A computer would deserve to be called intelligent if it could deceive a human into believing that it was human.— Alan Turing
Provocative Computational quotations
One day ladies will take their computers for walks in the park and tell each other, "My little computer said such a funny thing this morning".
No amount of outer technology, no amount of computers and biotechnology and nanotechnology is going to stop the continuation of warfare and racism and environmental destruction. What's called for on the Earth at this time is really a change of heart ... the question is really not the future of humanity, but the presence of eternity.
Now is the time to know that all that you do is sacred.
.. Now is the time for you to deeply compute the impossibility that there is anything but grace.
The best computer is a man, and it’s the only one that can be mass-produced by unskilled labor.
Many of our own people here in this country do not ask about computers, telephones and television sets. They ask - when will we get a road to our village.
Young man, in mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.
Don't try to be like Jackie. There is only one Jackie. Study computers instead.
Learning is never done without errors and defeat.
A computer is like air conditioning - it becomes useless when you open Windows
Nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says, ‘It can’t be done.’
All we can do when we think of kids today is think of more hours of school, earlier age at the computer, and curfews. Who would want to grow up in that world?
Most of the good programmers do programming not because they expect to get paid or get adulation by the public, but because it is fun to program.
Companies spend millions of dollars on firewalls and secure access devices, and it's money wasted because none of these measures address the weakest link in the security chain: the people who use, administer and operate computer systems
When I was nine, ten, I was super young, but I installed a program on my computer so I could start producing music.
The only way to learn a new programming language is by writing programs in it.
The cloning of humans is on most of the lists of things to worry about from Science, along with behaviour control, genetic engineering, transplanted heads, computer poetry and the unrestrained growth of plastic flowers.
This is a very exciting time in the world of information.
It`s not just that the personal computer has come along as a great tool. The whole pace of business is moving faster. Globalization is forcing companies to do things in new ways.
If debugging is the process of removing software bugs, then programming must be the process of putting them in.
Java is C++ without the guns, clubs and knives.
Even the best designers produce successful products only if their designs solve the right problems. A wonderful interface to the wrong features will fail.
In the new computer age, the proliferation of typefaces and type manipulations represents a new level of visual pollution threatening our culture. Out of thousands of typefaces, all we need are a few basic ones, and trash the rest.
C makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot;
C++ makes it harder, but when you do it blows your whole leg off.
My computer beat me at checkers, but I sure beat it at kickboxing.
Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place.
Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are, by definition, not smart enough to debug it.
The most amazing achievement of the computer software industry is its continuing cancellation of the steady and staggering gains made by the computer hardware industry.
Electronic aids, particularly domestic computers, will help the inner migration, the opting out of reality. Reality is no longer going to be the stuff out there, but the stuff inside your head. It's going to be commercial and nasty at the same time.
Let's stick to the practical and the concrete: Would you like it if people lived in a virtual world? If machines were smarter than people? If, in the future, people, animals and plants were products of technology? If you don't like these ideas, then for you the computer and biological sciences clearly are dangerous.
It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.
The danger from computers is not that they will eventually get as smart as men, but we will meanwhile agree to meet them halfway.
We must rapidly begin the shift from a "thing-oriented" society to a "person-oriented" society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.
Diaspora starts about a thousand years from now.
Most of human civilisation has moved inside computers; essentially, a major branch of our descendants consists of conscious software.
It's hardware that makes a machine fast. It's software that makes a fast machine slow.