Super bloopers

This isn’t a original post. I picked it up from here.

It deals with “7 tech predictions that were way off the mark”. I will list them down here, but for more information please read the above link.

1. “It would appear that we have reached the limits of what it’s possible to achieve with computer technology, although one should be careful with such statements, as they tend to sound pretty silly in five years.
John von Neumann, 1949

2. “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.
Thomas J Watson, President of IBM, 1943

3. “Computers in the future will weigh no more than 1.5 tons.
Popular Mechanics, 1949

4. “There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.Ken Olsen, co-founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977

5. “640kB should be enough for anyone.
Bill Gates, 1981

6. “I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won’t last out the year.
Editor in charge of business books, Prentice Hall, 1957

7. “Transmission of documents via telephone wires is possible in principle, but the apparatus required is so expensive that it will never become a practical proposition.
Dennis Gabor, 1962

I for one find quote number 5 really funny. But to be honest to these people it’s very easy to laugh at these quote now, but it’s actually very hard to make predictions regarding technological stuff.


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