I think every child of immigrants complains about having to be this voice. I know sometimes during arguments I would ask my parents, “How can you have lived in this country for almost 40 years and still not speak English?!?” But as I’ve gotten older, I finally understand that it’s a gift to be able to speak for them, that as a small thank you for the sacrifices they’ve made to bring me to a new world for them and give me all these opportunities, even if they don’t see themselves fully as part of this world, I can open doors and windows between this world and theirs.
We are in a product cycle business. Which is to say that every product in tech becomes obsolete, and they become obsolete pretty quickly. If all you do is take your current product to market and win the market, and you don't do anything else-if you don't keep innovating-your product will go stale. And somebody will come out with a better product and displace you.
Here is what I sometimes suspect my face signifies to other Americans: an invisible person, barely distinguishable from a mass of faces that resemble it. A conspicuous person standing apart from the crowd and yet devoid of any individuality. An icon of so much that the culture pretends to honor but that it in fact patronizes and exploits. Not just people "who are good at math” and play the violin, but a mass of stifled, repressed, abused, conformist quasirobots who simply do not matter, socially or culturally.
Empowerment of Creativity & Feedback is expressed when users are engaged in a creative process where they repeatedly figure new things out and try different combinations. People not only need ways to express their creativity, but they need to see the results of their creativity, receive feedback, and adjust in turn
The cause can be anything you wish, but you should represent it as progressive: it fits the times, it is on the side of the future, so it is destined to succeed. If necessary, you can give it a veneer of spirituality. It is best to have some kind of enemy to hate-an enemy can help a group to define itself in opposition.
We still hold patents covering the use of selenium in xerography -almost a patent on one of the elements. Not bad, eh? Nor do we understand exactly how selenium works, even now. We're mystified, for example, by the fact that it has no memory effects--no traces of previous copies are left on the selenium-coated drum-and that it seems to be theoretically capable of lasting indefinitely. In the lab, a selenium-coated drum will last through a million processes, and we don't understand why it wears out even then. So, you see, the development of xerography was largely empirical. We were trained scientists, not Yankee tinkers, but we struck a balance between Yankee tinkering and scientific inquiry."
New plans offer hope because we don't have any experiences to ground our expectations. New strategies seem more appealing than old ones because they can have unbounded hope. As Aristotle noted, "Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope." Perhaps this can be revised to "Youth is easily deceived because it only hopes." There is no experience to root the expectation in. In the beginning, hope is all you have.
Nero learned that no matter how satisfied they could be with their work, these hotshots-whodepended-on-words were deprived of Tony's serenity; they remained fragile to the emotional toll from the compliments they did not get, the ones others got, and from what someone of lower intellect stole from them.
Now, as Barron's pointed out in August, it appeared that "this once-fabulous invention may-as all technological advances inevitably must-soon evolve into an accepted commonplace." Cut-rate latecomers were swarming into copying, one company, in a letter sent to its stockholders in May, foresaw a time when a copier selling for ten or twenty dollars could be marketed "as a toy" (one was actually marketed for about thirty dollars in 1968) and there was even talk of the day when copiers would be given away to promote sales of paper, the way razors have long given away to promote razor blades
by presenting us with explanations and theories, the media induce an illusion of understanding the world.
Owing to domain dependence, we forget the need to check our map of the world against reality. So we are living in a more and more fragile world, while thinking it is more and more understandable.
As Patterson mulled over his predicament, he came across an advertisement for a new invention called Ritty's Incorruptible Cashier. Designed by fellow Dayton resident James Ritty, it was the first cash register. The machine automatically locked the cash and receipts inside after each transaction. Patterson bought two for fifty dollars each.
Employee theft at his store vanished overnight.
I spent a couple of afternoons with one 914 and its operator, and observed what seemed to be the closest relationship between a woman and a piece of office equipment that I had ever seen. A girl who uses a typewriter or switchboard has no interest in the equipment, because it holds no mystery, while one who operates a computer is bored with it, because it is utterly incomprehensible. But
a 914 has distinct animal traits: it has to be fed and curried it is intimidating but can be tamed; it is subject to unpredictable bursts of misbehavior and, generally speaking, it responds in kind to its treatment. "I was frightened of it at first," the oper- ator I watched told me. "The Xerox men say, If you're frightened of it, it won't work, and that's pretty much right. It's a good scout; I'm fond of it now."
(It may seem paradoxical that this growth coincided with the rise of the telephone, but perhaps it isn't. All the evidence suggests that communication between people by whatever means, far from simply accomplishing its purpose, invariably breeds the need for more.)
There is a dependence on narratives, an intellectualization of actions and ventures. Public enterprises and functionaries-even employees of large corporations can only do things that seem to fit some narrative, unlike businesses that can just follow profits, with or without a good-sounding story. Remember that you need a name for the color blue when you build a narrative, but not in action-the thinker lacking a word for "blue" is handicapped; not the doer. (I've had a hard time conveying to intellectuals the intellectual superiority of practice.)