Scientific Innovation - Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons.

Technology... is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other.
~ C.P. Snow

It is a medium of entertainment which permits millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time, and yet remain lonesome.

~ T.S. Eliot, New York Times, 15 March 1971

Don't get smart alecksy
With the galaxy
Leave the atom alone.
~ E.Y. Harburg, "Leave the Atom Alone," 1957

The most important and urgent problems of the technology of today are no longer the satisfactions of the primary needs or of archetypal wishes, but the reparation of the evils and damages by the technology of yesterday.
~Dennis Gabor, Innovations: Scientific, Technological and Social, 1970

Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons.
~R. Buckminster Fuller

Imagine that the telegraph is an immense long dog — so long that its head is at Vienna and its tail is at Paris. Well, tread on its tail, which is at Paris, and it will bark at Vienna.
~Author unknown, published in Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 1866 August 28th

The greatest task before civilization at present is to make machines what they ought to be, the slaves, instead of the masters of men.
~ Havelock Ellis

The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.
~ Warren G. Bennis

It is questionable if all the mechanical inventions yet made have lightened the day's toil of any human being.
~ John Stuart Mill

You cannot endow even the best machine with initiative; the jolliest steam-roller will not plant flowers.
~ Walter Lippmann