Technological Progress Quotes

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Tyler Cowen
“...apart from the seemingly magical internet, life in broad material terms isn't so different from what it was in 1953...The wonders portrayed in THE JETSONS, the space-age television cartoon from the 1960s, have not come to pass...Life is better and we have more stuff, but the pace of change has slowed down compared to what people saw two or three generations ago.”
Tyler Cowen, The Great Stagnation: How America Ate All The Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History, Got Sick, and Will (Eventually) Feel Better

J.R.R. Tolkien
“The news today about "Atomic bombs" is so horrifying one is stunned. The utter folly of these lunatic physicists to consent to do such work for war-purposes: calmly plotting the destruction of the world! Such explosives in men's hands, while their moral and intellectual status is declining, is about as useful as giving out firearms to all inmates of a gaol and then saying that you hope "this will ensure peace" . . . Well we're in God's hands. And He does not look kindly on Babel-builders. (letter 102)”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien

John Cage
“Dad's oil dehydrator was a contained electrostatic field, one electrode down the center, the other the container's inner wall. Principal problem was finding a dielectric to separate the two. Refuse oil poured in came out as oil of the highest grade, dry chemicals, and drinking water. Petroleum Rectifying Company successfully prohibited its use.”
John Cage, M: Writings '67-'72

Rasheed Ogunlaru
“All the tools, techniques and technology in the world are nothing without the head, heart and hands to use them wisely, kindly and mindfully”
Rasheed Ogunlaru

Michael P. Naughton
“History's greatest composers would be appalled to hear their greatest works reduced to distorted hold music for businesses.”
Michael P. Naughton

[The] tremendous and still accelerating development of science and technology has not been accompanied by
“[The] tremendous and still accelerating development of science and technology has not been accompanied by an equal development in social, economic, and political patterns...We are now...only beginning to explore the potentialities which it offers for developments in our culture outside technology, particularly in the social, political and economic fields. It is safe to predict that...such social inventions as modern-type Capitalism, Fascism, and Communism will be regarded as primitive experiments directed toward the adjustment of modern society to modern methods”
Ralph Linton

Abhijit Naskar
“Letter to the tech giants:

When fame and abundance kiss somebody’s feet before that person is wise enough, he or she is very likely to lose track of what’s necessity and what’s luxury. And modern society is filled with examples of such intelligent stupidity – stupidity that is carried out by apparently smart humans. Because being smart is not the same as being wise. The world has enough smartness, but not enough wisdom to bring that smartness into proper productive practice – and I mean productive practice not sophisticated practice – there is a difference. A person smart enough to visualize a Falcon rocket engine can easily pinpoint the locations of various organizations that spread terrorism, yet the person chooses to explore the space further instead of prioritizing the technological advantages to first fix real issues of the human society that inflict harm to the humans every walk of the way.
The world is a miserable place not because we have lack of resources, but because those who have an abundance of resources do not have the slightest idea of true human need. The resources needed for colonizing Mars if put to proper practice can fix the world’s global warming issues – it can fix the world’s climate change issues – it can fix the world’s terrorism issues, yet people are more interested in the pompous idea of living in Mars for whatever reason, instead of paying attention to improving human condition on earth. I am not against technological advancement, for I am a scientist, but my soul aches when I see smart people are dumb enough to chase after illusory glory of doing something different and innovative instead of focusing the powers of their soul on cleaning up the misery business on earth. You can, yet you don’t. Why?
Smartness without wisdom is stupidity. You are smart – yes indeed – but I am sorry – you are stupid at the same time. How can you dream of having a cheese burger on Mars when your own kind on Earth is suffering! How can you think of taking rich kids into the orbit just so they can admire the beauty of earth from the heavens, when that very earth is infested with the primordial evils of human character! Awaken the human within you my friend, and pay attention. Awaken the human within and let it consume all the miseries from the world that you live in. Say a member of your family falls ill, would you ignore his or her misery completely just because you want to make life more comfortable for others than it already is, or would you first try everything in your capacity in order to heal your loved one!
Be wise my friend, for it is not enough to be smart. You are smart – there is no doubt about that – so utilize that smartness for humanity and heal your own kind. Heal your kind with your capacity my friend. It is wailing for healers – not some delusional faith healers, but real tangible healers. Would you not do anything! Would you not give your soul to fix the broken soul of this world! Arise my friend, Awake my friend and work for humanity, not to make it sophisticated, but to make it peaceful first. Remember, humanity first, then everything else. Peace first, sophistication later. Harmony first, luxury later.”
Abhijit Naskar

Rasheed Ogunlaru
“Advances in technology can be empowering, progressive and enriching. History has shown this across civilisations and societies. But it has also shown, and the present and future will continue to show, that it is foolish, risky, flawed and folly without us raising our individual and collective consciousness and mindfulness to accompany it - to ensure we use it shrewdly, kindly and wisely.”
Rasheed Ogunlaru

“All this is not to suggest that the growth in useful knowledge is leading us to a world of bliss. Athena's gifts were many: she gave King Cecrops the olive tree, but she also gave the city of Troy the wooden horse that led to its destruction. Technology makes people more powerful in exploiting nature, but how and for what purpose they do so remains indeterminate. If the twentieth century has shown us anything, it is that the capacity of humans for intolerance, stupidity, and selfishness has not declined as their technological power has increased.”
Joel Mokyr, The Gifts of Athena: Historical Origins of the Knowledge Economy

Asa Don Brown
“There are no restrictions or barriers for preventing someone from becoming an addict to a technological device.”
Asa Don Brown

J.R.R. Tolkien
“Well the first War of the Machines seems to be drawing to its final inconclusive chapter - leaving, alas, everyone the poorer, many bereaved or maimed and millions dead, and only one thing triumphant: the Machines. As the servants of the Machines are becoming a privileged class, the Machines are going to be enormously more powerful. (letter 96)”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien

Rasheed Ogunlaru
“Technology and innovation may aid, speed, support and even prolong the human race - but only love and compassion can save it.”
Rasheed Ogunlaru

“Here in Alpha City, we have a common saying: “What we call ‘sky’ is merely a figment of our narrative.” The most dreamy-eyed among us seem to adorn themselves and their aspirations in that proverb and you’ll see it everywhere: in advertisements on the sides of streetcars and auto-rickshaws, spelled out in studs and rhinestones on designer jackets, emblazoned in the intricate designs of facial tattoos—even painted on city walls by putrid vandals and inspiring street artists.

