"I think it is inevitable that people program poorly. Training will not substantially help matters. We have to learn to live with it."
"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity."Alan Perlis on Albert Einstein
"The typewriting machine, when played with expression, is no more annoying than the piano when played by a sister or near relation."Alan Perlis on Oscar Wilde
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."Alan Perlis on Arthur C. Clarke
"The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life."Alan Perlis on John F. Kennedy
"I am sorry to say that there is too much point to the wisecrack that life is extinct on other planets because their scientists were more advanced than ours."Alan Perlis on John F. Kennedy
"You can measure a programmer's perspective by noting his attitude on the continuing vitality of FORTRAN."
"In computing, turning the obvious into the useful is a living definition of the word 'frustration'."
"If your computer speaks English, it was probably made in Japan."
"It goes against the grain of modern education to teach students to program. What fun is there to making plans, acquiring discipline, organizing thoughts, devoting attention to detail, and learning to be self critical."
"A year spent in artificial intelligence is enough to make one believe in God."