Hot new Einstein quote

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Oct 31 02:36:12 UTC 2012

The meaning of "the technology overlapp[ing] with our humanity" is a
tendentious mystery. Possibly it means "technology replacing humanity," but
why that should result in a "generation of idiots" instead of a world of
robots, I'm not sure. (If Einstein had meant robots, he'd have said robots.)

It sounds like third-hand New Age gibberish of an unusually inarticulate
kind. Maybe it has to do with cell phones and Twitter. I don't know.


On Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 10:09 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at> wrote:

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> On Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 6:04 PM, Jonathan Lighter
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> > I fear the day when the technology overlaps with our humanity. The world
> will only have a generation of idiots.
> What seems most un-Einstein-like to me is that this supposed "quote"
> lacks an immediately-obvious semantic interpretation. It reads like
> the Turd-Potty bullshit posted to Facebook: you know that it's
> supposed to be a sophisticated, cerebral analysis destroying Obama's
> fallacious mouthings, but it has no discernable meaning.
> FWIW, I think that the reference to the overlap of technology with
> humanity respects the dread development of self-awareness by machines,
> a possibility known to be Einstein's greatest fear. And the
> "generation of idiots" refers to the consequences of Ann Romney's
> discarding of public education.
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