Sunday Book-Thought 119

Certainly anyone who has discovered the power of personal computing as an adult is going to have an old way of doing things and will discover a new and better way.
The more I deal with personal computing, the more the computer becomes an extension of my own mind. I am far more creative and productive than I could be without it. A computer is really an amplifier of a person. With it you can take whatever you do and do even more – which enhances the kinds of problems you can attack and solve. And if you’re programming, the act of debugging may change the way that you think about solving problems.
– Natalie Dehn, ‘Natalie Dehn Reflects on Artificial Intelligence’, Personal Computing, 7.6 (June 1983), 49-53, 213 (p. 213).


Sunday Book-Thought 115

There is a lesson here for anyone who attempts to make sense of the high-tech world, a lesson that is close to the heart of this book’s primary thesis. At the threshold points near the birth of new technology, all types of distortions and misunderstandings are bound to appear – misunderstandings not only of how the machines actually work but also of more subtle matters: what realm of experience the new technologies belong to, what values they perpetuate, where their more indirect effects will take place.
– Steven Johnson, Interface Culture: How New Technology Transforms the Way We Create and Communicate (New York: HarperEdge, 1997), pp. 211-212.