"It is an interesting fact that during my tour I was never allowed access to computers, radios, or anything else that I might damage through curiosity, or perhaps something more sinister."
"A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing."Robert B. Laughlin on Emo Philips
"Computers are like Old Testament gods lots of rules and no mercy."Robert B. Laughlin on Joseph Campbell
"I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image."Robert B. Laughlin on Stephen Hawking
"Computers are useless. They can only give you answers."Robert B. Laughlin on Pablo Picasso
"I think it's fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we've ever created. They're tools of communication, they're tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user."Robert B. Laughlin on Bill Gates
"It was at Bell Labs that I first made direct contact with real semiconductor experts and thus began to fully understand what amazing materials they were and what they could do."
"Another important aspect of our home was respect for ideas."
"Over the course of time this gave us a deep respect for ideas, both our own and those of others, and an understanding that conflict through debate is a powerful means of revealing truth."
"In parallel with the development of my interests in technical gadgetry I began to acquire a profound love of and respect for the natural world which motivates my scientific thinking to this day."