start on acoustic guitar, because that’s a good test of a song, when it’s really open and bare. You can often mislead yourself if you start with computers and samples and programming because you can disguise a bad song.

— Martin Gore

Some things, like the orbits of the planets, can be calculated far into the future. But that’s atypical. In most contexts, there is a limit. Even the most fine-grained computation can only forecast British weather a few days ahead. There are limits to what can ever be learned about the future, however powerful computers become.

— Martin Rees

Some claim that computers will, by 2050, achieve human capabilities. Of course, in some respects they already have.

— Martin Rees

Everybody jokes about that old story about the world only needing five computers, but when you think about it, that’s where we’re heading.

— Matt Mullenweg

It’s been my policy to view the Internet not as an ‘information highway’, but as an electronic asylum filled with babbling loonies.

— Mike Royko

Managerial and professional people hadn’t really used computers, hadn’t sat down at keyboards, until personal computers. Personal computers have a totally different feel.

— Mitch Kapor

I’ve never been much of a computer guy at least in terms of playing with computers. Actually until I was about 11 I didn’t use a computer for preparing for games at all. I was playing a bit online, was using the chess club mainly. Now, obviously, the computer is an important tool for me preparing for my games.

— Magnus Carlsen

Bitcoin is not an actual physical coin, and if computers are shut down, you can’t buy or sell them. That’s why nothing will ever replace gold and silver coins themselves, and all investors should have them at home or in a safe deposit box.

— Mark Skousen

Nowadays shots are created in post-production, on computers. It’s not really photography.

— Mary Ellen Mark

Our relationships with our computers are almost sexual, they’re so close. They’re just such a huge part of our lives.

— Mackenzie Davis

Bounty hunters these days – because everything is so sophisticated with computers and surveillance, it doesn’t have to be a one-man-army-type guy who goes in and kicks a door down.

— Mickey Rourke

I’d like to think life has improved since 1850, despite the long hours we all seem to spend slaving over hot computers, but the psychological journeys remain the same – the search for love, identity, a meaningful place in the world.

— Meg Rosoff

Everything is being run by computers. Everything is reliant on these computers working. We have become very reliant on Internet, on basic things like electricity, obviously, on computers working. And this really is something which creates completely new problems for us. We must have some way of continuing to work even if computers fail.

— Mikko Hypponen

There is a difference between the stuff that people put online themselves, like pictures and their trips and flights and meals they’ve eaten, than the stuff that they don’t realize is also going into foreign computers. Like, for example, copies of your emails or every single online search you ever do, ’cause all that is being recorded as well.

— Mikko Hypponen

We can just assume they have much more and powerful, more advanced technology, all the new computers, everything could be much more easier and help them to build much more and many more nuclear weapons.

— Mordechai Vanunu

Computers are very powerful tools, but in the simulated world of the computer, everything has to be calculated.

— Margaret Wertheim

With our work at Kazaa, we began seeing growing broadband connections and more powerful computers and more streaming multimedia, and we saw that the traditional way of communicating by phone no longer made a lot of sense.

— Niklas Zennstrom

If you could utilize the resources of the end users’ computers, you could do things much more efficiently.

— Niklas Zennstrom

In the practical world of computing, it is rather uncommon that a program, once it performs correctly and satisfactorily, remains unchanged forever.

— Niklaus Wirth

Regardless of how it’s done, transaction costs will continue to plummet as computers get more powerful. Low transaction costs are a wonderful thing if you’re in the transaction business. They’re wonderful for consumers too, making it cheaper and easier to buy things and creating new things to buy.

— Nathan Myhrvold

The whole hardware industry has experienced the phenomenon in which every time computers get cheaper, they appeal to a new set of users every time they get more powerful, old customers upgrade.

— Nathan Myhrvold

Why pay a fee for Internet content when a million free sites are just a click away? There’s no incentive until people are too addicted to the Net to turn off their computers, yet are bored with what’s available.

— Nathan Myhrvold

Computers have proved to be formidable chess players. In fact, they’ve beaten our top human chess champions.

— Neil deGrasse Tyson

We can do things that we never could before. Stop-motion lets you build tiny little worlds, and computers make that world even more believable.

— Nick Park

Even in the developing parts of the world, kids take to computers like fish to water.

— Nicholas Negroponte

We’ve been working now with computers and education for 30 years, computers in developing countries for 20 years, and trying to make low-cost machines for 10 years. This is not a sudden turn down the road.

— Nicholas Negroponte

I’m actually pretty good with computers. I use computers when I’m working on making and producing music, so I do know a thing or two!

