Some truly great prophecies from the past
- Computers in the future may weigh no more
than 1.5 tons.
Forecasting the relentless march of Science, 1949.
- I think there is a world market for maybe
Thomas Watson, Chairman
of IBM, 1943
- But what . . . is good for?
Engineer at the
Advanced Computing Systems Division, 1968, commenting on the
- I have traveled the length and breadth of
the country and talked to the best people and I can assure you
that data processing is a fad that won't last but a year.
The editor in
charge business books for Prentice Hall, 1957.
- 640K ought to be enough for anybody.
Bill Gates, 1981.
- There is no reason anyone would want a
computer in their home.
Ken Olson, President,
Chairman, and Founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977.
- The commercial market for computers will
never exceed a half-dozen in the U.S.
Howard Aiken, 1945.
- Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?
H.M. Warner, Warner
- This "telephone" has too many shortcomings
to be seriously considered as a means of communication. This
device is inherently of no value to us.
Western Union internal
- The wireless music box has no imaginable
commercial value. Who would pay for a message send to nobody
associates in response to his urgings for investment in the
radio in the 1920's.
- We believe that no particular use is made
of the fluid petroleum, from the "tar springs" of California,
except as a lotion for bruises and rheumatic affections. It
has a repugnant odor, and although it can be made to burn with
a pretty good light, its smell is offensive. This, perhaps,
maybe obviated by distilling it with some acid; we believe
that this is not impossible in this age of advanced chemistry.
If the offensive odor could be removed, a valuable and
profitable business might be carried on in manufacturing
burning fluid from it.
Scientific American, May
- Communications of the ACM 42(November
1999), pp. 11-14.
- Scientific American May 2007, p. 18 .