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All Quotes by author - Rick Smolan
" A lot of people don't want to know, but I'd like to know if I have a 10 percent or a 90 percent chance of developing Alzheimer's some day. If I know I'm likely to develop it, I'm certainly going to start looking around right now to find if there is something that I can do to offset it. "
" Americans are changing right before our eyes. They are choosing different lifestyles, families, traditions and ways of living. "
" As individuals, we have very little say about how our data is being used. I'm not worried about the privacy implications of it so much. But it seems to me that, as an individual, if I'm the one generating the data, I should have some kind of say in how it's going to be used. "
" A tiny apartment might hold three generations of an immigrant family. "
" Big Data is just that - big. But, it's a term that is largely misunderstood and difficult to explain. "
" Do you realize the FBI filing system from the '50s was much more secure? How could you have stolen that data? It was on notecards. Now someone with a thumb drive, or remotely, can take the equivalent of millions of those notecards. "
" Every time there's a new tool, whether it's Internet or cell phones or anything else, all these things can be used for good or evil. Technology is neutral; it depends on how it's used. "
" How do you photograph a gadget in a new, and not boring, way? You have to get away from people sitting in front of a computer. You have to get a look at the digital signature. "
" How do you photograph data? "
" I find Facebook absolutely fascinating because I don't think there's ever been any one source that had so much information about each of us - who we talk to, who our friends are, what books we read, what we're buying, what movies we saw, what our travel is. "
" If we were to reengineer the DVR, we would cut America's energy bill by 5%. "
" If you ask anyone on any street corner in the world what the Soviet Union looks like, they would probably have very strong opinions. And they probably would be wrong. "
" If you ever plan to run for office, if you're a teenager, remember everything you do, every tweet, every Facebook posting, every picture you put on Instagram will be there forever for journalists and politicians - for your competition to dig up. "
" If you travel 11 months a year - from one dangerous or isolated situation to the next - if you live in hotels, and every relationship with another human being is a two-week relationship, the only other people who have any idea what you're going through or how strung out you are are other photographers. "
" I love the physicality of books. "
" I'm an optimist. "
" I'm not a computer person at all. I only know how to turn them on. I'm not a programmer. I couldn't program my way out of a paper bag. "
" I'm not very good at science or math, even though I pretend. And I'm not very good at teaching. I'm not very patient. "
" In 1978, 'Time' magazine sent me to do a story about children in Southeast Asia fathered by American GIs. What I saw was very upsetting, but the story they published was whitewashed. "
" Insurance companies want to make sure that you stay on your medicine. "
" I think people love this idea of leaving a message for the future. I was always fascinated by the idea of time capsules. "
" I think that we have to have the ability to decide what we share and what we don't. "
" I think we're going to have auxiliary hard drives to offload our memories. "
" I was painfully shy when I was a kid. I always thought when most people were born, part of the toolkit was teaching you how to relate to other people - and it was just left out of my toolkit. "
" I was voted least likely to manage a business when I was at Dickinson College. "
" I wonder if 50 years from now we'll look back, and maybe Julian Assange will be the hero and J. Edgar Hoover will be the enemy of the state. "
" My company, Against All Odds Productions, has done print on demand; we were the first to do a book with a CD-ROM in the early 1990s. We do custom covers. It's always fun to do something new. "
" My dad was actually against me being a photographer. He thought it was a dead-end job and that you end up doing baby pictures and weddings. "
" My father said, 'You should do 'A Day in the Life of Medicine.' A book about how the human race wants to heal itself in new ways. "
" Netflix and Amazon know when you stop and start a program, whether you wanted the whole thing, all of that. "
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