— Nick Jonas

Computers seem a little too adaptively flexible, like the strange natives, odd societies, and head cases we study in the social sciences. There’s more opposable thumb in the digital world than I care for it’s awfully close to human.

— P. J. O’Rourke

Computers absolutely changed my life. Before I had a computer, I had never written one thing. Not one thing. I’m a very bad speller and I was embarrassed by that. When I would type, the little mistakes would make me nutty, and I would never edit anything.

— Penn Jillette

My love of computers, besides being practical, is very direct and visceral. I love the way things look on the screen.

— Penn Jillette

With faster Internet and better computers, you’d better believe we’re creating and consuming more digital data.

— Peter Diamandis

The U.S. government doesn’t build your computers, nor do you fly aboard a U.S. government owned and operated airline. Private industry routinely takes technologies pioneered by the government and turns them into cheap, reliable and robust industries. This has happened in aviation, air mail, computers, and the Internet.

— Peter Diamandis

If you take a regular animated film, that’s being done by animators on computers, so the filmmaking is a fairly technical process.

— Peter Jackson

Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can’t be good for you.

— Prince

Every company that made computers when we started the Mac, they’re all gone.

— Phil Schiller

I’m looking to evolve the concept of the new renaissance artist, taking the world by storm through the art of public display and demonstration, with technical savvy, using cell phones and computers.

— Perry Farrell

Because I believe that humans are computers, I conjectured that computers, like people, can have left- and right-handed versions.

— Philip Emeagwali

To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer.

— Paul R. Ehrlich

I took this ‘how to build computers’ course basically because I’m sick and tired of getting ripped off by cheesy computer companies. Software baffles me. I like hardware. I used to change my own oil, and now I want to build my own computer so I can have what I want.

— Pat Cadigan

I got into computers back in the early ’80s, so it was a natural progression of learning about e-mail in the mid-’80s and getting into the Internet when it opened up in the early ’90s.

— Roger McGuinn

I’m pretty adept with computers and Photoshop for my blog, and I found my style with a conversational voice and an image-ready column.

— Robert Mankoff

Whatever they do, criminals and non-criminals act in particular ways. Some writers, for instance, use computers, others pen and paper. Some write in the morning, some at night. Each writer has a distinct style, with variations in grammar, sentence structure, and voice.

— Ronald Kessler

Computers let people avoid people, going out to explore. It’s so different to just open a website instead of looking at a Picasso in a museum in Paris.

— Raf Simons

By 2029, computers will have emotional intelligence and be convincing as people.

— Ray Kurzweil

Supercomputers will achieve one human brain capacity by 2010, and personal computers will do so by about 2020.

— Ray Kurzweil

The reason we personify things like cars and computers is that just as monkeys live in an arboreal world and moles live in an underground world and water striders live in a surface tension-dominated flatland, we live in a social world.

— Richard Dawkins

Perhaps one day we will have machines that can cope with approximate task descriptions, but in the meantime, we have to be very prissy about how we tell computers to do things.

— Richard P. Feynman

A smartphone is a computer – it’s not built using a computer – the job it does is the job of being a computer. So, everything we say about computers, that the software you run should be free – you should insist on that – applies to smart phones just the same. And likewise to those tablets.

— Richard Stallman

Over and over again, financial experts and wonkish talking heads endeavor to explain these mysterious, ‘toxic’ financial instruments to us lay folk. Over and over, they ignobly fail, because we all know that no one understands credit default obligations and derivatives, except perhaps Mr. Buffett and the computers who created them.

— Richard Dooling

I’m always working. I don’t really set limits. I tend to go in bursts. And in between, I’m doing my taxes, answering the phone, and all those kinds of things. I waste a lot of time. Computers take a lot of time. I love computers.

— Richard Dooling

Computers have become more friendly, understandable, and lots of years and thought have been put into developing software to convince people that they want and need a computer.

— Roberta Williams

The Web is actually a coming together of three technologies, if you like: the hypertext, the personal computer, and the network. So, the network we had, and the personal computers were there, but people didn’t use them, because they didn’t know what to use them for, except maybe for a few games.

— Robert Cailliau

We want the digital world to bend to your physical life, your real emotional life as a person, and we don’t want you to bend to computers.

— Rony Abovitz

Lighter computers and lighter sensors would let you have more function in a given weight, which is very important if you are launching things into space, and you have to pay by the pound to put things there.

— Ralph Merkle

Dad was very into electronics, robotics and computers, so I was interested in what he was doing.

— Rhianna Pratchett

It is an interesting fact that during my tour I was never allowed access to computers, radios, or anything else that I might damage through curiosity, or perhaps something more sinister.