There is something glorious about kneading out into the doughy firmament the depth and breadth of one’s own universe, in rendering the contours of a sky whose limits are predicated only upon the bounds of one’s own imagination. The fact of the matter is that we cannot see the natural sky at all here. It is something like a theoretical mathematical expression: like the square-root of ‘negative one’—certainly it could be said to have a purpose for existing, but to cast eyes upon it, in its natural quantity, would be something akin to casting one’s eyes upon the raw elements comprising our everyday sustenance. How many of us have even borne close witness to the minute chemical compounds that react to lend battery power to our portable electronics? The sky is indeed such a concealed fixture now. It is fair to say that we have purged our memories of its true face and so we can only approximate a canvas and project our desires upon it to our heart’s dearest fancy. The most cynical among us would ostensibly declare it an unavoidable tragedy, but perhaps even these hardened individuals could not remember the naked sky well enough to know if what they were missing was something worthwhile. Perhaps, it’s cynical of me to say so! In any case, we have our searchlights pointed upwards and crisscrossing that expanse of heavens as though to make some sensational and profane joke of ourselves to the surrounding universe. We beam already video images of beauty pageants and dancing contests with smiling mannequins who look like buffoons. And so, the face of space cloaks itself behind our light pollution—in this respect, our mirrored sidewalks and lustrous streets do little to help our cause—and that face remains hidden from us in its jeering ridicule, its mocking laughter at this inexorable farce of human existence.”
Ashim Shanker

Eraldo Banovac
“The dynamic nature of knowledge is reflected in human progress and technological achievements.”
Eraldo Banovac

Pentti Linkola
“Jokaisella teknisellä keksinnöllään, juhlimallaan innovaatiolla, ihminen on tehnyt itseään tarpeettomaksi, pelannut itseään pois maailmasta. Viime vuosina kehitys on ollut räjähdysmäinen. Ihminen on onnistunut hävittää tuottaja, jalostaja, kuljettaja, jakelija ja palvelija. Kun saadaan vielä nitistetyksi kuluttaja, on kaikki ohi. Vähän aikaa vielä robottien kalinaa. Sitten suuri hiljaisuus.”
Pentti Linkola

Abhijit Naskar
“Peace first, sophistication later. Harmony first, luxury later.”
Abhijit Naskar

Abhijit Naskar
“Arise my friend, Awake my friend and work for humanity, not to make it sophisticated, but to make it peaceful first.”
Abhijit Naskar

Rasheed Ogunlaru
“There's little value in advancing technology if our consciousness, compassion, conversation and cooperation is regressing.”
Rasheed Ogunlaru

“Progress is not alone a matter of technology.”
C.Drying, Contingent Upon Magenta

“Progress is not alone a matter of technology.”
―C.Drying, Contingent Upon Magenta”
C.Drying

“Modern invention has been a great leveler. A machine may operate far more quickly than a political or economic measure to abolish privilege and wipe out the distinctions of class or finance.”
Ivor Brown

“You can get to oppression through regulation, especially in an "Idea Economy" which necessitates liberty of the mind to explore.”
A.E. Samaan

Rochelle Forrester
“The order of discovery concerning the materials in the human environment and of the technology that resulted from such discoveries was not haphazard or accidental. The order of discovery followed a logical order and an order that it had to follow. The easier discoveries were made before the harder discoveries; discoveries that were dependent upon prior discoveries being made, were only made after those discoveries; and inventions that were not economic or did not meet human needs were not made until they made economic sense or until a need arose. The course of human social and cultural history is written into the structure of the universe.”
Rochelle Forrester, How Change Happens: A Theory of Philosophy of History, Social Change and Cultural Evolution

Nicky Verd
“What you were taught 10-20 years ago is fast becoming obsolete. Upskill yourself and recreate your world”
Nicky Verd

Abhijit Naskar
“We need machines, but more than that we need humans who know how to use those machines for the greater good.”
Abhijit Naskar, Wise Mating: A Treatise on Monogamy

“We shouldn't confuse grief over the passing of our favorite technology with resentment because some digital alchemy failed to preserve analog experiences. Whether or not we admit it, the internet and its artifacts are not just like their cultural precedents. They're not even a rough translation -- or a strong misreading -- of those precedents.”
Virginia Heffernan, Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art

“Fears of robotics and technology arise, I think, from two human frailties. One is cognitive: we simply do not know what ­future technological change ­will be and thus cannot tell what new jobs will be created, what our ­future needs ­will be, or how raw materials ­will be used. The second is psychological: we get a thrill from fear of the unknown—in this case, the
scary and yet alluring prospect of metallic robots replacing flesh-­and-­blood workers on the factory floor.”
Branko Milanović, Capitalism, Alone: The Future of the System That Rules the World

Abhijit Naskar
“The reality is that AI is there to act as a supplement to human life and expand our capacities.”
Abhijit Naskar

Abhijit Naskar
“Health without progress is potential unused, whereas progress without health is potential abused.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Gospel of Technology