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.
Angst at Apple
An awkward iPhone moment
“Just avoid holding it that way.”
Apple CEO Steve Jobs in an email to a customer after iPhone 4 users complained of degraded call quality when they touched the phone’s antenna in a certain way. Three weeks later, Apple announced it would give all iPhone 4 customers free bumpers that would protect the antenna. (June 24, 2010)
“I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”