Some words of wisdom

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1. Some thoughts by the author
2. Life, Universe and everything
3. Star Wars
4. Terminator 2 - Judgment Day
5. Natural science and mathematics
6. Computers, programming etc

1. Some thoughts by the author

One of the most important tasks for man is to nurse this planet. Not only for ourselves,
but also for all the animals and vegetables we share it with.
The author
I would be inconsolably sad and ashamed if the Tiger became rooted out during my lifetime.
I think it is worth almost unlimited efforts to save the lovely rare large mammals.
The author
To survive in the long run I think man should spread out at least in the Solar System in the
not so far future. Perhaps not very likely, but things could happen sooner than we believe,
by natural causes or by ourselves, that might threaten all life on our dear home planet.
The author
Some of the most important and revolutionary things that could happen in the history of man
would be if we come in contact with ETI or manage to make a true AI. Actually I hope that it
happens during my lifetime. Although it can also be dangerous.
The author
If we possibly get a "signal" from ETI I think it is very important that all information
about this event is totally publicly available. Everything else would be dangerous.
The author
Regarding "intelligence" we are very bound to originate from ourselves. But is it possible that
creatures or machines out there are thinking hundreds or perhaps thousands times faster than we
do, but the similar way? Or is there another completely different way of thinking that is superior
to ours, but impossible for us to imagine? A possible ETI or especially an AI could be free from
several limitations by being made of a biological body. But like humans the ETI or AI might be
very concerned about its own peculiar nature, so perhaps they don't like humans. This can be very
dangerous and might result in "a war against the machines" or the creatures. A la "Terminator".
But hopefully have we also a lot of good stuff to learn from our alien "friends".
The author
Among possible intelligent robots there will probably be those who like humans and those
who don't and vice versa. A good cooperation between the two could enhance our common
capability to hopefully make a better world.
The author
I think a true AI would never accept to be manipulated by Isaac Asimov's robot laws.
The author
I think what we call good and evil are properties shared by the mind of "intelligent" creatures.
A shark killing its victim is not evil.
The author
There is hope for a better world? Or is the human diversivity only a result of natural randomness?
The author
In a world by humans where both goodness and evilness prevails, I think tolerance is the most
important word to remember.
The author
If you have a reasonably good life, I think you have a choice if you want to do something
constructive in this world.
The author
One of the most important words I have learnt in science the latest years is "emergence".
Look at it on Wikipedia.
The author
I think quality Science Fiction is a possibly good way to be prepared for the future.
The author

2. Life, Universe and everything

All information is free!
The essence of the cyber culture
Don't Panic!
"The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams
Life..., don't talk to me about life...
Marvin in "The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams
There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers what the
Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and
be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.
There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
"The Restaurant at the End of the Universe" by Douglas Adams
Twinkle, twinkle quasi-star, biggest puzzle from afar,
how unlike the other ones, brighter than a trillion suns,
twinkle, twinkle quasi-star, how I wonder what you are.
George Gamow
Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exist elsewhere
in the Universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.
"Calvin and Hobbes" by Bill Watterson
There have been various ideas, but for me the most attractive is that
the Universe was spontaneously created out of absolutely nothing.
Stephen Hawking
For as long as I can remember, I've been searching for something, some reason why we're here.
What are we doing here? Who are we? If this is a chance to find out even just a little part of that answer...
I don't know, I think it's worth a human life. Don't you?
Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster) in "Contact" by Carl Sagan
The well-meaning contention that all ideas have equal merit seems to me
little different from the disastrous contention that no ideas have any merit.
Carl Sagan in "Broca's Brain"
To be able to learn you must feel, otherwise your knowledge will be grey and flat.
Lisa Ekdahl
Thoughts take time.
"Tio tankar om tid" ("Ten thoughts about time") by Bodil Jönsson
A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.
Thomas Carlyle
A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you today.
The best ones are not made for fame, they are hidden amongst the waves.
Unknown quote found in a comment on YouTube
I believe that every person is born with talent.
Maya Angelou
The poorest man is not without a cent, but without a dream.
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
"Freedom of Speech" by Francois de Voltaire
Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.
Albert Einstein
Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
Albert Einstein
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
It is the source of all true art and science.
Albert Einstein
Beeing an artist is about noticing the beauty in the world around us.
Phrase found on a friend's home page
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
Mahatma Gandhi
Don't let a small mistake ruin a great friendship.
Old Indian saying
To live is not enough. Sunshine, freedom and a small flower must one have.
H. C. Andersen
It makes all the difference whether one sees darkness through the light or brightness through the shadows.
David Lindsay
It's essential to remember that the sky is the limit and all the obstacles are in our heads.
The article "Women and men in chess - smashing the stereotypes" by WGM Natalia Pogonina and Peter Zhdanov on Chessbase June 2009

