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Nicholas Negroponte Quotes

A girl doesn't need anyone who doesn't need her
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When we first met, i had no idea you would be so important to me
Don't look back you're not going that way
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I told you I'll be ready in FIVE minutes, stop calling me every half hour
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken
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You don't need someone to complete you. You only need someone to accept you completely
The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary
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I like me a little bit more when i'm with you
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I’m not good at selling laptops. I’m good at selling ideas.  (Nicholas Negroponte Quotes) Every child in Uruguay has a little green laptop  (Nicholas Negroponte Quotes) By the year 2000, most Americans will be online one way or another  (Nicholas Negroponte Quotes) Good education has got to be good entertainment  (Nicholas Negroponte Quotes) It’s even hard for people to imagine today that telephones were wired, and they certainly were and you went to the end of a wire to make a phone call  (Nicholas Negroponte Quotes) To compare books to computers, I mean, computers are the way to get books. That is the medium for distributing text because it doesn’t require paper  (Nicholas Negroponte Quotes) I think life’s turning into an omelet and people will just have to live with that  (Nicholas Negroponte Quotes) Google has a very powerful and new advertising model that, for them, prints money  (Nicholas Negroponte Quotes) The notion of collective contribution, like the Wikipedia, is a very powerful one  (Nicholas Negroponte Quotes) I had come to a stage in life where I didn’t need to earn an income, I didn’t need to earn a reputation, I didn’t need fame, I didn’t need any of the things you might want in your early career  (Nicholas Negroponte Quotes) The change from atoms to bits is irrevocable and unstoppable. Why now? Because the change is also exponential - small differences of yesterday can have suddenly shocking consequences tomorrow  (Nicholas Negroponte Quotes) It’s not computer literacy that we should be working on, but sort of human-literacy. Computers have to become human-literate  (Nicholas Negroponte Quotes) When you meet a head of state, and you say, ‘What is your most precious natural resource?’ they will not say children at first, and then when you say, ‘children,’ they will pretty quickly agree with you  (Nicholas Negroponte Quotes) My goal is not selling laptops. OLPC is not in the laptop business. It’s in the education business  (Nicholas Negroponte Quotes) Big companies are looking closer term, and even the most technological companies spend less than 1% of sales on research. Startups have suffered the burst bubble  (Nicholas Negroponte Quotes) Nature is pretty good at networks, self-organizing systems. By contrast, social systems are top-down and hierarchical, from which we draw the basic assumption that organization and order can only come from centralism  (Nicholas Negroponte Quotes) We have to make machines understand what they’re doing, or they won’t be able to come back and say, ‘Why did you do that?  (Nicholas Negroponte Quotes) Very often kids don’t ask questions in class because they don’t want to be seen asking a question.  (Nicholas Negroponte Quotes) Key is the question of where do new ideas come from. Historically, four places: government labs, big corporations, startup companies, and research universities.  (Nicholas Negroponte Quotes) To compare books to computers, I mean, computers are the way to get books. That is the medium for distributing text because it doesn’t require paper.  (Nicholas Negroponte Quotes) Giving the kids a programming environment of any sort, whether it’s a tool like Squeak or Scratch or Logo to write programs in a childish way - and I mean that in the most generous sense of the word, that is, playing with and building things - is one of the best ways to learn.  (Nicholas Negroponte Quotes) National law has no place in cyberlaw. Where is cyberspace? If you don’t like banking laws in the United States, set up your machine on the Grand Cayman Islands. Don’t like the copyright laws in the United States? Set up your machine in China. Cyberlaw is global law, which is not going to be easy to handle, since we seemingly cannot even agree on world trade of automobile parts.  (Nicholas Negroponte Quotes) The wild, the absurd, the seemingly crazy: this kind of thinking is where new ideas come from ... The people capable of such playful thought carry forward their childish qualities and childhood dreams, applying them in areas where most of us get stuck, victims of our adult seriousness. Staying a child isn’t easy.  (Nicholas Negroponte Quotes) We’ve been working now with computers and education for 30 years, computers in developing countries for 20 years, and trying to make low-cost machines for 10 years. This is not a sudden turn down the road.  (Nicholas Negroponte Quotes) Computer science departments have always considered ‘user interface’ research to be sissy work.  (Nicholas Negroponte Quotes) What’s the difference between obsolete and cutting edge? Obsolete works.  (Nicholas Negroponte Quotes) Most children in the world go to schools in two shifts, there’s a morning shift and an afternoon shift  (Nicholas Negroponte Quotes) Very often kids don’t ask questions in class because they don’t want to be seen asking a question  (Nicholas Negroponte Quotes) Rote learning is a killer for most of us and for some people, it really excludes them  (Nicholas Negroponte Quotes) Kids drop out of school mostly because school is boring and not particularly relevant  (Nicholas Negroponte Quotes)
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