Futurism Quotes

Quotes tagged as "futurism" (showing 1-30 of 35)
William Gibson
“We have no future because our present is too volatile. We have only risk management. The spinning of the given moment's scenarios. Pattern recognition.”
William Gibson, Pattern Recognition

William Gibson
“Don't let the little fuckers generation gap you.”
William Gibson, Neuromancer

Woody Allen
“I foresee death by culture shock.”
Woody Allen

“Corruption ultimately guilts the corrupt, and it hardens the innocent who suffer as a result of it. It isn't the young who corrupt the old, rather it's the inverse.
The aim of the old should be to ensure that the young grow up incorruptible.”
Justin K. McFarlane Beau

Konstantin Tsiolkovsky
“Earth is the cradle of humanity, but one cannot live in a cradle forever.”
Konstantin Tsiolkovsky

Warren Ellis
“To be a futurist, in pursuit of improving reality, is not to have your face continually turned upstream, waiting for the future to come. To improve reality is to clearly see where you are, and then wonder how to make that better.”
Warren Ellis

Edward Teller
“Today's science is tomorrow's technology.”
Edward Teller, The Legacy Of Hiroshima

Ted Chiang
“The ray of light has to know where it will ultimately end up before it can choose the direction to begin moving in"

"Fermat's principle sounds weird because it describes light's behavior in goal-oriented terms. It sounds like a commandment to a light beam: "Thou shalt minimize or maximize the time taken to reach thy destination.”
Ted Chiang, Story of Your Life

M.C. Humphreys
“If you ask me what remains to be known in the future, I’ll say, ‘Memorize all the world’s encyclopedias.’ Once you do that, forget all that fancy junk and rake the leaves – else I’m gonna take a stick to you, boy.”
M.C. Humphreys

Edward Teller
“Today, nothing is unusual about a scientific discovery's being followed soon after by a technical application: The discovery of electrons led to electronics; fission led to nuclear energy. But before the 1880's, science played almost no role in the advances of technology. For example, James Watt developed the first efficient steam engine long before science established the equivalence between mechanical heat and energy.”
Edward Teller

“DREAMS are not only which you experienced in that sweet night behind the darkness,Dreams are your own,admire,wishing for your future sun rays.... :) :)”
Lav bamaniya

Bruce Sterling
“«“Looks like your sci-fi prediction came true right away, Xavier.”
“That can be gratifying,” mused the novelist. “But not all the time.”»”
Bruce Sterling, Love is Strange

“after having, for instance, reproduced in a picture the right shoulder or the right ear of a figure, we deem it totally vain and useless to reproduce the left shoulder or the left ear. We do not draw sounds, but their vibrating invervals. We do not paint diseases, but their symtoms and their consequences.”
Owen Jones Classics

“after having, for instance, reproduced in a picture the right shoulder or the right ear of a figure, we deem it totally vain and useless to reproduce the left shoulder or the left ear. We do not draw sounds, but their vibrating invervals. We do not paint diseases, but their symtoms and their consequences.”
F.T Marinetti

Annalee Newitz
“How many times had Paladin looked into this human face, its features animated by neurological impulse alone? He did not know. Even if he were to sort through his video memories and count them up one by one, he still didn't think he would have the right answer. But after today's mission, human faces would always look different to him. They would remind him of what it felt like to suffer, and to be relieved of suffering.”
Annalee Newitz, Autonomous

Charles Lee Lesher
“The road ahead is long and there will be many setbacks. Success is not assured… but the price of failure has never been this high.”
Charles Lee Lesher, Shadow on the Moon

“Localisation stands, at best, at the limits of practical possibility, but it has the decisive argument in its favour that there will be no alternative.”
David Fleming, Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It

William Gibson
“The Thirties had seen the first generation of American industrial designers; until the Thirties, all pencil sharpeners looked like pencil sharpeners—your basic Victorian mechanism, perhaps with a curlicue of decorative trim. After the advent of the designers, some pencil sharpeners looked as though they’d been put together in wind tunnels. For the most part, the change was only skin-deep; under the streamlined chrome shell, you’d find the same Victorian mechanism. Which made a certain kind of sense, because the most successful American designers had been recruited from the ranks of Broadway theater designers. It was all a stage set, a series of elaborate props for playing at living in the future.”
William Gibson

