Category Archives: Quotes

Edinburgh International Book Festival




I’m off to Edinburgh on Friday to speak at the Edinburgh festival (12.30 Saturday, Garden Theatre). I’m inclined to somehow weave in the following quote. “Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. … Continue reading






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Quote of the week (about digital culture)




After yesterday’s essay something short. “The complicated, ambiguous milieu of human contact is being replaced with simple, scalable equations. We maintain thousands more friends than any human being in history, but at the cost of complexity and depth.” Daniel. H. … Continue reading






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Quote of the Week




Apologies, holidays and a book launch, not to mention brainmail issue number 99 to be dealing with. Here’s a little gem I found in the newspapers last weekend. “Sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, dancing; all the things we like doing … Continue reading






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Man Vs. Machine: Gandhi




Don’t know how I managed to miss the thoughts of Gandhi on man versus machine, but I did… “The supreme consideration is man. The machine should not tend to make atrophied the limbs of man.” “What I object to is … Continue reading






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Are libraries kennels for underdogs?




I just has a flash of inspiration. Maybe. I’m supposed to be thinking about bookshops, but I keep getting drawn back to public libraries and a line has jumped into my head. “Libraries are kennels for underdogs.” BTW, book light … Continue reading






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London’s best thinking spaces?




Just been thinking about the best places in London to host a small discussion about the far future. Places that are inspiring and which open minds. I’ll come back on a short list of places soon. In the meantime a … Continue reading






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If something works, you’re not trying hard enough




I should have posted this a few weeks ago. There was a widely accepted story at my secondary school that this person had carved their original name into a school desk. Some people claimed to have found it. I never … Continue reading






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Quotes about Technology, Computers, AI, Robots and humans




Some quotes lifted from my forthcoming book Digital Vs. Human, including a great quote that didn’t quite make it. Opening quotes ‘The real problem of humanity is the following: we have palaeolithic emotions; medieval institutions; and god-like technology. And it … Continue reading






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Quote of the Week




“The more you put your life in the public domain, the smaller your life becomes. ” Kevin McCloud. (Daily Telegraph, 30 October 2015, P29)






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Solitude and thinking




“ In solitude you don’t need to make an impression on the world, so the world has some opportunity to make an impression on you.” I do like this quote, from a collection of stories exulting in solitude. The book … Continue reading






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