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A DIGITAL ARTEFACT FOR 
EDCMOOC 3, NOV-DEC 2014
Utopian vs Dystopian 
Humanity vs Technology 
A “Quote-Unquote” Debate
A Presentation 
By 
Rajiv Bajaj
Dystopian Views
“It has become appallingly 
obvious that our 
technology has exceeded 
our humanity.” 
Albert Einstein
“Soon silence will 
have passed into 
legend. Man has 
turned his back on 
silence. Day after day 
he invents machines 
and devices that 
increase noise and 
distract humanity 
from the essence of 
life, contemplation, 
meditation.” 
Jean Arp
“Technological 
society has 
succeeded in 
multiplying 
the 
opportunities 
for pleasure, 
but it has 
great difficulty 
in generating 
joy.” 
Pope Paul VI
“Getting information off the Internet is like taking a 
drink from a fire hydrant.” - Mitchell Kapor
“The real 
problem 
is not 
whether 
machines 
think but 
whether 
men do.” 
B. F. 
Skinner
“The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless 
that for some people it is a complete substitute for 
life.” - Andrew Brown
“Men have become the 
tools of their tools.” 
Henry David Thoreau
“Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all 
the wrong reasons.”- R. Buckminster Fuller
“Technological progress has merely provided us with 
more efficient means for going backwards.” 
Aldous Huxley
“If we continue to develop our technology without 
wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be 
our executioner.” - Omar N. Bradley
“The world is very different now. For man holds in 
his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of 
human poverty, and all forms of human life.” 
John F. Kennedy
“The newest computer can merely compound, at 
speed, the oldest problem in the relations between 
human beings, and in the end the communicator will 
be confronted with the old problem, of what to say 
and how to say it.” - Edward R. Murrow
“The system of nature, of 
which man is a part, tends 
to be self-balancing, self-adjusting, 
self-cleansing. 
Not so with technology.” 
E. F. Schumacher
“The machine does not 
isolate man from the 
great problems of nature 
but plunges him more 
deeply into them.” 
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
“It's impossible to move, to live, to operate at any 
level without leaving traces, bits, seemingly 
meaningless fragments of personal information.” 
William Gibson
“A satellite has no 
conscience.” 
Edward R. Murrow
“What troubles me is the Internet and the electronic 
technology revolution. Shyness is fueled in part by so 
many people spending huge amounts of time alone, 
isolated on e-mail, in chat rooms, which reduces 
their face-to-face contact with other people.” 
Philip Zimbardo
“We are in an age of technology where we sit in our 
little cubicles and we IM each other and Skype each 
other and never connect as human beings.” 
Sarah McLachlan
“Technology can be our best 
friend, and technology can 
also be the biggest party 
pooper of our lives. It 
interrupts our own story, 
interrupts our ability to have 
a thought or a daydream, to 
imagine something 
wonderful, because we're 
too busy bridging the walk 
from the cafeteria back to 
the office on the cell phone.” 
Steven Spielberg
“We have also arranged 
things so that almost no 
one understands science 
and technology. This is a 
prescription for disaster. 
We might get away with 
it for a while, but sooner 
or later this combustible 
mixture of ignorance 
and power is going to 
blow up in our faces.” 
Carl Sagan
“We already have - thanks to 
technology, development, skills, the 
efficiency of our work - enough 
resources to satisfy all human needs. 
But we don't have enough 
resources, and we are unlikely ever 
to have, to satisfy human greed.” 
Zygmunt Bauman
“If you think technology can solve your security 
problems, then you don't understand the problems 
and you don't understand the technology.” 
Bruce Schneier
“We're in a new world. We're in a world in which the 
possibility of terrorism, married up with technology, 
could make us very, very sorry that we didn't act.” 
Condoleezza Rice
“Technology is, of course, a double edged sword. Fire 
can cook our food but also burn.” 
Jason Silva
Utopian Views
“Technology is nothing. What's important is that you 
have a faith in people, that they're basically good 
and smart, and if you give them tools, they'll do 
wonderful things with them.” - Steve Jobs
“I have an 
almost religious 
zeal... not for 
technology per 
se, but for the 
Internet which is 
for me, the 
nervous system 
of mother Earth, 
which I see as a 
living creature, 
linking up.” - 
Dan Millman
“The number one benefit 
of information 
technology is that it 
empowers people to do 
what they want to do. It 
lets people be creative. It 
lets people be 
productive. It lets people 
learn things they didn't 
think they could learn 
before, and so in a sense 
it is all about potential.” 
Steve Ballmer
“What new technology does is create 
new opportunities to do a job that 
customers want done.” - Tim O'Reilly
“The most important thing we can do is inspire 
young minds and to advance the kind of science, 
math and technology education that will help 
youngsters take us to the next phase of space travel.” 
John Glenn
“There is a huge need 
and a huge opportunity 
to get everyone in the 
world connected, to 
give everyone a voice 
and to help transform 
society for the future.” 
Mark Zuckerberg
“We humans have a 
love-hate relationship 
with our technology. 
We love each new 
advance and we hate 
how fast our world is 
changing... The 
robots really embody 
that love-hate 
relationship we have 
with technology.” 
