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Vernor Vinge quotes: Politics may come and go, but Greed goes on forever. Politics may come and go, but Greed goes on forever.
Vernor Vinge quotes: Most civilizations had more fiction than they did real history. Most civilizations had more fiction than they did real history.
Vernor Vinge quotes: The heart of manipulation is to empathize without being touched. The heart of manipulation is to empathize without being touched.
Vernor Vinge quotes: Note that I am not proposing that AI research be ignored or less funded. Note that I am not proposing that AI research be ignored or less funded.
Vernor Vinge quotes: Sometimes terror and pain are not the best levers; deception, when it works, is the most elegant and the least expensive manipulation of all. Sometimes terror and pain are not the best levers; deception, when it works, is the most elegant and the least expensive manipulation of all.
Vernor Vinge quotes: Ravna became a librarian. "The ultimate dilettante!" Lynne had teased. Ravna became a librarian. "The ultimate dilettante!" Lynne had teased.
Vernor Vinge quotes: We're endangered by our own success. We're endangered by our own success.
Vernor Vinge quotes: One of his greatest talents was empathy; no sadist can aspire to perfection without that diagnostic ability. One of his greatest talents was empathy; no sadist can aspire to perfection without that diagnostic ability.
Vernor Vinge quotes: So much technology, so little talent. So much technology, so little talent.
Vernor Vinge quotes: I argue in this paper that we are on the edge of change comparable to the rise of human life on Earth. I argue in this paper that we are on the edge of change comparable to the rise of human life on Earth.
Vernor Vinge quotes: All his life he had lived by the law. Often his job had been to stop acts of revenge ... And now revenge was all that life had left for All his life he had lived by the law. Often his job had been to stop acts of revenge ... And now revenge was all that life had left for him.
Vernor Vinge quotes: The hours came to minutes, the minutes to seconds. And now each second was aslong as all the time before The hours came to minutes, the minutes to seconds. And now each second was as
long as all the time before
Vernor Vinge quotes: Hexapodia as the key insight Hexapodia as the key insight
Vernor Vinge quotes: How long must a fish study to understand human motivation? How long must a fish study to understand human motivation?
Vernor Vinge quotes: The physical extinction of the human race is one possibility. The physical extinction of the human race is one possibility.
Vernor Vinge quotes: Peregrine Wickwrackrum was of two minds about evil: when enough rules get broken, sometimes there is good amid the carnage. Peregrine Wickwrackrum was of two minds about evil: when enough rules get broken, sometimes there is good amid the carnage.
Vernor Vinge quotes: Now on Tines World, the Zone physics was still improving. What was it like thirty lightyears higher? Bili Now on Tines World, the Zone physics was still improving. What was it like thirty lightyears higher? Bili
Vernor Vinge quotes: Even the largest avalanche is triggered by small things. Even the largest avalanche is triggered by small things.
Vernor Vinge quotes: [He] was an insect wandering in the cathedral his mind had become. [He] was an insect wandering in the cathedral his mind had become.
Vernor Vinge quotes: When people speak of creating superhumanly intelligent beings, they are usually imagining an AI project. When people speak of creating superhumanly intelligent beings, they are usually imagining an AI project.
Vernor Vinge quotes: Intelligence is the handmaiden of flexibility and change. Intelligence is the handmaiden of flexibility and change.
Vernor Vinge quotes: Tycoon had a peddler's talent for using words to redefine reality. Tycoon had a peddler's talent for using words to redefine reality.
Vernor Vinge quotes: Little fish risking everything for a piece of godhood ... and not knowing heaven from hell, even when they find it. Little fish risking everything for a piece of godhood ... and not knowing heaven from hell, even when they find it.
Vernor Vinge quotes: Enormous cemeteries existed among sedentary civilizations, where the weight of the past grew larger than any present time. Enormous cemeteries existed among sedentary civilizations, where the weight of the past grew larger than any present time.
Vernor Vinge quotes: Ravna thought a moment. "Sysadmin is the usual term," she said. Ravna thought a moment. "Sysadmin is the usual term," she said.
Vernor Vinge quotes: He was guided by what he saw rather than by what he wanted to believe. He was guided by what he saw rather than by what he wanted to believe.
Vernor Vinge quotes: Sometimes the biggest disasters aren't noticed at all - no one's around to write horror stories. Sometimes the biggest disasters aren't noticed at all - no one's around to write horror stories.
Vernor Vinge quotes: Once upon a time I was such a good liar; I could talk the fish right into my mouths. Once upon a time I was such a good liar; I could talk the fish right into my mouths.
Vernor Vinge quotes: IA is something that is proceeding very naturally, in most cases not even recognized by its developers for what it is. IA is something that is proceeding very naturally, in most cases not even recognized by its developers for what it is.
Vernor Vinge quotes: How to explain? How to describe? Even the omniscient viewpoint quails. How to explain? How to describe? Even the omniscient viewpoint quails.
Vernor Vinge quotes: It was not called the Net of a Million Lies for nothing. It was not called the Net of a Million Lies for nothing.
Vernor Vinge quotes: Peregrine Wickwrackscar was flying. A pilgrim with legends that went back almost a thousand years-and not one of them could come near to this! Peregrine Wickwrackscar was flying. A pilgrim with legends that went back almost a thousand years-and not one of them could come near to this!
Vernor Vinge quotes: Technical people don't make good slaves. Without their wholehearted cooperation, things fall apart. Technical people don't make good slaves. Without their wholehearted cooperation, things fall apart.
Vernor Vinge quotes: The work that is truly productive is the domain of a steadily smaller and more elite fraction of humanity. The work that is truly productive is the domain of a steadily smaller and more elite fraction of humanity.
Vernor Vinge quotes: Half-assed programming was a time-filler that, like knitting, must date to the beginning of the human experience. Half-assed programming was a time-filler that, like knitting, must date to the beginning of the human experience.
Vernor Vinge quotes: I never guessed I could cry so hard my face hurt. I never guessed I could cry so hard my face hurt.
Vernor Vinge quotes: I say, let's learn more and then speculate. I say, let's learn more and then speculate.
Vernor Vinge quotes: While We are out of Touch or How to Survive and Prosper during the Next Thirty Minutes by Your Friend, the Mysterious Stranger While We are out of Touch or How to Survive and Prosper during the Next Thirty Minutes by Your Friend, the Mysterious Stranger
Vernor Vinge quotes: He claimed that nearby gun thunder cleared the mind - but most everybody else agreed it made you daft. He claimed that nearby gun thunder cleared the mind - but most everybody else agreed it made you daft.
Vernor Vinge quotes: For where there is heaven, there can also be hell. For where there is heaven, there can also be hell.
Vernor Vinge quotes: If there be only hours, at least learn what there is time to learn. If there be only hours, at least learn what there is time to learn.
Vernor Vinge quotes: Funny how Underhill could get along with almost anyone, tuning down his manias to whatever the traffic would bear. Funny how Underhill could get along with almost anyone, tuning down his manias to whatever the traffic would bear.
Vernor Vinge quotes: I have come to kill you."The death's heads shrugged. "You have come to try. I have come to kill you."The death's heads shrugged. "You have come to try.
Vernor Vinge quotes: This was a commercial situation, not some exercise in an Applied Theology course. This was a commercial situation, not some exercise in an Applied Theology course.
Vernor Vinge quotes: Well, what do you know," Pham said. "Butterflies in jackboots. Well, what do you know," Pham said. "Butterflies in jackboots.