Sunday, December 11, 2011

Thought for the Day

. . . I am not sure whether computers are just tools. When you look
at your iPhone to get directions, are you asking the phone where 
to go or is the phone telling you where to go? You cannot draw 
a strict line between active and passive information exchange. . . .
~ George Dyson*

* Quoted from Martin Eiermann's fascinating interview with George Dyson at The European, October 17, 2011

George Dyson (b. 1953), Science Historian, Contributor to Edge, Author of Daidarka: The Kayak (Alaska Northwest Books, 1986), Darwin Among the Machines (Helix Books, 1998), Project Orion (2002, 2003), and Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe (Pantheon, forthcoming in 2012)

George Dyson on Project Orion at TED


Kathleen said...

Thinking about it!!

Louise Gallagher said...

Me too! Thinking about it. (I really really like my iPhone -- and I think it likes me too! :))

Hannah Stephenson said...

Me too....I'm pretty sure my computer and phone are often telling me what do.

Anonymous said...

Even as an artist, i find that it's always hard to know where to draw the line.

packers and movers shimla said...

yp same is the case here. even my clothes talks to me.