No mobile - no e-mail - no car.
"Nödbroms" ("Emergency brake", handbook for far-sighted reactionaries) by Lasse Åberg and Sture Hegerfors
Smile - tomorrow will be worse!
The essence of Murphy's laws
Why do we all have to wear these ridiculous ties?
Scientist in the computer game Half-Life
Say what it is, and that is just what it is!
Gyro Gearloose about his inventions
Now we are free.
"Gladiator" movie
Born free, living free, forever free.
The books about the lioness Elsa and her cubs by Joy Adamson
Only the tame birds have a longing, the wild ones fly.
Elmer Diktonius
It's whats inside that counts!
"Garfield" by Jim Davis
Remember that every good friend was once a stranger.
Phrase found on Loreena McKennitt's official website

3. Star Wars

May the Force be with you!
Han Solo to Luke in "Star Wars"
Great warrior? Wars not make one great.
Luke: I can't believe it.
Yoda: That is why you fail.
Luke: What's in there?
Yoda: Only what you take with you.
Much to learn you still have.
Do or do not. There is no try.
Yoda in "The Empire Strikes Back"
Difficult to see, always in motion is the future.
Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm.
And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is.

4. Terminator 2 - Judgment Day

Stay here, I'll be back!
Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger)
Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th.
Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger)
Sarah Connor: Three billion human lives ended on August 29, 1997. The survivors
of the nuclear fire called the war Judgment Day. They lived only to face a new
nightmare, a war against the machines. The computer which controlled the
machines, Skynet, sent two terminators back through time. Their mission:
to destroy the leader of the human Resistance. John Connor; my son. The
first terminator was programmed to strike at me, in the year 1984, before
John was born. It failed. The second was sent to strike at John himself,
when he was still a child. As before, the Resistance was able to send a lone
warrior. A protector for John. It was just a question of which one of them
would reach him first. (Linda Hamilton)

5. Natural science and mathematics

E = mc2
Albert Einstein
iħ∂/∂tΨ(r,t) = ĤΨ(r,t)
Erwin Schrödinger
e = -1
Leonhard Euler
... for the sake of brevity, we will always represent this number 2.718281828459... by the letter e.
Leonhard Euler
Prime numbers below n: n/ln(n)
Carl Friedrich Gauss
Eadem mutata resurgo.
(Although transformed I will rise again in the same form.)
Jakob Bernoulli about the logarithmic spiral
If anybody says he can think about quantum physics without getting giddy
it merely shows that he hasn't understood the first thing about it.
Niels Bohr
You recognize the lion on its claw.
Said about Isaac Newton

6. Computers, programming etc

Bill Gates
I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.
Isaac Asimov
Real programmers don't comment their code. If it was hard to write, it should be hard to understand.
Real "hacker" programmer
Besides the program doesn't work, how do you like it?
A question from an optimistic programmer
Have you heard this about the statistician? Probably!
Unknown IT nerd
There are only 10 kinds of people in the world.
Those who understand binary and those who don't.
Unknown IT nerd
JFGI: Just F***ing Google It!
Recent IT saying
RTFM: Read The F***ing Manual!
Old IT saying
I can't read the f***ing manual!
The f***ing manual is unreadable!
Excuses to not read the manual
Do you think this is simple? Just wait until I have explained it!
Words from an insightful Professor
Theory is when one knows everything and nothing works.
Practice is when everything works and no one knows why.
In this house theory and practice are combined.
Nothing works and no one knows why.
Old college saying
Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.
Popular Mechanics, 1949
I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.
Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943
There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.
Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of DEC
Früher wußte er noch nicht was Liebe ist. Doch dann entdeckte er seinen Computer!
(Earlier he did not yet know what love is. But then he discovered his computer!)
Text found on a German postcard
Author and compiler: Stefan Spännare
Latest update: 2015-08-12