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Services like Google and Facebook only exist because of the social acceptance of a mass amount of distributed volunteer labor from tons and tons of people.
A real friendship ought to introduce each person to unexpected weirdness in the other.
It is impossible to work in information technology without also engaging in social engineering.
Books are really, really hard to write. They represent a kind of a summit of grappling with what one really has to say
An economy where advertisers thrive while journalists and artists struggle, reflects the values of a society more interested in deception and manipulation than in truth and beauty
We already knew that kids learned computer technology more easily than adults, It is as if children were waiting all these centuries for someone to invent their native language.
Create a website that expresses something about who you are that won't fit into the template available to you on a social networking site.
I think seeking perfection in human affairs is a perfect way to destroy them.
Humans change themselves through technology.
Mobs and dictators were made for each other, and when mobs appear, dictators will soon flourish.
A digital sound sample in angry rap doesn't correspond to the graffiti but the wall.
Style used to be an interaction between the human soul and tools that were limiting. In the digital era, it will have to come from the soul alone.
I think complexity is mostly sort of crummy stuff that is there because it's too expensive to change the interface.
We're losing track of the vastness of the potential for computer science. We really have to revive the beautiful intellectual joy of it, as opposed to the business potential.
I think most of the dramatic new ideas come from little companies that then grow big.
Advertisers and marketers should be looking to bring new experiences to different parts of the brain. It's a more profound idea than just dropping a billboard into a video game.
When you have a global mush, people lose their identity, they become pseudonyms, they have no investment and no consequence in what they do.
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.
If we allow our self-congratulatory adoration of technology to distract us from our own contact with each other, then somehow the original agenda has been lost.
An intelligent person feels guilty for downloading music without paying the musician, but they use this free-open-culture ideology to cover it.
External reality is sort of an affectation of the nervous system.
A remarkable thing about the Silicon Valley culture is that its status structure is so based on technical accomplishment and prowess.
My parents were kind of like me in that they had tons and tons of weird, amazing stuff.
Linux is a superbly polished copy of an antique - shinier than the original, perhaps, but still defined by it.
It's as if you kneel to plant the seed of a tree and it grows so fast that it swallows your whole town before you can even rise to your feet.
There is no difference between machine autonomy and the abdication of human responsibility.
Why do people deserve a penny when they update their Facebook status? Because they'll spend some of it on you.
Information doesn’t deserve to be free. It is an abstract tool; a useful fantasy, a nothing. It is nonexistent until and unless a person experiences it in a useful way.
Individuals achieve optimal stupidity when they're given substantial powers while being insulated from the results of their actions.
If you're old enough to have a job and to have a life, you use Facebook exactly as advertised, you look up old friends.
People try to treat technology as an object, and it can't be. It can only be a channel.
Our willingness to suffer for the sake of the perception of freedom is remarkable.
Spirituality is committing suicide. Consciousness is attempting to will itself out of existence.
You have to be somebody before you can share yourself.
The most important thing about a technology is how it changes people.
Emphasizing the crowd means de-emphasizing individual humans in the design of society, and when you ask people not to be people, they revert to bad, mob-like behaviors.
One good test of whether an economy is humanistic or not is the plausibility of earning the ability to drop out of it for a while without incident or insult.
What does it mean to not be alone? I've approached that question through music, technology, writing and other means.
Web 2.0 ideas have a chirpy, cheerful rhetoric to them, but I think they consistently express a profound pessimism about humans, human nature and the human future.
People degrade themselves in order to make machines seem smart all the time.
I mean, you can't have advertising be the only official business of the information economy if the information economy is going to take over.
If you love a medium made of software, there's a danger that you will become entrapped in someone else's recent careless thoughts. Struggle against that.
There is nothing more gray, stultifying, or dreary than life lived inside the confines of a theory.
Advertising is the edge of what people know how to do and of human experience and it explains the latest ways progress has changed us to ourselves.
The network by itself is meaningless. Only the people were ever meaningful.
Evolution has never found a way to be any speed but very slow.
Facebook says, 'Privacy is theft,' because they're selling your lack of privacy to the advertisers who might show up one day.
A market economy cannot thrive absent the well-being of average people, even in a gilded age.
Information is alienated experience.
Chemotherapy is a good thing even though it kills healthy cells. But we still hope for something better. We'd like to prevent cancer in the first place.