— Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
Quelle: The Importance of Being Earnest
— Roger Ebert American film critic, author, journalist, and TV presenter 1942 - 2013
Review http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-sleepy-time-gal-2002 of The Sleepy Time Gal (22 November 2002)
Reviews, Three-and-a-half star reviews
— Étienne Gilson French historian and philosopher 1884 - 1978
„I was once interviewed in Italy and the headline of the interview the next day was wonderful. I saved this for my collection it was… "YES we have a soul but it's made of lots of tiny robots" and I thought that's exactly right. Yes we have a soul, but it's mechanical. But it's still a soul, it still does the work that the soul was supposed to do. It is the seat of reason. It is the seat of moral responsibility. It's why we are appropriate objects of punishment when we do evil things, why we deserve the praise when we do good things. It's just not a mysterious lump of wonder stuff… that will out live us.“
— Daniel Dennett American philosopher 1942
"Atheism Tapes, part 6", BBC TV documentation of Jonathan Miller, produced by Richard Denton, recorded 2003, broadcast 2004
„Why is it so hard to keep the mind concentrated, and to live up to our good resolutions? The problem is the basically mechanical nature of our left-brain consciousness. We have a kind of robot servant who does things for us: we learn to type or drive a car, painfully and consciously, then our robot takes over, and does it far more quickly and efficiently. Because man is the most complex creature on Earth, he is forced to rely on his robot far more than other animals. The result is that, whenever he gets tired, the robot takes over. For the modern city dweller, most of his everyday living is done by the robot. This is why it takes an emergency to concentrate the mind 'wonderfully', and why we forget so quickly.“
— Colin Wilson author 1931 - 2013
Quelle: Alien Dawn (1998), p. 344
„Within the next ten years Rossum's Universal Robots will produce so much wheat, so much cloth, so much everything that things will no longer have any value. Everyone will be able to take as much as he needs. There'll be no more poverty. Yes, people will be out of work, but by then there'll be no work left to be done. Everything will be done by living machines. People will do only what they enjoy. They will live only to perfect themselves… But before that some awful things may happen, Miss Glory. That just can't be avoided. But then the subjugation of man by man and the slavery of man to matter will cease. Never again will anyone pay for his bread with hatred and his life. There'll be no more laborers, no more secretaries. No one will have to mine coal or slave over someone else's machines. No longer will man need to destroy his soul doing work that he hates.“
— Karel Čapek, R.U.R.
„Automatic computers have now been with us for a quarter of a century. They have had a great impact on our society in their capacity of tools, but in that capacity their influence will be but a ripple on the surface of our culture, compared with the much more profound influence they will have in their capacity of intellectual challenge without precedent in the cultural history of mankind.“
— Edsger W. Dijkstra Dutch computer scientist 1930 - 2002
Dijkstra (1972) The Humble Programmer http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/EWD/transcriptions/EWD03xx/EWD340.html (EWD340).
— Suzanne Collins, buch Die Tribute von Panem – Flammender Zorn
— Walt Whitman American poet, essayist and journalist 1819 - 1892
„From flying robot insects to running robot dog to humanoids such as the world’s first robot citizen Sophia, artificial life forms are populating the planet Earth; and some people are bound to find artificial life forms more attractive than natural life forms.“
— Newton Lee American computer scientist
The Transhumanism Handbook, 2019
— Doris Lessing British novelist, poet, playwright, librettist, biographer and short story writer 1919 - 2013
Salon interview (1997)
Kontext: I'm always astounded at the way we automatically look at what divides and separates us. We never look at what people have in common. If you see it, black and white people, both sides look to see the differences, they don't look at what they have together. Men and women, and old and young, and so on. And this is a disease of the mind, the way I see it. Because in actual fact, men and women have much more in common than they are separated.
— W.B. Yeats Irish poet and playwright 1865 - 1939
— Tom Baker English actor 1934
Describing one set of his in-laws.
— Gerardus 't Hooft Dutch theoretical physicist and Nobel Prize winner 1946
Does Some Deeper Level of Physics Underlie Quantum Mechanics? An Interview with Nobelist Gerard 't Hooft http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/critical-opalescence/2013/10/07/does-some-deeper-level-of-physics-underlie-quantum-mechanics-an-interview-with-nobelist-gerard-t-hooft/
— John C. Wright, buch Orphans of Chaos
Quelle: Orphans of Chaos (2005), Chapter 20, “Company, of a Sort” Section 4 (p. 269)
— Alfred Bester, buch The Stars My Destination
Quelle: The Stars My Destination (1956), Chapter 16 (p. 247).