Daniel H. Wilson
“In education, 
technology can be a 
life-changer, a game 
changer, for kids who 
are both in school and 
out of school. 
Technology can bring 
textbooks to life. The 
Internet can connect 
students to their peers 
in other parts of the 
world. It can bridge the 
quality gaps.” 
Queen Rania of Jordan
“Modern 
technology has 
become a total 
phenomenon for 
civilization, the 
defining force of 
a new social 
order in which 
efficiency is no 
longer an option 
but a necessity 
imposed on all 
human activity.” 
Jacques Ellul
“There are no morals 
about technology at all. 
Technology expands our 
ways of thinking about 
things, expands our 
ways of doing things. If 
we're bad people we 
use technology for bad 
purposes and if we're 
good people we use it 
for good purposes.” 
Herbert Simon
“Good, bad or indifferent, if you are not investing in 
new technology, you are going to be left behind.” 
Philip Green
“Civilization advances by extending the number of 
important operations which we can perform without 
thinking of them.” - Alfred North Whitehead
“Stone Age. Bronze Age. Iron Age. We define entire 
epics of humanity by the technology they use.” 
Reed Hastings
“Our technology, our machines, is part of our 
humanity. We created them to extend ourselves, and 
that is what is unique about human beings.” 
Ray Kurzweil
“There's no question that as science, knowledge and 
technology advance, that we will attempt to do more 
significant things. And there's no question that we 
will always have to temper those things with ethics.” 
Benjamin Carson
“If you look at the various strategies available for 
dealing with a new technology, sticking your head 
in the sand is not the most plausible strategy.” 
Ralph Merkle
“Everyone seems to 
think that digital 
technology devoids the 
medium of content, but 
that is not true at all. If 
anything, it broadens 
the content.” 
George Lucas
“People use technology only to mean digital 
technology. Technology is actually everything we 
make.” - Margaret Atwood
“All art is 
dependent on 
technology 
because it's a 
human 
endeavour, so 
even when 
you're using 
charcoal on a 
wall or designed 
the proscenium 
arch, that's 
technology.” - 
George Lucas
“I really believe that we don't have to make a trade-off 
between security and privacy. I think technology 
gives us the ability to have both.” 
John Poindexter
“Sharing is good, and with digital technology, sharing 
is easy.” - Richard Stallman
“Like all technology, social media is neutral but is 
best put to work in the service of building a better 
world.” - Simon Mainwaring
“Everybody has to be able to participate in a future 
that they want to live for. That's what technology 
can do.” - Dean Kamen
“You have to learn how to harness technology so you 
can use it for positive stuff without being 
disconnected from nature.” 
Talib Kweli
And My Take 
On This Debate 
? 
Best summed 
up in words of 
Steve Martin…
“I love technology, and 
I love science. It's just 
always all in the way 
you use it. 
You can't really blame 
anything on the 
technology. 
It's just the way people 
use it, and it always 
has been.” 
Steve Martin
And The Debate Goes On....
Acknowledgements 
Brainy Quotes – www.brainyquotes.com 
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Audio: 
Path To Follow by Jingle Punks 
(From YouTube Free Library, Shared under creative commons license) 
Presentation for non-commercial, educational purpose only. No 
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Humanity Vs Technology - A "Quote-Unquote" Debate #edcmooc

  • 1. A DIGITAL ARTEFACT FOR EDCMOOC 3, NOV-DEC 2014
  • 2. Utopian vs Dystopian Humanity vs Technology A “Quote-Unquote” Debate
  • 3. A Presentation By Rajiv Bajaj
  • 5. “It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.” Albert Einstein
  • 6. “Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation.” Jean Arp
  • 7. “Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for pleasure, but it has great difficulty in generating joy.” Pope Paul VI
  • 8. “Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant.” - Mitchell Kapor
  • 9. “The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.” B. F. Skinner
  • 10. “The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life.” - Andrew Brown
  • 11. “Men have become the tools of their tools.” Henry David Thoreau
  • 12. “Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons.”- R. Buckminster Fuller
  • 13. “Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.” Aldous Huxley
  • 14. “If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner.” - Omar N. Bradley
  • 15. “The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life.” John F. Kennedy
  • 16. “The newest computer can merely compound, at speed, the oldest problem in the relations between human beings, and in the end the communicator will be confronted with the old problem, of what to say and how to say it.” - Edward R. Murrow
  • 17. “The system of nature, of which man is a part, tends to be self-balancing, self-adjusting, self-cleansing. Not so with technology.” E. F. Schumacher
  • 18. “The machine does not isolate man from the great problems of nature but plunges him more deeply into them.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • 19. “It's impossible to move, to live, to operate at any level without leaving traces, bits, seemingly meaningless fragments of personal information.” William Gibson
  • 20. “A satellite has no conscience.” Edward R. Murrow
  • 21. “What troubles me is the Internet and the electronic technology revolution. Shyness is fueled in part by so many people spending huge amounts of time alone, isolated on e-mail, in chat rooms, which reduces their face-to-face contact with other people.” Philip Zimbardo
  • 22. “We are in an age of technology where we sit in our little cubicles and we IM each other and Skype each other and never connect as human beings.” Sarah McLachlan
