Embarrassing Computer Industry Forecasts
Sure, computers and the internet have taken the world by surprise, but these statements by top industry leaders are downright ridiculous.
"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." - Ken
Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp.,
"The Internet will catastrophically collapse in 1996." - Robert Metcalfe (inventor of Ethernet), who, in 1997, ate his words (literally) in front of an audience
"The Macintosh uses an experimental pointing device called a 'mouse'. There is no evidence that people want to use these things. I don't want one of these new fangled devices." - John C. Dvorak, technology columnist, 1984
"We've heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards could produce the complete works of Shakespeare; now, thanks to the Internet, we know that is not true." - Robert Wilensky, 1996
"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." - Popular
Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949
"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." - The editor in charge of business
books for Prentice Hall, 1957
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." - IBM Chairman Thomas Watson, 1943
"It would appear that we have reached the limits of what is possible to achieve with computer technology, although one should be carefull with such statements, as they tend to sound pretty silly in five years." - John von Neumann, 1949
"But what... is it good for?" - Engineer at the Advanced Computing
Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip.
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