Progress quotes by Elbert Hubbard
Also aboutBeauty, Art, Work, Sacrifice, Society, People, Conservative
We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using Nature’s inexhaustible sources of energy - sun, wind and tide. I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that. Restlessness is discontent — and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man — and I will show you a failure.
Progress quotes by Stephen Hawking
Also aboutScience, Physics, Technology, Economics, Energy, Humanity, Mankind, Health, Medicine, Space
I would like nuclear fusion to become a practical power source. It would provide an inexhaustible supply of energy, without pollution or global warming. With genetic engineering, we will be able to increase the complexity of our DNA, and improve the human race. But it will be a slow process, because one will have to wait about 18 years to see the effect of changes to the genetic code. I believe in universal health care. And I am not afraid to say so. Computers double their performance every month. I think we have a good chance of surviving long enough to colonize the solar system. Science can lift people out of poverty and cure disease. That, in turn, will reduce civil unrest.
Despite all our gains in technology, product innovation and world markets, most people are not thriving in the organizations they work for. It's a fact that more people watch television and get their information that way than read books. I find new technology and new ways of communication very exciting and would like to do more in this field.
You can't just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they'll want something new. I have a great respect for incremental improvement, and I've done that sort of thing in my life, but I've always been attracted to the more revolutionary changes. I don't know why. Because they're harder. They're much more stressful emotionally. And you usually go through a period where everybody tells you that you've completely failed. You'll see more and more perfection of that - computer as servant. But the next thing is going to be computer as a guide or agent. First was the mouse. The second was the click wheel. And now, we're going to bring multi-touch to the market. And each of these revolutionary interfaces has made possible a revolutionary product - the Mac, the iPod and now the iPhone.
Progress quotes by Charles Darwin
Also aboutCivilization, Experience, Mankind, Science, Liberty, Delusion, Future, Psychology
As man advances in civilization, and small tribes are united into larger communities, the simplest reason would tell each individual that he ought to extend his social instincts and sympathies to all members of the same nation, though personally unknown to him. This point being once reached, there is only an artificial barrier to prevent his sympathies extending to the men of all nations and races. Freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual illumination of men’s minds which follows from the advance of science. False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often endure long; but false views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, for everyone takes a salutary pleasure in proving their falseness; and when this is done, one path towards error is closed and the road to truth is often at the same time opened. In the future I see open fields for more important researches. Psychology will be securely based on the foundation already laid by Mr. Herbert Spencer, that of the necessary acquirement of each mental power and capacity by graduation.
Progress quotes by Alan Turing
Also aboutInspiration, Science, Work, Perspective, Artificial intelligence, Computers
We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done. I believe that at the end of the century the use of words and general educated opinion will have altered so much that one will be able to speak of machines thinking without expecting to be contradicted. I believe that at the end of the century the use of words and general educated opinion will have altered so much that one will be able to speak of machines thinking without expecting to be contradicted.
Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine. The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence. You may live to see man-made horrors beyond your comprehension.
If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses. I see no advantage in these new clocks. They run no faster than the ones made 100 years ago. I invented nothing new. I simply assembled the discoveries of other men behind whom were centuries of work. Had I worked fifty or ten or even five years before, I would have failed. So it is with every new thing. Progress happens when all the factors that make for it are ready, and then it is inevitable. To teach that a comparatively few men are responsible for the greatest forward steps of mankind is the worst sort of nonsense.
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
(also aboutLife, Technology)
There is nothing that interests me more than medical research and the quest for better living facilities, and better health and better medical standards, not only in the United States, but throughout the world. This, to me is where we should be concentrating our greatest efforts. In fact, possibly – I might say that I feel it could be more important than some of the space activity. Howard Hughes
(also aboutScience, Medicine, Interest)
For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country. And not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change. And I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction. Michelle Obama
(also aboutPride, Society, Change, America, Fatherland)
If women want to ensure themselves a meaningful place in the future, they need to be among those determining how the technology will be used. They need to be among those deciding whether it will be the great leveler or simply serve to worsen social divisions. Anita Borg
(also aboutWomen, Feminism, Technology)
Progress quotes by Franklin D. Roosevelt
Also aboutCharity, Poverty, Society, Ambition, Nation, Unity, Individuality, Community, America
The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. In our personal ambitions we are individualists. But in our seeking for economic and political progress as a nation, we all go up or else all go down as one people. I do not look upon these United States as a finished product. We are still in the making.
Economic progress, in capitalist society, means turmoil. Capitalism inevitably and by virtue of the very logic of its civilization creates, educates and subsidizes a vested interest in social unrest. The essential point to grasp is that in dealing with capitalism we are dealing with an evolutionary process.
Progress quotes by William S. Burroughs
Also aboutInspiration, Achievements, People, Change, Artists, Technology
Man is an artifact designed for space travel. He is not designed to remain in his present biologic state any more than a tadpole is designed to remain a tadpole. Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact. The purpose of technology is not to confuse the brain but to serve the body.