— Robert B. Laughlin

In the future, I’m sure there will be a lot more robots in every aspect of life. If you told people in 1985 that in 25 years they would have computers in their kitchen, it would have made no sense to them.

— Rodney Brooks

Computers sort of came around through games and toys. And you know, the first computer most people had in the house may have been a computer to play ‘Pong,’ a little microprocessor embedded, and then other games that came after that.

— Rodney Brooks

Interactive computers and software will, I think, provide a less costly method of doing some kinds of inquiry, in knowledge acquisition and even reasoning and interaction.

— Roy Romer

I actually use a computer a lot. I have three computers that I use on a regular basis – one is on my desk top in my Washington office, another is at home, and I have my laptop that I use when I’m travelling.

— Rick Boucher

I start every book with something that outrages me. I’m outraged by the FBI, the CIA, and computers that seem to have catalogued our lives. Power too often is accompanied by irresponsibility.

— Robert Ludlum

With all the abundance we have of computers and computing, what is scarce is human attention and time.

— Satya Nadella

India for sure is a mobile-first country. But I don’t think it will be a mobile-only country for all time. An emerging market will have more computing in their lives, not less computing, as there is more GDP and there is more need. As they grow, they will also want computers that grow from their phone.

— Satya Nadella

Computers themselves, and software yet to be developed, will revolutionize the way we learn.

— Steve Jobs

This is what customers pay us for – to sweat all these details so it’s easy and pleasant for them to use our computers. We’re supposed to be really good at this. That doesn’t mean we don’t listen to customers, but it’s hard for them to tell you what they want when they’ve never seen anything remotely like it.

— Steve Jobs

At our computer club, we talked about it being a revolution. Computers were going to belong to everyone, and give us power, and free us from the people who owned computers and all that stuff.

— Steve Wozniak

The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers.

— Sydney J. Harris

I’m a computer guy, and one of the things I did with the good fortune that ‘Presumed Innocent’ brought me was to buy one of the very first laptop computers. It weighed about eight and a half pounds, by the way.

— Scott Turow

A lot of journalists like to suck up to celebrities, and then as soon as they’re a safe distance away at their computers, they take shots. But that’s the way society has become, especially in pop culture.

— Scott Weiland

People are on their computers more than watching TV, because you can only watch voyeur TV, which is basically what reality shows are, for so long.

— Stephen Root

What’s happened with society is that we have created these devices, computers, which already can register and process huge amounts of information, which is a significant fraction of the amount of information that human beings themselves, as a species, can process.

— Seth Lloyd

There are more clocks than ever – clocks on computers, on cell phones, on televisions, on any screen available, telling time to the digital second – but they all seem to matter less.

— Stacey D’Erasmo

I think computers are the ultimate writing tool. I’m a very slow writer, so I appreciate it every day.

— Sherry Turkle

One of the problems with computers, particularly for the older people, is they were befuddled by them, and the computers have gotten better. They have gotten easier to use. They have gotten less expensive. The software interfaces have made things a lot more accessible.

— Steve Case

One of the biggest challenges we had in the first decade was not that many people had personal computers. There weren’t that many people to sell to, and it was hard to identify them.

— Steve Case

Originally, I was in both software and in online computing. The first innovation really was sort of at that time that we’re marrying the telephone and the computer so that people wouldn’t have to drive to the computer center. We didn’t have $1,000 computers.

— Sam Wyly

I worked at a local country club that I never belonged to. I did random tasks in the pro shop and supposed to be in charge of the register, but that didn’t go so well. They quickly realized I was better with people, not computers.

— Shelley Hennig

They went back there, looked at all the computers, asked me to come in and tell them what all the computers were for specifically so they knew how to dismantle the network I had been running.

— Sherman Austin

When they were done downloading all the information off each hard drive, they took all the computers, all the literature, and loaded everything into a big white truck and left.

— Sherman Austin

I remember having computers at my parents’ house growing up. We had different desktop PCs, but my first laptop was an IBM ThinkPad laptop. It was big, bulky, slow and terrible.

— Scott Michael Foster

I think of myself as a Hollywood hillbilly, but I’m sick of all these questions people ask about Alabama. ‘Do you have an outhouse?’ ‘Is there a lot of inbreeding in your family?’ They think all Southerners don’t have computers and TV sets and that we’re all still living in 1862.

— Sunny Mabrey

While the recent addition of the National Guard providing a support role manning computers and cameras has allowed more Border Patrol agents to work the field, more agents are still needed.

— Timothy Murphy

I had been doing MP3 players and handheld computers since 1990-1991, and so they sought me out because of my experience. And about 18 generations of iPod and three generations of iPhone later, I decided to leave Apple.

