…Einstein, that is, not O’Connell, whose greatness could be measured by the number of quotations being misattributed to him.
Case in point an E-mail which has been making the rounds of the Internet this Fall linking to similar sites such as “The Day That Albert Einstein Feared May Have Finally Arrived” or “Technology overlaps Humanity.”
(Another version of that caption reads: “I fear the day when the technology overlaps with our humanity. The world will only have a generation of idiots.“)
If you follow the provided links, you’ll see the above graphic refers to a series of photos of people…overwhelmingly young… intently focused on their mobile devices no matter their surroundings or in whose company.
T’were the celebrated Princeton1 theoretical physicist and Nobel Prize winner who thought further outside the box than anyone in recent history, around today, he would doubtless be disturbed by what those images reflect.
But I don’t believe that the word “idiot” was in his lexicon… and if it was, it is not collected… #1, and, #2, what he actually said was:
“The human spirit must prevail over technology.”
Which is likely what he would have said had he even seen those photos of youth absorbed in their devices.