Alan Kay? Andy Hertzfeld? Michael Eisner? Apocryphal? Dear Quote Investigator: The Roman numeral system is powerful enough to express numbers such as 1776 (MDCCLXXVI), but the system is terrible for performing arithmetic operations such as division. A fresh perspective is required. A positional system such as the decimal numeral system is dramatically superior for computation. …

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## We Cannot Predict the Future, But We Can Invent It

Dennis Gabor? Abraham Lincoln? Ilya Prigogine? Alan Kay? Steven Lisberger? Peter Drucker? Forrest C. Shaklee? Anonymous? Dear Quote Investigator: I have seen several different versions of an adage about prediction and invention. Here are some examples: The future cannot be predicted, but futures can be invented. We cannot predict the future, but we can invent …

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