“There is no more precious currency than the unfettered liberty to explore while engaged in an "Idea Economy". You cannot centrally plan the "Idea Economy" any more than you can plan fun or spontaneity. Regulations are restraints in an "Idea Economy". The entrepreneur is either free to experiment or not.”
A.E. Samaan

C. JoyBell C.
“We live in a world that values words over thoughts. This is precisely why people talk all the time and don’t think! Which is more valuable? Thoughts or words? People may talk about doing something, every day, and end up never doing it because it is not in their thoughts! On the other hand, a person may think about doing something, every day, without speaking of it, and at the end of the day the job is done. The energy is saved as is executed in the final outcome. So which is more valuable? The thoughts of a man or the words of a man? The thoughts of a man are more valuable than his words, because the thoughts of a man are the contents of his mind! And it is the mind of man that makes a man and dictates a man! And so, why do we value words over mental telepathy? Why do we shy away from the notion of mind communication? Why do we value the communication of words over the communication of minds? Is it because most of you do not understand it? Well, you do not understand it because you are too busy talking and not thinking. Not thinking about anything. Here is the big question: Should a thought reader value the words of the man over his thoughts? Are the words spoken the truth or are the thoughts in the mind, the truth? You think about it. You decide.”
C. JoyBell C.

Victor Pelevin
“Новое искусство воз- никнет где-то на стыке технологий осознанного сна и гипноза. Художник будущего будет писать человеческие жизни. А потом предлагать – или заставлять других пережить во сне созданный им скрипт, превращая его в полноценный чувственный опыт. Грань между искус- ством и жизнью исчезнет полностью. Мало того, художник сделается подобным Богу. Он сможет решать, что, как и когда произойдет со зрителем, упаковывая в этот принудительный рисунок даже то, что кажется индивидууму всплесками его свободной воли...”
Виктор Пелевин

Chuck Klosterman
“I try to be rational (or at least my imaginary facsimile of what rationality is supposed to be). I try to look at the available data objectively (fully aware that this is impossible). I try to extrapolate what may be happening now into what will be happening later. And this, of course, is where naïve realism punches me in the throat. There's simply no way around the limited ceiling of my own mind. It's flat-out impossible to speculate on the future without (a) consciously focusing on the most obvious aspects of what we already know and (b) unconsciously excluding all the things we don't have the intellectual potential to grasp.”
Chuck Klosterman, But What If We're Wrong? Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past

“after having , for instance, reproduced in a picture the right shoulder or the right ear of a figure, we deem it totally vain and useless to reproduce the left shoulder or the left ear. We do not draw sounds, but their vibrating invervals. We do not paint diseases, but their symptoms and their consequences.”
F.T Marinetti

Warren Ellis
“There was a push, in the Sixties and Seventies, to rename science fiction as “speculative fiction” just to try and escape all that baggage. But the truth is that science fiction is like a big old pustule that burst open at the top of the 21st Century, and its muck got into everything. We now live in a world infused with science fiction. Little infections in everything.”
Warren Ellis

Filippo Tommaso Marinetti
“A new beauty has been added to the splendor of the world - the beauty of speed.”
Filippo Tommaso Marinetti

Cory Doctorow
“She was in the zone, a human copressor for a complex system that used machines as a nervous system to wire together the intelligence of a global crowd of people she loved with all her heart.”
Cory Doctorow, Walkaway

Jacob Morgan
“While many futurists and business leaders believe that robots and automation are taking jobs from humans, I believe that it's the humans who are takin the jobs away from robots.”
Jacob Morgan, The Employee Experience Advantage: How to Win the War for Talent by Giving Employees the Workspaces they Want, the Tools they Need, and a Culture They Can Celebrate

Filippo Tommaso Marinetti
“Our poetry is courage, audacity and revolt.”
Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Manifesti Futuristi

“Neo-China arrives from the future.”
Ccru, Ccru: Writings 1997-2003

Ellen Stellar
“They moved like shadows, almost flying across air. It took them literally a second to change their positions.”
Ellen Stellar, Kiran: The Warrior's Daughter

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