Quotes of the Week: "An insult to life"

Some of the best quotes from the tech industry this week

“In our world, data is a new material. The technology role makes things even more relevant.”

Fossil CTO Sonny Vu on fashion and wearable tech


“We are troubled to note that the practices described to us by drivers working with Uber would appear to fit the Victorians’ definition of ‘sweated labour’.”

UK Labour MP Frank Field in a new report looking in Uber’s treatment of it drivers


“Amazon should be ashamed that they pay their workers so little that they have to camp out in the dead of winter to make ends meet.”

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie commenting on poor working conditions experienced by Amazon workers in Scotland


“Sunlight is the best disinfectant. Companies that operate globally ought to be accountable globally.”

UK MP Meg Hillier on the lack of transparency when it comes to companies paying tax, while adding the government is always “one step behind” technology companies on the issue


“Many people are talking about drone delivery. So why not just plain legged robots?”

Marc Raibert, the CEO of Boston Dynamics, on alternative uses for his robots


“It didn’t go perfectly to plan, but things rarely do. We gave it a shot. We built a great product, we shipped it, we started a market…and we weren’t able to get to the next step.”

Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky on selling his company


“If you want iPhones to be made in America, I can make that happen, too. Heck, I can set up a production line in Trump Towers if you like, but the costs will be yuuuge... You see, I don't manufacture in China just because it's cheaper, but because thousands of suppliers are there, within spitting distance of my factories and the one million people I employ during peak season.”

Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou in a very honest open letter to Donald Trump


“The Russians use hacking and cyber-warfare like hand cream, every day and all the time.”

Military expert Malcolm Nance speaking on SiriusXm


“I strongly feel that this is an insult to life itself... I am utterly disgusted.”

Animator Hayao Miyazaki reacting to AI-generated animation footage