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web and knowledge

*“When wireless will be perfectly applied the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain, which in fact it is, all things being particles of a real and rhythmic whole. We shall be able to communicate with one another instantly, irrespective of distance. Not only this, but through television and telephony we shall see and hear one another as perfectly as though we were face to face, despite intervening distances of thousands of miles; and the instruments through which we shall be able to do his will be amazingly simple compared with our present telephone. A man will be able to carry one in his vest pocket”.

Nikola Tesla, 1926

*“I think it is human nature, we have always had a wonderful side – and a dark side – and
the web is fairly accessible to those who wish to exploit it. I had hoped that the web would provide tools and for a to break national barriers and provoke a better global understanding but it’s staggering to me that people who must have been brought up like anybody else will suddenly become very polarised in their opinions and will suddenly become very hateful instead of very loving.” However, “Everywhere I look I see a mass of energy, a huge amount of energy, and also in some places, they are using the web for organised protests against oppressive regimes, it appears that it is not the private medium we once thought.”
“The data that [companies] have about you isn’t as valuable to them as it is to you. What are these people going to do with that data? They’re going to target you with an ad which makes you feel a bit queasy. Targeted adverts are not the future.”

As for the future he auspicates, human beings will have to “be able to build web-based tools that help us keep people on the path of collaborating rather than fighting“.
sir Tim Berners-Lee at the London Expo, 2014

*“There’s a lock on our office door and our homes at night. (…) The solution is one: people will have to pay for quality contents”.

Evan Williams, founder of Twitter, in a interview for New York Times, 2017

*“The knowledge is the Sun. Someday, this entire planet will be a Sun.”

Pasquale Curatola, inspired by Georges Ivanovič Gurdjieff

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