A writer off-guard since the materials with which he works are so dangerous can expect agony as quick as a thunderclap.
("Breakfast of Champions")
More Quotes from Kurt Vonnegut:Dear Friends: As one who has experimented extensively with life in the home and community, using real people in true-life situations, I doubt that any playthings could prepare a child for one millionth of what is going to hit him in the teeth, ready or not.
Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?
We'd all do well to start over again, preferably with kindergarten.
It is just an illusion here on Earth that one moment follows another one, like beads on a string, and that once a moment is gone, it is gone forever.
The brainless serenity of charwomen and janitors working late at night came over us. In a messy world we were at least making our little corner clean.
I am a very bad scientist. I will do anything to make a human being feel better, even if it's unscientific. No scientist worthy of the name could say such a thing.
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Note that I am not proposing that AI research be ignored or less funded.