Predicting the Future
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The following show how dangerous
it is to try and predict the future
"Man will never reach the moon regardless of all future scientific
"The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosive."
"There is no likehood man can ever tap the power of the atom."
"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
"But what is it good for?"
"640K ought to be enough for anybody."
"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
"This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered
as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value
"The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?" David Sarnoff's associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s.
"I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falling on his face and
not Gary Cooper."
"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out."
"Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible."
"Aeroplanes are interesting toys but of no military value."
"If I had thought about it, I wouldn't have done the experiment.
The literature was full of examples that said you can't do this."
"So we went to Atari and said, 'Hey, we've got this amazing thing,
even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding
us? Or we'll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary,
we'll come work for you.' And they said, 'No.' So then we went to
Hewlett-Packard, and they said, 'Hey, we don't need you. You haven't
got through college yet.'"
"Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and
reaction and the need to have something better than a vacuum against
which to react. He seems to lack the basic knowledge ladled out daily
in high schools."
"Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil?
"Everything that can be invented has been invented."
"Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction."
"The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from
the intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon."