Iwakura, Yasuo: Let me give you one little warning.
Lain Iwakura: Huh?
Iwakura, Yasuo: When it's all said and done, the Wired is just a medium of communication and the transfer of information. You mustn't confuse it with the real world. Do you understand what I'm warning you about?
Lain Iwakura: You're wrong.
Iwakura, Yasuo: Huh?
Lain Iwakura: The border between the two isn't all that clear. I'll be able to enter it soon. In full range. Full motion. I'll translate myself into it.
Iwakura, Yasuo: Even with a top of the line civilian Navi, you couldn't.
Lain Iwakura: I can do it. I've modified mine.
Iwakura, Yasuo: A Psyche processor, huh? But...
Lain Iwakura: Don't worry. I'm still me.
Iwakura, Yasuo: Sometimes I wonder.
"The time has come to cast aside these bonds and to elevate our consciousness to a higher plane. It is time to become a part of all things!"
— The Puppet Master, Ghost in the Shell
"As distances vanish and the people can flow freely from place to place, society will cross a psychological specific heat boundary and enter a new state. No longer a solid or liquid, we have become as a vapor and will expand to fill all available space. And like a gas, we shall not be easily contained."
— Sister Miriam Godwinson, Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri
"We have reached an informational threshold which can only be crossed by harnessing the speed of light directly. The quickest computations require the fastest possible particles moving along the shortest paths. Since the capability now exists to take our information directly from photons travelling molecular distances, the final act of the information revolution will soon be upon us."
— Academician Prokhor Zakharov, Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri
"In a few years, it will all be over, and the human race will have divided in twain. There is no way back, and no future for the world you know. All the hopes and dreams of your race are ended now. You have given birth to your successors, and it is your tragedy that you will never understand them—will never even be able to communicate with their minds. [...] You will not think them human, and you will be right."
— Karellen, Childhood's End
"there's a special kind of nerd though, who thinks computers will overtake humanity in thirty years, changing humanity in ways incomprehensible to us now, ignoring the third of the world without electricity. so the singularity is the nerd way of saying "in the future being rich and white will be even more awesome." it's flying car bullshit: surely the world will conform to our speculative fiction, surely we're the ones who will get to live in the future, it gives spiritual significance to technology developed primarily for entertainment or warfare, and gives nerds something to obsess over , that isn't the crushing vacuousness of their lives"
"With global warming solved using green nanobots and our energy crisis averted thanks to orbital mirror stations and the space elevator, everyone has access to full brain upload and download. Money is no longer a thing we concern ourselves with and we are all able to become the beautiful Asian women we have always wanted to be."
"Singularitarians are the munchkins of the real world. We just ignore all the usual dungeons and head straight for the cycle of infinite wish spells."
“Sarif was right about one thing, it’s in our nature to want to rise above our limits. Think about it. We were cold, so we harnessed fire. We were weak, so we invented tools. Every time we met an obstacle, we used creativity and ingenuity to overcome it. The cycle is inevitable…but will the outcome always be good? I guess that will depend on how we approach it.These past few months, I was challenged many times, but more often than not, didn’t I try to keep morality in mind, knowing that my actions did not have to harm others? Time and time again, didn’t I resist the urge to abuse power and resources, simply to achieve my goals more swiftly? In the past we’ve had to compensate for weaknesses, finding quick solutions that only benefit a few. But what if we never have to feel weak or morally conflicted again? What if the path Sarif wants us to take enables us to hold on to higher values with more stability? One thing is obvious: for the first time, we have a chance to steal fire from the gods. To turn away from it now, to stop pursuing a future where technology and biology combine – leading to the promise of a Singularity – would be to deny the essence of who we are. No doubt the road to get there will be bumpy, hurting some people along the way. But won’t achieving the dream be worth it? We can become the gods we’ve always been striving to be. We might as well get good at it.”
—Adam Jensen, Deus Ex: Human Revolution Sarif/Pro-Augmentation Ending - Pacifist playthrough