— Tony Fadell

There’s so much free material on the Internet you can learn from, and some people are pure self-starters: they pick up computers and teach themselves everything. Certainly there are millions of people like that. But at the same time, I think it’s a pretty small percentage of the population.

— Tyler Cowen

I wish people would turn off their computers, go outside, talk to people, touch people, lick people, enjoy each other’s company and smell each other on the rump.

— Tre Cool

We’re seeing an enormous amount of global upward mobility that’s quite rapid and quite sudden, and undiscovered individuals have a chance – using the Internet, using computers – to prove themselves very quickly. So I think the mobility story will be a quite complicated one.

— Tyler Cowen

Many of our own people here in this country do not ask about computers, telephones and television sets. They ask – when will we get a road to our village.

— Thabo Mbeki

The Semantic Web is not a separate Web but an extension of the current one, in which information is given well-defined meaning, better enabling computers and people to work in cooperation.

— Tim Berners-Lee

We could say we want the Web to reflect a vision of the world where everything is done democratically. To do that, we get computers to talk with each other in such a way as to promote that ideal.

— Tim Berners-Lee

Computers were never designed in the first place to become musical instruments. Within a computer, everything is sterile – there’s no sound, there’s no air. It’s totally code. Like with computer-generated effects in movies, you can create wonders. But it’s really hard to create emotion.

— Thomas Bangalter

By the end of 1978, we had 11 partners and six franchisees, we were operating in 22 cities, and we had about 6,000 clients. We had left Electronic Accounting Systems and were doing our own processing on our own computers.

— Tom Golisano

I am such a gearhead. In my recording studio, I personally engineer and edit everything on computers.

— Tommy Lee

Computers tend to separate us from each other – Mum’s on the laptop, Dad’s on the iPad, teenagers are on Facebook, toddlers are on the DS, and so on.

— Tom Hodgkinson

I was nerdy and really into computers. I was a good student until my senior year, when I started traveling and had a lot of absences.

— Tony Hawk

I detest computers. If you had a device like that 30 years ago that froze up constantly, misbehaved constantly, lost your information and screwed up when you needed it the most, it would have been laughable.

— Tom Scholz

I’ve always been into computers. When I was getting out of high school and forming my identity musically, all of it was really coming into the fold, computers and drum machines. It felt like, you know, I’m in the right place at the right time. I liked the collision.

— Trent Reznor

We can’t really know ourselves because we have not created ourselves. But we can know computers, we can know cars, because anything that we made, we can understand.

— Terrance Hayes

If computers remain far worse than us at image recognition, a certain over-confident combination of man and machine can elsewhere take inaccuracy to a whole new level.

— Tom Chatfield

How did the economy produce all these amazing things that we have around us – computers and cell phones and so on? There were a bunch of ideas, and the good ones grew and prospered. And the bad ones were pretty ruthlessly weeded out.

— Tim Harford

I loathe computers more and more, so I have one I can shut down and shelve like a book.

— Will Self

Sci-fi films are the epic films of the day because we can no longer put 10,000 extras in the scene – but we can draw thousands of aliens with computers.

— William Shatner

People are mostly focused on defending the computers on the Internet, and there’s been surprisingly little attention to defending the Internet itself as a communications medium.

— W. Daniel Hillis

In almost every technology area that we’re ahead in, we’re ahead in because the United States leads the world in computers.

— W. Daniel Hillis

I’m pretty much a dinosaur in the studio. I like things hand-drawn, even today. The story artists use Cintiqs, but I’m the only person who hasn’t completely converted to computers. I like the Cintiq, but there’s something about the raw emotional power of using paper and pencil.

— Walt Dohrn

There’s no other major item most of us own that is as confusing, unpredictable and unreliable as our personal computers.

— Walt Mossberg

Computers are scary. They’re nightmares to fix, lose our stuff, and, on occasion, they crash, producing the blue screen of death. Steve Jobs knew this. He knew that computers were bulky and hernia-inducing and Darth Vader black. He understood the value of declarative design.

— Wesley Morris

When I write software, I know that it will fail, either due to my own mistake, or due to some other cause.

— Wietse Venema

Ignorance breeds antipathy. Until I got to know how computers worked, I didn’t want anything to do with them. I said, ‘Well, why do I need them? I write letters.’ Which I still do.

— Viggo Mortensen

When I helped to develop the open standards that computers use to communicate with one another across the Net, I hoped for but could not predict how it would blossom and how much human ingenuity it would unleash.

— Vint Cerf

I’m projecting somewhere between 100 million and 200 million computers on the Net by the end of December 2000, and about 300 million users by that same time.

— Vint Cerf

Today, computers help us making the music. It’s really a tool.

— Yael Naim
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