I saw a group of five people wearing Google Glass, all silently staring off into space. I couldn’t tell if they were wirelessly having a conversation through their eyeballs, or just bored by the presence of real humans in front of them
I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.
— Frida Kahlo (via theonlymagicleftisart)
To create a culture of innovation in their organization or city, not to create a place with more new innovative ideas, but a place where more of the innovative people and ideas they do have can land on good ground.
Schmidt: These are people just like us. They’re trapped in a bad system, but they are human beings. They have the same perfection and brilliance and foibles and intuition and that we do. So the sooner we can get them the tools to get themselves organized, to get the corruption addressed, to get the healthcare better, the better off we’re all going to be.
The web is more a social creation than a technical one. I designed it for a social effect—to help people work together… We clump into families, associations, and companies. We develop trust across the miles and distrust around the corner…We all have to ensure that the society we build with the Web is of the sort we intend.
— Tim Berners-Lee
As long as the assumed purpose of media is to allow ordinary people to consume professionally created material, the proliferation of amateur-created stuff will seem incomprehensible. What amateurs do is so, well, unprofessional—lolcats as a kind of low-grade substitute for the Cartoon Network. But what if, all this time, providing professional content isn’t the only job we’ve been hiring media to do? What if we’ve also been hiring it to make us feel connected, engaged, or just less lonely? What if we’ve always wanted to produce as well as consume, but no one offered us that opportunity?
— Clay Shirky (via restreitinho)