'Delete your account' and other quotes that defined the 2010s
It wasn't just Steve Jobs, Elon Musk and Hillary Clinton who said things worth remembering in the last decade. A frustrated judge also questioned whether an overeager Apple lawyer was smoking crack, for example.
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The decade that was the 2010s brought us a lot to talk about in technology, with the talking itself sometimes being a story.
Bold promises, snappy retorts and grudging mea culpas could become headlines on their own, especially when they spilled from the mouths of politicians and celebrity CEOs. Some were said in person and many came over Twitter, with its emphasis on making rapid-fire pithy musings.
But the quotes that make us think, laugh and scratch our heads weren't just from well-known people trying to be witty or profound. A celebrated scientist raised the alarm about rapidly advancing technologies like AI, a private citizen exposed a culture of sexual harassment at one of the industry's most supercharged companies and a small robot said hello from another planet.
Thanks to the help of CNET editors around the world, here are the 30 (unranked) quotes that defined the decade in technology.
I am not going to be running around trying to get 75 pages of briefings for people who are not going to be testifying. I mean, come on. 75 pages! 75 pages! You want me to do an order on 75 pages, (and) unless you're smoking crack, you know these witnesses aren't going to be called when you have less than four hours."
"I'm safely on the surface of Mars. GALE CRATER I AM IN YOU!!! #MSL"
Mars Curiosity rovervia Twitter after landing on the Red Planet. (Aug. 5, 2012)
'I'm just another guy'
"I'm no different from anyone else. I don't have special skills. I'm just another guy who sits there day to day in the office, watches what's happening and goes, 'This is something that's not our place to decide. The public needs to decide whether these programs and policies are right or wrong."
"It's not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along. And that, I think, might be one of the additional superpowers that quite frankly women who don't ask for raises have."
"While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven't publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me."
"A chemistry is performed so that a chemical reaction occurs and generates a signal from the chemical interaction with the sample, which is translated into a result, which is then reviewed by certified laboratory personnel."
"When I asked our director at an org all-hands about what was being done about the dwindling numbers of women in the org compared to the rest of the company, his reply was, in a nutshell, that the women of Uber just needed to step up and be better engineers."
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"Maybe you are busy looking for a way to recover your files, but do not waste your time. Nobody can recover your files without our decryption service."
Ransomware attack WannaCry announcing itself to victims. The attack, which encrypted data on a victim's computer, crippled hospitals, phone companies and even traffic cameras. It spread across more than 100,000 organizations in 150 countries within days. (May 2017)
The net neutrality fight
"This effort is going to give our broadband providers the power to decide which voices should be amplified, what sites we visit, what connections we make and what communities we can create online. That seems to me a radical change and it's one that I am willing to raise my voice to fight."
"The genie is out of the bottle. We need to move forward on artificial intelligence development but we also need to be mindful of its very real dangers. I fear that AI may replace humans altogether."
Physicist Stephen Hawking in an interview with Wired. Hawking would die three months later at age 76. (December 2017)
How Facebook functions
'We thought the data had been deleted'
"We thought the data had been deleted and we should have checked. They gave us assurances and it wasn't until other people told us it wasn't true … We had legal assurances from them that they deleted it."