1. 10

    Electronic communication is an instantaneous and illusory contact that creates a sense of intimacy without the emotional investment that leads to close friendships.

  2. 9

    We'll soon buy books and newspapers straight over the Internet. Uh, sure.

  3. 8

    The Internet is a telephone system that's gotten uppity.

  4. 7

    Minds think with ideas, not information No amount of data, bandwidth, or processing power can substitute for inspired thought.

  5. 6

    The Internet is a perfect diversion from learning... it opens many doors that lead to empty rooms.

  6. 5

    Data isn't information, any more than fifty tons of cement is a skyscraper.

  7. 4

    The information highway is being sold to us as delivering information, but what it's really delivering is data... Unlike data, information has utility, timeliness, accuracy, a pedigree... Editors serve as barometers of quality, and most of an editor's time is spent saying no.

  8. 3

    The first time you do something, it's science. The second time, it's engineering. The third time, it's just being a technician. I'm a scientist. Once I do something, I want to do something else.

  9. 2

    If you really want to know about the future, don't ask a technologist, a scientist, a physicist. No! Don't ask somebody who's writing code. No, if you want to know what society's going to be like in 20 years, ask a kindergarten teacher.

  10. 1

    Treat your password like your toothbrush. Don't let anybody else use it, and get a new one every six months.

  11. Last Update: 28 January 2023

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