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Marc Goodman Just do it! Though I think Nike may have said that first, its absolutely true. If you've got something to say, just start writing. I spent a lot of…moreJust do it! Though I think Nike may have said that first, its absolutely true. If you've got something to say, just start writing. I spent a lot of time trying to find the perfect tools, the right computer, the right software, the right location in my home, the right inspiration. In the end, it just came down to actually writing. I lost a ton of time focusing on a lot of things that ended up not being too important at all while sacrificing the thing that was: writing. My brilliant agent gave me a tip: writers write. As trite as it sounds, it is true. Just find (or make) the time and start writing.

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“Google gets $59 billion, and you get free search and e-mail. A study published by the Wall Street Journal in advance of Facebook’s initial public offering estimated the value of each long-term Facebook user to be $80.95 to the company. Your friendships were worth sixty-two cents each and your profile page $1,800. A business Web page and its associated ad revenue were worth approximately $3.1 million to the social network. Viewed another way, Facebook’s billion-plus users, each dutifully typing in status updates, detailing his biography, and uploading photograph after photograph, have become the largest unpaid workforce in history. As a result of their free labor, Facebook has a market cap of $182 billion, and its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, has a personal net worth of $33 billion. What did you get out of the deal? As the computer scientist Jaron Lanier reminds us, a company such as Instagram—which Facebook bought in 2012—was not valued at $1 billion because its thirteen employees were so “extraordinary. Instead, its value comes from the millions of users who contribute to the network without being paid for it.” Its inventory is personal data—yours and mine—which it sells over and over again to parties unknown around the world. In short, you’re a cheap date.”
Marc Goodman, Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It

“If you control the code, you control the world. This is the future that awaits us.”
Marc Goodman, Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable, and What We Can Do About It

“If J. K. Rowling had written Harry Potter in Google Docs instead of Microsoft Word, she would have granted Google the worldwide rights to her work, the right to adapt or dramatize all the Muggles as Google saw fit, to say nothing of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Google would have retained the rights to sell her stories to Hollywood studios and to have them performed on stages around the world, as well as own all the translation rights. Had Rowling written her epic novel in Google Docs, she would have granted Google the rights to her $15 billion Harry Potter empire—all because the ToS say so.”
Marc Goodman, Future Crimes: How Our Radical Dependence on Technology Threatens Us All

“Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.”
Albert Einstein

“The future is already here – it's just not evenly distributed.

The Economist, December 4, 2003
William Gibson

“Technology is a queer thing; it brings you great gifts with one hand and it stabs you in the back with the other.”
Charles Percy Snow

“If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner.”
OMAR N. BRADLEY

“What I did in my youth is hundreds of times easier today. Technology breeds crime.”
Frank W. Abagnale




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