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“All good teachers will tell you that the most important quality they bring to their teaching is their love for the children. But what does that mean? It means that before we can teach them, we need to delight in them. Someone once said that children need one thing in order to succeed in life: someone who is crazy about them. We need to find a way to delight in all our students. We may be the only one in their lives to do so. We need to look for the best, expect the best, find something in each child that we can truly treasure.... If children recognize that we have seen their genius, who they really are, they will have the confidence and resilience to take risks in learning. I am convinced that many learning and social difficulties would disappear if we learned to see the genius in each child and then created a learning environment that encourages it to develop.”
Steven Levy
“Epstein came up with an elaborate plan, including TV ads, and presented it to the board. The board rejected it.

“It really came down to this,” McCaffrey later said. “We have a limited budget. Do we want to put that money into the technology, into the infrastructure, into hiring really great people? Or do we want to blow it on a marketing campaign that we can’t measure?” Larry and Sergey told Epstein that his interim stint was over”
Steven Levy, In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives
“To hackers, a program was an organic entity that had a life independent from that of its author.”
Steven Levy, Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - 25th Anniversary Edition
“[Google is] an omnivorous collector of information, a hyperencyclopedic vault of human knowledge, an unerring auctioneer, an eerily skilful student of languages, behaviour, and desires.”
Steven Levy, In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives
“You can’t argue with facts. You’re not entitled to your own facts.”
Steven Levy, In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives
“She noted the lack of female hardware hackers, and was enraged at the male hacker obsession with technological play and power.”
Steven Levy, Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - 25th Anniversary Edition
“Because to hackers, passwords were even more odious than locked doors.”
Steven Levy, Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - 25th Anniversary Edition
“It’s your life story if you’re a mathematician: every time you discover something neat, you discover that Gauss or Newton knew it in his crib.”
Steven Levy, Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - 25th Anniversary Edition
“Inherently, Larry & Serge aren't paper-oriented - they're product oriented. If they have another 10 minutes, they want to make something better. They don't want to take 10 minutes to tell you something they did.
- Terry Winograd”
Steven Levy, In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives
“We designed Google to be the kind of place where the kind of people we wanted to work here would work for free.
- Urs Hölzle”
Steven Levy, In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives
“Ideas... [are] like babies - everything about their environment [says] they shouldn't exist. But they do. You can't dwell on problems too early, or they will swamp the virtues and you will decide not to do the project.
(Attributed to Mike Jones)”
Steven Levy, In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives
“Systems are organic, living creations: if people stop working on them and improving them, they die.”
Steven Levy, Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - 25th Anniversary Edition
“the Hacker Ethic, which instructs you to keep working until your hack tops previous efforts.”
Steven Levy, Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - 25th Anniversary Edition
“Kay himself has conceded that technological wizards generally fall into two categories: the Michelangelo types who dream of Sistine Chapels and then actually spend years building them, and the da Vincis, who have a million ideas but seldom finish anything themselves.”
Steven Levy, Insanely Great: The Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer that changed Everything
“computers”
Steven Levy, Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - 25th Anniversary Edition
“Mesmo se você falhar em meio a algo ambicioso, é muito difícil falhar por completo”,”
Steven Levy, Google: A Biografia - Como o Google pensa, trabalha e molda nossas vidas
“Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works. The design of the Mac wasn’t what it looked like, although that was part of it. Primarily, it was how it worked.”
Steven Levy, WIRED: Steve Jobs, Revolutionary
“The meeting was just ending when Doerr asked a final question: “How big do you think this can be?” “Ten billion,” said Larry Page.”
Steven Levy, In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives
“come”
Steven Levy, Insanely Great: The Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer that changed Everything
“Or, as Eric Schmidt told a reporter when asked just how Google determines the application of its famous unofficial motto, “Evil is what Sergey says is evil.”
Steven Levy, In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives
“The problem is television? When you’re young, you look at television and think, There’s a conspiracy. The networks have conspired to dumb us down. But when you get a little older, you realize that’s not true. The networks are in business to give people exactly what they want. That’s a far more depressing thought. Conspiracy is optimistic! You can shoot the bastards! We can have a revolution! But the networks are really in business to give people what they want. It’s the truth.”
Steven Levy, WIRED: Steve Jobs, Revolutionary
“In April 2004, Google had one of its countless minicrises, over an anti-Semitic website called Jew Watch. When someone typed “Jew” into Google’s search box, the first result was often a link to that hate site. Critics urged Google to exclude it in its search results. Brin publicly grappled with the dilemma. His view on what Google should do—maintain the sanctity of search—was rational, but a tremor in his voice betrayed how much he was troubled that his search engine was sending people to a cesspool of bigotry. “My reaction was to be really upset about it,” he admitted at the time. “It was certainly not something I want to see.” Then he launched into an analysis of why Google’s algorithms yielded that result, mainly because the signals triggered by the keyword “Jew” reflected the frequent use of that abbreviation as a pejorative. The algorithms had spoken, and Brin’s ideals, no matter how heartfelt, could not justify intervention. “I feel like I shouldn’t impose my beliefs on the world,” he said. “It’s a bad technology practice.”
Steven Levy, In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives
“It sort of violates every known principle that we have,” he admitted. “But every once in a while, you should test that you really have the right principles. You don’t want to end up too rigid.”
Steven Levy, In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives
“simply because his mind aligned perfectly with the nexus of logic and technology (which it did) but because, he says, “I really wanted to change the world.”
Steven Levy, In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives
“in keeping with the Hacker Ethic, no artificial boundaries were maintained.”
Steven Levy, Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - 25th Anniversary Edition
“The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.”
Steven Levy, WIRED: Steve Jobs, Revolutionary
“Gates’s implicit criticism of Gmail was that it was wasteful in its means of storing each email. Despite his currency with cutting-edge technologies, his mentality was anchored in the old paradigm of storage being a commodity that must be conserved. He had written his first programs under a brutal imperative for brevity. And Microsoft’s web-based email service reflected that parsimony. The young people at Google had no such mental barriers.”
Steven Levy, In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives
“It is astounding that Google, whose corporate philosophy is ‘don’t be evil,’ would enable evil by cooperating with China’s censorship policies just to make a buck,” he said in a press release. “… Many Chinese have suffered imprisonment and torture in the service of truth—and now Google is collaborating with their persecutors.”
Steven Levy, In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives
“That’s true,” said Brin. “Ultimately I view Google as a way to augment your brain with the knowledge of the world. Right now you go into your computer and type a phrase, but you can imagine that it could be easier in the future, that you can have just devices you talk into, or you can have computers that pay attention to what’s going on around them and suggest useful information.” “Somebody introduces themselves to you, and your watch goes to your web page,” said Page. “Or if you met this person two years ago, this is what they said to you.” Later in the conversation Page said, “Eventually you’ll have the implant, where if you think about a fact, it will just tell you the answer.” It was a fantastic vision, straight out of science fiction. But Page was making remarkable progress—except for the implant. When asked in early 2010 what will come next for search, he said that Google will know about your preferences and find you things that you don’t know about but want to know about. So even if you don’t know what you’re looking for, Google will tell you.”
Steven Levy, In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives
“central tenets of the Hacker Ethic: the free flow of information, particularly information that helped fellow hackers understand, explore, and build systems.”
Steven Levy, Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - 25th Anniversary Edition

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