“We should not make any comments on anything without knowing its full potential.”
With the continuously evolving world, every new invention is a hit if it solves a daily life problem or is a source of great entertainment for people. Some things invented in the nineties have grown so rapidly and have become a part of life in today’s generation. Everything that is useful is hit. In these conditions, every new invention brings with it a whole new set of critic reviews.
Same is the case with big inventions which were introduced in decades ago and are now a part of life. On their invention, people predicted many things but some turns out to be bad predictions which highly contradict in today’s world. Let have a look at these bad predictions.
1. “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.”
— Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977.
2. “640K ought to be enough for anybody.”
— Attributed to Bill Gates, 1981, but believed to be an urban legend.
3. “This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.”
— Western Union internal memo, 1876.
4. “The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys.”
— Sir William Preece, chief engineer of the British Post Office, 1876.
5. “While theoretically and technically television may be feasible, commercially and financially it is an impossibility.”
— Lee DeForest, inventor.
6. “Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?”
— H. M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927.
7. “We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.”
— Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.
8. “Radio has no future. Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible. X-rays will prove to be a hoax.”
— William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, British scientist, 1899.
9. “I see no good reasons why the views given in this volume should shock the religious sensibilities of anyone.”
— Charles Darwin, The Origin Of Species, 1869.
10. “With over 50 foreign cars already on sale here, the Japanese auto industry isn’t likely to carve out a big slice of the U.S. market.”
— Business Week, August 2, 1968.
11. “Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You’re crazy.”
— Workers whom Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil in 1859.
12. “Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.”
— Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre.
13. “There will never be a bigger plane built.”
— A Boeing engineer, after the first flight of the 247, a twin engine plane that holds ten people.
14. “Everything that can be invented has been invented.”
— Attributed to Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899, but known to be an urban legend.
15. “Rail travel at high speed is not possible because, Passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxia.”
— Dr. Dionysys Larder, science writer, and academic, in 1828.
16. “A rocket will never be able to leave the Earth’s atmosphere.”
— New York Times, 1936.
17. “Televisions won’t last, It’s a flash in pan.”
— Mary Somerville, pioneer of radio educational broadcasts, 1948.
18. “Cellular phones will absolutely not replace local wire systems.”
— Marty Cooper, inventor. 1981.
19. “We will never make a 32-bit operating system.”
— Bill Gates, 1989.
20. “Spam will be a thing of the past in two years’ time.”
— Bill Gates, 2004.
21. “There’s just not that many videos I want to watch.”
— Steve Chen, CTO, and co-founder of YouTube.
22. “Next Christmas, iPod will be dead, finished, gone, kaput.”
— Alan Sugar, 2005.
23. “There’s no chance that iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance.”
— Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, 2007.
24. “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”
— Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.
25. “Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and weigh only 1.5 tons.”
— Popular Mechanics, 1949.