  • 23. “Technology can be our best friend, and technology can also be the biggest party pooper of our lives. It interrupts our own story, interrupts our ability to have a thought or a daydream, to imagine something wonderful, because we're too busy bridging the walk from the cafeteria back to the office on the cell phone.” Steven Spielberg
  • 24. “We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.” Carl Sagan
  • 25. “We already have - thanks to technology, development, skills, the efficiency of our work - enough resources to satisfy all human needs. But we don't have enough resources, and we are unlikely ever to have, to satisfy human greed.” Zygmunt Bauman
  • 26. “If you think technology can solve your security problems, then you don't understand the problems and you don't understand the technology.” Bruce Schneier
  • 27. “We're in a new world. We're in a world in which the possibility of terrorism, married up with technology, could make us very, very sorry that we didn't act.” Condoleezza Rice
  • 28. “Technology is, of course, a double edged sword. Fire can cook our food but also burn.” Jason Silva
  • 30. “Technology is nothing. What's important is that you have a faith in people, that they're basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they'll do wonderful things with them.” - Steve Jobs
  • 31. “I have an almost religious zeal... not for technology per se, but for the Internet which is for me, the nervous system of mother Earth, which I see as a living creature, linking up.” - Dan Millman
  • 32. “The number one benefit of information technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive. It lets people learn things they didn't think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all about potential.” Steve Ballmer
  • 33. “What new technology does is create new opportunities to do a job that customers want done.” - Tim O'Reilly
  • 34. “The most important thing we can do is inspire young minds and to advance the kind of science, math and technology education that will help youngsters take us to the next phase of space travel.” John Glenn
  • 35. “There is a huge need and a huge opportunity to get everyone in the world connected, to give everyone a voice and to help transform society for the future.” Mark Zuckerberg
  • 36. “We humans have a love-hate relationship with our technology. We love each new advance and we hate how fast our world is changing... The robots really embody that love-hate relationship we have with technology.” Daniel H. Wilson
  • 37. “In education, technology can be a life-changer, a game changer, for kids who are both in school and out of school. Technology can bring textbooks to life. The Internet can connect students to their peers in other parts of the world. It can bridge the quality gaps.” Queen Rania of Jordan
  • 38. “Modern technology has become a total phenomenon for civilization, the defining force of a new social order in which efficiency is no longer an option but a necessity imposed on all human activity.” Jacques Ellul
  • 39. “There are no morals about technology at all. Technology expands our ways of thinking about things, expands our ways of doing things. If we're bad people we use technology for bad purposes and if we're good people we use it for good purposes.” Herbert Simon
  • 40. “Good, bad or indifferent, if you are not investing in new technology, you are going to be left behind.” Philip Green
  • 41. “Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking of them.” - Alfred North Whitehead
  • 42. “Stone Age. Bronze Age. Iron Age. We define entire epics of humanity by the technology they use.” Reed Hastings
  • 43. “Our technology, our machines, is part of our humanity. We created them to extend ourselves, and that is what is unique about human beings.” Ray Kurzweil
  • 44. “There's no question that as science, knowledge and technology advance, that we will attempt to do more significant things. And there's no question that we will always have to temper those things with ethics.” Benjamin Carson
  • 45. “If you look at the various strategies available for dealing with a new technology, sticking your head in the sand is not the most plausible strategy.” Ralph Merkle
  • 46. “Everyone seems to think that digital technology devoids the medium of content, but that is not true at all. If anything, it broadens the content.” George Lucas
  • 47. “People use technology only to mean digital technology. Technology is actually everything we make.” - Margaret Atwood
  • 48. “All art is dependent on technology because it's a human endeavour, so even when you're using charcoal on a wall or designed the proscenium arch, that's technology.” - George Lucas
  • 49. “I really believe that we don't have to make a trade-off between security and privacy. I think technology gives us the ability to have both.” John Poindexter
  • 50. “Sharing is good, and with digital technology, sharing is easy.” - Richard Stallman
  • 51. “Like all technology, social media is neutral but is best put to work in the service of building a better world.” - Simon Mainwaring
  • 52. “Everybody has to be able to participate in a future that they want to live for. That's what technology can do.” - Dean Kamen
  • 53. “You have to learn how to harness technology so you can use it for positive stuff without being disconnected from nature.” Talib Kweli
  • 54. And My Take On This Debate ? Best summed up in words of Steve Martin…
  • 55. “I love technology, and I love science. It's just always all in the way you use it. You can't really blame anything on the technology. It's just the way people use it, and it always has been.” Steve Martin
  • 56. And The Debate Goes On....
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  • 58. Acknowledgements Brainy Quotes – www.brainyquotes.com Image Sources: Morgue File – www.morguefile.com Google Images Wikimedia Commons Images Audio: Path To Follow by Jingle Punks (From YouTube Free Library, Shared under creative commons license) Presentation for non-commercial, educational purpose only. No copyright infringements intended. All rights of the images used are vested with their respective owners.