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7 Visionary Quotes from Sci-Fi Futurist Bruce Sterling

The prescient author of Islands in the Net and Schismatrix foresaw many aspects of modern life.

Bruce Sterling
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“The ruins of the unsustainable are the 21st century’s frontier.”

“The 21st century is not going to be a white, Anglo-Saxon situation.”

“In order to understand the past, you have to understand the future.”

“We're so well informed that we lost all sense of meaning. We know the price of everything, but we've lost all sense of value. We have everyone under surveillance, but we've lost all sense of shame.”

“Google sells network surveillance and collective intelligence. This is Google’s actual, profitable, monetizable product. ‘Search’ is merely Google’s front end, a brilliant facade to encourage free interaction by the public. People are not Google’s ‘customers’ or even Google’s ‘users,’ but its feudal livestock.”

“Unfortunately, computers are also stupid. Unlike human beings, computers possess the truly profound stupidity of the inanimate."

“Someday the Sun will explode, and what about our journalism and poetry then? Well, so what? To hell with our exploding Sun. We have to do what we can do in the time we can act.”