TED tech quotes poster set5 min read


Thinking my original technology quotes poster set needed an update, I set about finding thought-provoking quotes that I could put up around my classroom and stumbled upon the TED Quotes page. Filtering those related to technology, I selected 20 quotes and created posters from them.

These posters are available freely for download, sharing & printing and have been created at A3 size, so can comfortably be resized downwards with no loss in quality.

Download a 20-page PDF (15.2Mb) of the entire collection.

I did double-check QR codes & attributions, but if you spot any errors or omissions please do get in touch!

(The gallery script below is being a bit wonky & putting the featured image for the post in as well – I’ll fix that when I have a minute!)



Quotes used

“Young people today have lots of experience … interacting with new technologies, but a lot less so of creating [or] expressing themselves with new technologies. It’s almost as if they can read but not write.” — Mitch Resnick: Let’s teach kids to code

“The interface between man and machine … is more important than the power of the man or the power of the machine in determining overall capability.” — Shyam Sankar: The rise of human-computer cooperation

 “A search engine can determine who shall live and who shall die.” — Marc Goodman: A vision of crimes in the future

“By 2010 computers will disappear. They’ll be so small, they’ll be embedded in our clothing, in our environment. Images will be written directly to our retina, providing full-immersion virtual reality, augmented real reality. We’ll be interacting with virtual personalities.” — Ray Kurzweil in 2005, from Ray Kurzweil: The accelerating power of technology

“With 3D printing, we can actually create structures that are more intricate than any other manufacturing technology — or, in fact, are impossible to build in any other way.” — Lisa Harouni: A primer on 3D printing

“What’s society going to be like when the kids today are phenomenally good at text messaging and spend a huge amount of on-screen time, but have never gone bowling together?” — Clifford Stoll: The call to learn

“The information technologies which were historically born from military research are, today, on the verge of developing an offensive capability of destruction, which could tomorrow, if we’re not careful, completely destroy world peace.” — Guy-Philippe Goldstein: How cyberattacks threaten real-world peace

“I would not let an adult drive my robot. You don’t have enough gaming experience. But I will let a kid with no license take control of my vehicle system.” — Robert Ballard: The astonishing hidden world of the deep ocean

“In nine months, a group of children left alone with a computer in any language will reach the same standard as an office secretary in the West.”— Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud

“To me, this is not an information age. It’s an age of networked intelligence, it’s an age of vast promise.” — Don Tapscott: Four principles for the open world

“It’s not completely inconceivable that someday you’ll be able to download your own memories.” — Juan Enriquez: Will our kids be a different species?

 “Over the last few millennia, we’ve invented a series of technologies … that have made it progressively easier and easier for us to externalize our memories, for us to outsource this fundamental human capacity.” — Joshua Foer: Feats of memory anyone can do

“We’re lonely, but we’re afraid of intimacy. And so from social networks to sociable robots, we’re designing technologies that will give us the illusion of companionship without the demands of friendship.” — Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone?

“A Masai warrior on a cellphone in the middle of Kenya has better mobile communications than President Reagan did 25 years ago.” — Peter Diamandis: Abundance is our future

“If transportation technology was moving along as fast as microprocessor technology, then the day after tomorrow I would be able to get in a taxi cab and be in Tokyo in 30 seconds.” — Danny Hillis: Back to the future (of 1994)

“What one Predator drone pilot described of his experience fighting in the Iraq war while never leaving Nevada: ‘You’re going to war for 12 hours, shooting weapons at targets, directing kills on enemy combatants. Then you get in the car and you drive home, and within 20 minutes you’re sitting at the dinner table talking to your kids about their homework.’” — P.W. Singer: Military robots and the future of war

“Before the Internet, coordinating more than 100,000 people, let alone paying them, was essentially impossible. But now with the Internet, I’ve just shown you a project where we’ve gotten 750 million people to help us digitize human knowledge.” — Luis von Ahn: Massive-scale online collaboration

“We’re moving to this integration of biomedicine, information technology, wireless and mobile now — an era of digital medicine. Even my stethoscope is now digital. And of course, there’s an app for that.” — Daniel Kraft: Medicine’s future? There’s an app for that

“The only legitimate purpose of government is to serve citizens, and … the only legitimate purpose of technology is to improve our lives, not to manipulate or enslave us.” — Rebecca MacKinnon: Let’s take back the Internet!

“In the past it would take you weeks, if not months, to identify how Iranian activists connect to each other. Now you know how they connect to each other by looking at their Facebook page. The KGB used to torture in order to get this data.” — Evgeny Morozov: How the Net aids dictatorships

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