Stuff I'm reading, looking at, listening to, quotes and other scraps.
If one meets a powerful person — Adolf Hitler, Joe Stalin or Bill Gates– ask them five questions:
- What power have you got?
- Where did you get it from?
- In whose interests do you exercise it?
- To whom are you accountable?
- And how can we get rid of you?
—Tony Benn, House of Commons in 2001
Bill Verplank on how interaction design used to be and Jack Schulze on how that mental map or model is redundant now
Lying about the future makes history
— Umberto Eco
“We shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us”
I think one of the things that really separates us from the high primates is that we’re tool builders. I read a study that measured the efficiency of locomotion for various species on the planet. The condor used the least energy to move a kilometer. And, humans came in with a rather unimpressive showing, about a third of the way down the list. It was not too proud a showing for the crown of creation. So, that didn’t look so good. But, then somebody at Scientific American had the insight to test the efficiency of locomotion for a man on a bicycle. And, a man on a bicycle, a human on a bicycle, blew the condor away, completely off the top of the charts.
And that’s what a computer is to me. What a computer is to me is it’s the most remarkable tool that we’ve ever come up with, and it’s the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.”
“When you cut into the present the future leaks out.”