As computers become more skilled at imitating human beings, so must we.
I did not write a program to generate this book; I am that program.
My father’s two fundamental rules for computer programming were Optimize Later and Optimize Never; and this, like so much advice about programming, also goes for life.
Local maxima are the root of all mediocrity.
Three’s a crowd — in love, in war, in software development.
The neuroses of the village can now be disseminated with the speed and efficiency of an advanced civilization.
It is a mild defect of computers that they imitate humans imperfectly, and a grave defect of humans that they cannot imitate computers at all.
Writing and computer programming are usually done worse when they are done for money.
We used to suspect that our friends and neighbors were mad, and now, thanks to modern technology, we know they are.
Once memory has been centralized it can be destroyed.
Regressions Toward the Mean
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