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“ Investors, shrinking in number but growing in wealth and political influence, own the means of digital production. Everyone else is doing shift work and hoping they still have jobs tomorrow. ”— Alex Payne — Dear Marc Andreessen
“ [The word] "Natural"['s] most basic usage, to distinguish phenomena that exist only because of humankind from phenomena that don't, presumes that humans are somehow separate from nature, and our works are un- or non-natural when compared to, say, beavers or honeybees. When speaking of food, "natural" is even slipperier. ... In Canada, I could market corn as "natural" if I avoid adding or subtracting various things before selling it, but the corn itself is the result of thousands of years of selection by humans, from a plant that wouldn't exist without human intervention. ”— 10 Scientific Ideas That Scientists Wish You Would Stop Misusing
“ Our problem isn’t technical. It’s political and social. But we keep using the wrong tools. Because if cryptography doesn’t work you are just not using enough of it, right?— Shock and Awe at #30C3 | Nodes in a social network
We as a scene need to exit the shock cycle and start developing new utopias.
We have to understand that surveillance is not the enemy but the symptom of a global society being so afraid of the world that it sacrifices anything to anyone promising a certain level of control.
And that is where we stumble: Because where politicians promise control by surveillance and the force of law we try to promise the same thing by technology indistinguishable from magic. We follow the same narrative that others can sell a lot better than we can. ”
“ [The] wilful blindness of [people] convinced code will save the world just helps perpetuate a sexist, racist, classist environment where white guys with computer science degrees can continue jerking off other white guys with computer science degrees until millions of dollars fall in their laps and they can shout, “MERITOCRACY.” ”— Betabeat Reporter Jessica Roy Says Goodbye
“ Das nur nach Leistung beurteilen gemäß der Hackerethik anstatt nach „Aussehen, Alter, Herkunft, Spezies, Geschlecht oder gesellschaftliche[r] Stellung“ ist zwar ein netter Versuch, aber einer, der in einer Gesellschaft, die von diskriminierenden Strukturen durchzogen ist, natürlich nicht gegen Diskriminierung wirkt sondern diese reproduziert. ”— Chaos exClusion Club | sanczny
“ Without institutional innovation, the benefits of technological innovation are likely to remain hyperconcentrated at the top. It's a kind of trickle-down thinking to think that, by itself, technology equals prosperity.— America's (Really) Big Ideas Deficit | Umair Haque. On Global Prosperity.
Tech and institutions are complements. Just as the industrial revolution's steam engines and factories needed corporations and capital markets to get the most out of them, so the eudaimonic revolution's radical technologies will need equally radical new institutions to bring forth their maximum, most disruptive potential. ”
“ Society is a network, not a hierarchy. ...— We, the Web Kids - Pastebin.comInformation exists in motion. ...Being the users of the state, we are increasingly annoyed by its archaic interface. ...”It is our duty to protect the freedom [that made the web]. We owe it to next generations, just like the environment. ...What we want is genuine democracy. Democracy that, perhaps, is more than is dreamt of in your journalism.
“— Schneier on Security: Our Newfound Fear of Risk
The more we expect technology to protect us from people in the same way it protects us from nature, the more we will sacrifice the very values of our society. [...] Human beings adapt and you get less risk reduction than you'd expect -- and you also get more side effects, because we all adapt.”
“ Can you remember what it was like back when there weren't glowing holes of possibility everywhere you looked, in every hand, on every desk? The surface of one's surroundings was solid, opaque. Aside from the escape of a good book or magazine, you basically were stuck wherever you were. ”— The Delicate Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Khaela Maricich
“ Peer collaboration is an ancient tradition, with a history as rich and illustrious as the more commonly celebrated histories of states or markets. The Internet is the most visible recent achievement in that tradition. Society has long benefited from non-market forms of open collaboration, and there aren’t enough voices in the current political conversation reminding us of those benefits. For peer progressives, the Internet is a case-study and a role model. ”— stevenberlinjohnson.com: What Peer Progressives Really Believe
“ The Internet has shown us that the pool of people with talent far outnumbers the few with the background, connections, and wealth to get to a place in society where they can practice their talents professionally. ”— Professional Politicians Beware! | Rebooting the System Aaron Swartz RIP ;(
“ The Westphalian nation state comes with huge contradictions and paradoxes if you consider the extent of travel and communication today. A model that evolved to handle territorial boundaries in an age when it took two days to cover 100 km is bizarrely inappropriate in an age when it takes two days to span the antipodes. ”— 2512 - Charlie Stross
“ We can make Mars like Earth and live there. On a new planet. We can rocket to another world and build. Cities. Other rocket ships. We’ll— are you listening to me? Are you hearing the words that I’m saying? Why are you not excited about this?— On Being Martian | Michael Solana (via enki)
What I have discovered is: ... The philosophical root of objection to Mars is not concerned with Mars at all. People who stand opposed to Mars think we sort of suck.
A love of Mars is a belief in humanity’s potential, and destiny. ... We may think people are good or [not], but we uniformly believe that people have the potential to be amazing. We tend to forgive ourselves our distant pasts completely, to only concern ourselves with the present occasionally, and to dream about the future relentlessly.
This is the story that Icarus told and the Wright Brothers fixed. We may not be a creature made to fly, but we are something far greater. We are a creature made to dream. We are a creature made to become whatever we want to become. ... We have work to do. ”
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