Stewart Brand didn’t just happen to be around when the personal computer came into being; he’s the one who put “personal” and “computer” together in the same sentence and introduced the concept to the world. He wasn’t just a member of the world’s first open online community, the Well; he co-founded it. And he wasn’t just another of those 60s acid casualties; he was the definitive 60s acid casualty. Well, not casualty exactly, but he was there taking LSD in the days when it was still legal, with the most famous hipster of them all, Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters.
For nearly five decades, Stewart Brand has been hanging around the cutting edge of whatever is the most cutting thing of the day. Largely because he’s discovered it and become fascinated with it long before anyone else has even noticed it but, in retrospect, it does make him seem like the west coast’s answer to Zelig, the Woody Allen character who just happens to pop up at key moments in history. Because no one pops up like Stewart Brand pops up, right there, just on the cusp of something momentous.
I am the way of the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6
During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.George Orwell
A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing. Albert Camus
The graceful pride of truth knows no extremes, and preserves, in every latitude of life, the right-angled character of man. Thomas Paine
If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.Mark Twain
The only people mad at you for speaking the truth are those living a lie. Keep speaking it.Gaskina Jr.
The way of truth is along the path of intellectual sincerity. Henry Smith Pritchett
I think track records are very important. If you start early trying to have a perfect one in some simple thing like honesty, you’re well on your way to success in this world. Charlie Munger, Vice Chaiman, Berkshire & Hathaway
When things are not going well, until you get the truth out on the table, no matter how ugly, you are not in a position to deal with it. Bob Seelert, Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide (New York)
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed, second it is violently opposed, and third, it is accepted as self-evident. Arthur Schopenhauer
The truth at any cost reduces all other costs. Robert Steele
Other Quotations Representative of Our Perspective:
The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money. Alexis de Tocqueville
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.Buckminster Fuller
A Nation’s best defense is an educated citizenry. Thomas Jefferson
Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty. Thomas Jefferson
I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of Constitutional power. Thomas Jefferson
Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. James Madison
The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty. James Madison
When a nation begins to think, it is impossible to hold it back. Voltaire
The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virftues make them vulnerable: they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed. Ernest Hemingway
A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else. Fedor Dostoevsky
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead
Top managers’ information is invariably either biased, subjecive, filtered or late. . . . Using intelligence correctly requires a fundamental change in the way top executives make decisions. Ben Gilad
The danger is, you’ll become like a moron. You’ll become incapable of learning from most people in the world, no matter how much experience they have in their particular areas that may be much greater than yours” [because of your blind faith in the value of your narrow and often incorrect secret information]. Daniel Ellsberg speaking to Henry Kissinger
The maintenance of secrets acts like a psychic poison which alienates the possessor from the community. Carl Jung
When truth is replaced by silence, the silence is a lie. Yevgeny Yevtushenko
Information is a substitute for time, space, capital, and labor. Alvin Toffler
The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. Martin Luther King II
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Dr Bostrom believes we’ve entered a new kind of technological era with the capacity to threaten our future as never before. These are “threats we have no track record of surviving”.
Lack of control
Likening it to a dangerous weapon in the hands of a child, he says the advance of technology has overtaken our capacity to control the possible consequences.
Experiments in areas such as synthetic biology, nanotechnology and machine intelligence are hurtling forward into the territory of the unintended and unpredictable.
Synthetic biology, where biology meets engineering, promises great medical benefits. But Dr Bostrom is concerned about unforeseen consequences in manipulating the boundaries of human biology.
Nanotechnology, working at a molecular or atomic level, could also become highly destructive if used for warfare, he argues. He has written that future governments will have a major challenge to control and restrict misuses.
There are also fears about how artificial or machine intelligence interact with the external world.
Such computer-driven “intelligence” might be a powerful tool in industry, medicine, agriculture or managing the economy.
But it also can be completely indifferent to any incidental damage.