From the iPad to ID cards: 2010's quotes of the year

Summary:"You can love your robot but it's not going to love you back..."

"You can love your robot but it's not going to love you back..."

As 2010 draws to a close and we mark the passing of another year of big gadget launches, bold political pronouncements and industry spats,'s Natasha Lomas looks back over the past 12 months to pick out IT's quotes of the year.


"You can love your robot but it's not going to love you back"
- Noel Sharkey, professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at the University of Sheffield, discusses the future of robotics

"I'm surprised frankly that the sex industry hasn't yet cottoned on to robotics"
- There may be no love in robotics but professor Alan Winfield, of the University of the West of England, wonders why there's no sex

"My guess is that it will at least equal the technology featured in the movie Minority Report, and most likely have smarts that are AI-based"
- Peter Cochrane, columnist, sketching what an Apple tablet might be capable of a week or so before the launch of the iPad

"I am tired of only thinking about the regular, dull PC roadmap"
- Asus chairman Jonney Shih discusses Asus' hardware vision in an interview with


"The problem is netbooks aren't better at anything"
- Apple CEO Steve Jobs sticks the boot into mini-laptops

"We call it the iPad... a truly magical and revolutionary product"
- Apple CEO Steve Jobs finally launches the much rumoured Apple tablet

Apple CEO Steve Jobs launching the iPad

Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiling the "magical and revolutionary" iPad
(Photo credit: James Martin/CNET)

"It's highly portable, has iPhone-like simplicity and usability and positively oozes 'I want'"
- Alastair Behenna, CIO at Harvey Nash, assesses the iPad

"Just having a lot of raw material doesn't mean you can build a thing - having lots and lots of steel doesn't mean you can build a suspension bridge. You need the design"
- Alan Winfield, Hewlett Packard Professor of electronic engineering at the University of the West of England, on the challenge of building a human-level artificial intelligence

"Everything and nothing really"
- Susan Greenfield, professor of pharmacology at Oxford University's Lincoln College, answering the question: 'how much do we know about the human brain?'


"Superfast broadband is the electricity of the digital age"
- The then Prime Minister Gordon Brown, giving a speech on the UK's digital future

"The geek hegemony over technology is ending"
- Seb Janacek,'s Apple columnist riffing on the impact of the iPad

"Do we let people bring in their own desks and chairs next?"
- esure CIO Mark Foulsham questions the idea of letting employees buy and support their own kit

"I was even able to glean the login name and password of the young lady on my right - just by glancing at her screen and watching her keystrokes"
- Peter Cochrane, columnist, shows that people are still the weakest link for info security

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