“Only six percent of the most groundbreaking American innovations of the last forty years, came out of universities.”

Stefan Fölster, Robotrevolutionen, 2015

“Up until 1948, China had multiple national currencies. That is to say, banknotes issued by governmental and private banks co-existed and competed with each other. If that seems weird now it’s because we have national banks (the Swedish one happens to be the oldest one in the world), which were invented exactly to prevent this phenomenon. Crypto on the other hand, were invented to circumvent central control (which is why China banned Bitcoin). Does that mean there can never be one digital currency to rule them all?”

Eswar Prasad, the Future of Money, 2021

“Managers re not confronted with problems that are independent of each other, but with dynamic situations that cosist of complex systems of changing problems that interact with each other. I call such situations messes… Managers do not solve problems, they manage messes.”

Russell Ackoff, operations theorist, 1919 – 2009

“We must keep renovating and innovating perceptual, affective and conceptual fields through recombination, remixing, translation, transformation and play. We must inculcate ruminative frequencies in the human animal by teaching slowness, attention to detail, argumentative rigor, careful reading, and meditative reflection. We must keep up our communion with the dead for they are us, as we are the dead of future generations.
As biological and cultural diversity is threatened across the world by capitalist monoculture and mass extinction, we must build arks: not just biological arks, to carry forward endangered genetic data, but also cultural arks, to carry forward endangered wisdom. The library of human cultural technologies that is our archive, the concrete record of human thought in all languages that comprises the entirety of our existence as historical beings, is not only the seed stock of our future intellectual growth, but its soil, its source, its womb. The fate of the humanities, as we confront the end of moden civilization, is the fate of humanity itself.”

Rob Scranton, Learning to Die in the Anthropocene : Reflections on the End of a Civilization, 2015

“Still, as the person penning this scenario, you are only partly in control, for you aren ot the producer of what is clearly a black comedy, even if calling a comedy black is kind of, sort of, maybe perhaps, residually racist, although if you suggested that to a Frenchman, or even to an American, and most probably to a Vietnamese, he would indignantly denounce you as racist for seeing something racial in an innocent use of the word “black”. Just a coincidence! Nothing to do with black markets, or blackface, or how the French, in a really wonderful turn of phrase, call ghostwriters nègres–niggers!–the sheer bravado of it taking your breath away when you heard it for the first time. But why take offence over a playful use of words, when it really was the case that ghostwriters were just slaves, minus the whipping, raping, lynching, lifetime servitude and free labour? Still–what the hell?–if words were just words, then let’s call it a white comedy, shall we? It’s just a joke, take it easy, a bad joke, sure, but so was the Unholy Trinity of colonialism, slavery and genocide, not to mention the Dynamic Duo of capitalism and communism, both of which white people invented and which were contagious, like smallpox and syphilis. White people have gotten over those bad jokes, haven’t they?”

Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Committed, 2015

“Even the word ‘science’ comes from an Indo-European root meaning ‘to cut’ or ‘to separate.’ The same root led to the wod ‘shit,’ which of course means to separate living flesh from nonliving waste. The same root gave us ‘scythe’ and ‘scissors’ and ‘schism,’ which have obvious connections to the concept of separation.”

Hiro Protagonist in conversation with ‘the Librarian’, in Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash, 1992