Top 10 Quotes by Nicholas Negroponte

Nicholas Negroponte

I am always asked in my travels through the developing world: 'If this is such a good idea, why isn't America doing it?' ... Well, now they are.

Nicholas Negroponte
When things are digital, they're all 1's and zero's, and so they commingle in ways we didn't anticipate and you could do things that were not like publishing or television, or computers, but were some intersection of those and that got known to be convergence, so between the switching, or trading of places and the convergence, you have today's media.
Nicholas Negroponte

It makes no sense to ship atoms when you can ship bits.

Nicholas Negroponte
It bothers me when people spoil the market. Nicholas Negrop
Nicholas Negroponte

Key is the question of where do new ideas come from. Historically, four places: government labs, big corporations, startup companies, and research universities.

Nicholas Negroponte
Think of it: the lowest common denominator in being digital is not your operating system, modem, or model of computer. It's a tiny piece of plastic, designed decades ago by Bell Labs' Charles Krumreich, Edwin Hardesty, and company, who thought they were making an inconspicuous plug for a few telephone handsets. Not in their wildest dreams was Registered Jack 11 - a modular connector more commonly known as the RJ-11 - meant to be plugged and unplugged so many times, by so many people, for so many reasons, all over the world.
Nicholas Negroponte

The idea is that it fulfils many roles. It is the whole theory that learning is seamless,

Nicholas Negroponte
When we go to school, very often, we don't see that passion because the way school is run, the disciplinary nature of it and the rote learning are so, sort of, offensive actually, that children sort of lose that passion more often than not.
Nicholas Negroponte

Companies cannot really see beyond their current customer base. They explicitly or implicitly do things to protect their current customers. And the last person to want real change is your customer. This is why most new ideas come from small companies that have nothing to lose.

Nicholas Negroponte
Google has a very powerful and new advertising model that, for them, prints money.