Nicholas Negroponte Quotes

Nicholas Negroponte (born December 1, 1943) is a Greek American architect. He is the founder and Chairman Emeritus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab, and also founded the One Laptop per Child Association (OLPC).

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Nicholas Negroponte


Linux is its own worst enemy: it's splintered, it has different distributions, it's too complex to run for most people.

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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.

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Companies cannot really see beyond their current customer base. They explicitly or implicitly do things to protect their current customers. And the last person to want real change is your customer. This is why most new ideas come from small companies that have nothing to lose.

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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.

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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.

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While a significant part of learning certain comes from teaching - but good teaching and by good teachers - a major measure comes from exploration, from reinventing the wheel and finding out for oneself.

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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.

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By the year 2000, most Americans will be online one way or another.

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A Wired reader told me once, Get a life, which I read from the back of a yacht in the Aegean, while eating fresh sea urchins and drinking terrific Montrachet.

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Computer science departments have always considered 'user interface' research to be sissy work.

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Access by kids to the Internet should be like kids breathing clean air.

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Programming allows you to think about thinking, and while debugging you learn learning.

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Key is the question of where do new ideas come from. Historically, four places: government labs, big corporations, startup companies, and research universities.

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Key is the question of where do new ideas come from. Historically, four places: government labs, big corporations, startup companies, and research universities.

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Everybody agrees that whatever the solutions are to the big problems, they... can never be without some element of education.

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