Technology, giving the world the progress it needs so people can clap their hands when they want to turn on the lights.
The innovation in technology over the years has given humanity the abundant means to evolve. From the internet to smartphones to solar-powered cars, we’ve certainly come a long way from when the light bulb was invented in the late 19th century.
But as astounding as these technological enhancements are, there also comes the question of whether it slowly erases our values and every aspect that fuels our humanity.
For every technology created, whether it’s capitalism-driven or simply made to improve people’s lives, comes the risk of losing our human essence in the process. Considering our divided sentiments on both its importance and dangers, technology can brazenly be a double-edged sword. In the end, it’s up to us to maximize on its advantages.
Here are 30 technology quotes that could reflect your views on the world’s technological milestones.
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. – Buckminster Fuller
The iPod completely changed the way people approach music. – Karl Lagerfeld
Our technology forces us to live mythically. – Marshall McLuhan
The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn’t any other test. If the machine produces tranquility it’s right. If it disturbs you it’s wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed. – Robert M. Pirsig
A CD. How quaint. We have these in museums. – Eoin Colfer
One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. – Elbert Hubbard
All this modern technology just makes people try to do everything at once. – Bill Watterson
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. – Arthur C. Clarke
Devices are not dangerous for literature. People can be dangerous for literature. People, for example, who do not read. – László Krasznahorkai
All of the biggest technological inventions created by man – the airplane, the automobile, the computer – says little about his intelligence, but speaks volumes about his laziness. – Mark Kennedy
It’s supposed to be automatic, but actually you have to push this button. – John Brunner
Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards. – Aldous Huxley
Computers are useless. They can only give you answers. – Pablo Picasso
It’s still magic even if you know how it’s done. – Terry Pratchett
I think that novels that leave out technology misrepresent life as badly as Victorians misrepresented life by leaving out sex. – Kurt Vonnegut
It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity. – Albert Einstein
Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless. – Thomas Edison
You cannot endow even the best machine with initiative; the jolliest steamroller will not plant flowers. – Walter Lippmann
We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works. – Douglas Adams
The great myth of our times is that technology is communication. – Libby Larsen
Technology made large populations possible; large populations now make technology indispensable. – Joseph Krutch
This is the whole point of technology. It creates an appetite for immortality on the one hand. It threatens universal extinction on the other. Technology is lust removed from nature. – Don DeLillo
Technology is a word that describes something that doesn’t work yet. – Douglas Adams
The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers. – Sydney Harris
Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons. – R. Buckminster Fuller
Technology is anything that wasn’t around when you were born. – Alan Kay
If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner. – Omar Bradley
The human spirit must prevail over technology. – Albert Einstein
Even the technology that promises to unite us, divides us. Each of us is now electronically connected to the globe, and yet we feel utterly alone. – Dan Brown
Before you become too entranced with gorgeous gadgets and mesmerizing video displays, let me remind you that information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, and wisdom is not foresight. Each grows out of the other, and we need them all. – Arthur C. Clarke
Share these 30 technology quotes talking about the good and the absurd on technology’s impact in our lives.