Einstein was right

Albert Einstein:

“I fear the day when the technology overlaps with our humanity. The world will only have a generation of idiots.”

14 Responses to “Einstein was right”

  1. Mark in Mayenne October 18, 2012 at 16:21 Permalink

    Anyone remember the 10cc album cover with everyone on the phone?

  2. james wilson October 18, 2012 at 16:47 Permalink

    “It is believed by some that modern society will be always changing its aspect; for myself, I fear that it will ultimately be too invariably fixed in the same institutions, the same prejudices, the same manners, so that mankind will be stopped and circumscribed; that the mind will swing backwards and forwards forever without begetting fresh ideas; that man will waste his strength in bootless and solitary trifling, and, though in continual motion, that humanity will cease to advance.”

  3. James Higham October 18, 2012 at 16:56 Permalink

    Mark:

    http://hagforsmusic.blogspot.co.uk/2008/08/special-double-post-part-2.html

    James:

    That’s tellin’ ‘em.

  4. BobG October 18, 2012 at 17:40 Permalink

    I see it as a sad comment on interactions between people, and also their lack of manners.

  5. Mark in Mayenne October 18, 2012 at 18:53 Permalink

    Thanks for the link James, but that wasn’t the actual picture I was thinking of. Perhaps it’s not 10cc or maybe it’s a back cover. There was a whole heap of people at a party, every one on the phone. The old-fashioned wired fixed line type….

  6. IanPJ October 18, 2012 at 21:43 Permalink

    James,
    The real idiots are not these kids, as singularly minded as they may be with their mobile communications devises, but those who have allowed the technology to rob them of their ability to make rational and discretionary human decisions.

    I think of government, I think of law enforcement, insurance companies, banks, local government, and officious little twerps wherever you find them, who all chant the mantra “computer says no” or “I have to follow the process”. You meet them every time you engage with officialdom or big business.

    It is they who are the idiots, for having given up their humanity, their own thought processes, their own discretion – to machines – often for little more than a quick buck.

  7. Wolfie October 18, 2012 at 22:41 Permalink

    Boomer Children.

    What did we expect?

  8. CherryPie October 18, 2012 at 22:50 Permalink

    Indoctrination also comes into play…

  9. Daniel October 19, 2012 at 08:26 Permalink

    It’s their parents, too busy with other stuff!

  10. John Morgan October 23, 2012 at 15:28 Permalink

    The thing about mobile devices is users are usually unaware of what and who is around them. They are likely to get in your way, but not likely to say good morning.
    A lack of communication device!
    It is unfortunate Daniel your parents are always “busy with other stuff”
    I wish our kids wanted to see us more.
    They tell the world what they are doing, using Facebook or Twitter but don’t let us know much about anything.

  11. James Higham October 23, 2012 at 18:22 Permalink

    All true.

  12. haiku October 23, 2012 at 21:29 Permalink

    I was at a restaurant for dinner a few months ago.

    The next table had six – average age around 30 – seated, five of whom were chatting on their cell-phones. The sixth was simply looking bored.

    Why bother going out at all ?

  13. Ray October 27, 2012 at 01:19 Permalink

    Very much seduced like the “Orgasmatron”. Scientist: “Miles, we need you to start the revolution!” Miles: “Why Me?”
    Scientist: “Miles, you’re the only one the government doesn’t have a number on. Don’t you see? The government doesn’t know who you are!”
    “The Sleeper”

  14. JoAnne Age 78 October 29, 2012 at 14:44 Permalink

    We visit with friends, Go to family get togethers, camping,fishing, picnics, kayaking, play cards with friends, work in the garden, go to special events, spend all holidays with our grand kids and their children. We do not have time for Twitter, Face Book, or Texting. Do we miss it? We ahve a very full and busy life with face to face conversations, love and laughter.

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