About David Bridgeland

Author, consultant, etc.

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  • David shared from The Nature of Technology: What It Is and How It Evolves by W. Brian Arthur
    Our deepest hope as humans lies in technology; but our deepest trust lies in nature. These forces are like tectonic plates grinding inexorably into each other in one long, slow collision.
    Note: hope versus trust
  • David shared from The Nature of Technology: What It Is and How It Evolves by W. Brian Arthur
    I puzzled why historians of all people had the most to say about the ways and essence of technology and its innovation. Later it came to me that a great deal more of the world emerges from its technologies than from its wars and treaties, and historians are naturally interested in how the world has formed itself.
    Note: historians know the most about technology ?
  • David shared from The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson
    Von Neumann loved telling jokes and reciting risqué limericks in various languages at his parties, and he ate so heartily that his wife once said he could count anything except calories. He drove cars with an abandon that was reckless but not always wreckless, and he was fond of flashy new Cadillacs. “He bought a new one at least once a year, whether he had wrecked the previous one or not,” wrote the science historian George Dyson.46
    Note: Von Neumann bought a new Cadillac every year, whether hehad wrecked the old one or not
  • David shared from The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson
    “We had to learn their vocabularies in order to be able to run their problems. I could switch my vocabulary and speak highly technical for the programmers, and then tell the same things to the managers a few hours later but with a totally different vocabulary.” Innovation requires articulation.
    Note: innovation requires articulation
  • David shared from Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original by Robin Kelley
    Monk had no playlist, and Rouse never knew what his new boss was going to play until he started playing it: “The first chorus might sound like spaghetti until I got it. He didn’t stop though, he just kept going.”94
    Note: figuring it out on-the-fly
(Sterling, VA USA)
David Bridgeland