Quotes of the week: US inequality, human wallets, & Ballmer criticises Nadella

Some of the best quotes from this week’s IDG Connect editorial content.

“The internet is not just for when we’re spending money. As a human being I’m more than a wallet.”

- Mitchell Baker, Executive Chairman of the Mozilla Foundation on internet frustrations


“AI is going mainstream. And the risk of non-adoption are far higher than the risk of faulty adoption.”

- Chetan Dube, CEO of IPsoft explains why we need to be prepared for the future of AI


There’s a group of people who can do whatever they want and to all practical purposes for free ... The have-nots can vote but our political system isn’t representative of the interests of the bulk of the population.”

- Jerry Kaplan scolds US inequality


Wearables are the new human-machine interfaces. If I think about my biggest hopes and fears, there’s a lot of technology I have access to, but it’s really complicated my life, not made it simpler. I spend a lot of time debugging stuff. It hasn’t made me healthier or my family more secure. It doesn’t give me back time to play soccer with my kids. The Internet of Things (IoT) can do that.”

– Asit Goel, NXP on the potential of applications that know all about us


“Dropbox is the Switzerland in the war of ecosystems.”

– Dropbox UK, Ireland and Benelux MD Mark van der Linden on the collaboration war


“We had pretty basic hopes.”

– Windows terminals co-inventor Jeff McNaught reminisces


“While important progress has been made in cost reduction and deployment of clean energy technologies, the pace of innovation and the scale of transformation and dissemination remains significantly short of what is needed.”

– Breakthrough Energy Coalition founders’ mission


“I don’t think it’s the investors at all but the founders and entrepreneurs that have created a narrative in their own minds that this valuation is the be all and end all of success and unless I get unicorn status I don’t get to hire this next person.”

- George Mathew of Alteryx takes aim at ‘sub-prime’ unicorns


“That won’t work.”

– Former CEO Steve Ballmer on current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s plan for growing the Windows Phone apps base