Im struck by the insidious computer driven tendency

I’m struck by the insidious, computer-driven tendency to take things out of the domain of muscular activity and put them into the domain of mental activity.  The transfer is not paying off.  Sure, muscles are unreliable, but they represent several million years of accumulated finesse.  ~Brian Eno, Wired, January 1999p176

Weve arranged a civilization in which most

We’ve arranged a civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology.  We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology.  This is a prescription for disaster.  We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.  ~Carl Sagan

Western society has accepted as unquestionable a

Western society has accepted as unquestionable a technological imperative that is quite as arbitrary as the most primitive taboo:  not merely the duty to foster invention and constantly to create technological novelties, but equally the duty to surrender to these novelties unconditionally, just because they are offered, without respect to their human consequences.  ~Lewis Mumford

Imagine that the telegraph is an immense

Imagine that the telegraph is an immense long dog – so long that its head is at Vienna and its tail is at Paris.  Well, tread on its tail, which is at Paris, and it will bark at Vienna.  ~Author unknown, published in Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 1866 August 28distorted over the years as a long cat and for various instruments, but this is the first documented use, see quoteinvestigator.com/2012/02/24/telegraph-cat; variant commonly misattributed to Albert Einstein: You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat.  (Thanks, Garson O’Toole of quoteinvestigator.com!)

Soon silence will have passed into legend

Soon silence will have passed into legend.  Man has turned his back on silence.  Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation…tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego.  His anxiety subsides.  His inhuman void spreads monstrously like a gray vegetation.  ~Jean Arp