On Appropriate Technology:
". . . technology of production by the masses, making use of the best
of modern knowledge and experience, conducive to decentralization, compatible
with laws of ecology, gentle in its use of scarce resources, and designed
to serve the human person instead of making him the servant of machines."
*E. F. Schumacher, Small Is Beautiful
"When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think
only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution
is not beautiful, I know it is wrong."
*R. Buckminster Fuller, Praise for Sustainable Sources
"This is the patent age of new inventions/ For killing bodies, and for
saving souls/ All propagated with the best intentions."
*Lord Byron, 1824
"...the primary responsibility for sifting out unpatentable material
lies in the Patent Office. To await litigation is -for all practical purpose-
to debilitate the patent system. We have observed a notorious difference
between the standards applied by the Patent Office and by the courts."
*U.S. Supreme Court, Graham v. John Deere, 1966
"You will in your business ultimately go out of business. You
can do it yourself in organic ways by shaping your business with new products.
Or somebody else will do it for you. It is only a matter of time."
*Harvey Golub, CEO of American Express
"Learning is not compulsory ... neither is survival."
*W. Edwards Deming
"640K [storage] ought to be enough for anybody."
*Bill Gates, 1981
"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
*Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
*Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943
"The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who
would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?"
*David Sarnoff's associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio, 1920s
"This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered
as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value
*Western Union internal memo, 1876
"R&D management training, why do I need to go on R&D management
training? I have a Ph.D. in physics".
*Senior R&D manager, Canadian government agency
"Inventing is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration."
"Concern for man himself and his fate must always form the chief interest
of all technical endeavors, concern for the great unsolved problems of
the organization of labor and the distribution of goods--in order that
the creations of our mind shall be a blessing and not a curse to Mankind.
Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations."
*Albert Einstein, address to Caltech, 1931
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