The Top 10 Worst Predictions – On the growth of Technology
1. The iPod will never take off – Sir Alan Sugar in 2005.
2. No need for a computer in the home – Ken Olsen, founder of Digital Equipment Corp in 1977.
3. “Nuclear-powered vacuum cleaners will probably be a reality within ten years” - Alex Lewyt, president of the Lewyt Corp Vaccum company.
4. TV won’t last because people would, “soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night” – Darryl Zanuck in 1946.
5. In 1933, after the First Flight on the Boeing 247, a plane that could hold ten people, a proud being engineer reportedly said , “there will never be a bigger plane built”.
6. “we stand on the threshold of rocket mail” – US postmaster general Arthur Summerfield in 1959.
7. Nobody would ever need more than 640 kb of memory on their personal computer – Bill Gates in 1981, allegedly.
8. “The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys” – Sir William Preece, Chief Engineer at the post office in 1878.
9. “Spam will be solved” – Bill Gates, 2004.
10. “X-rays will prove to be a hoax” – Lord Kelvin, President of the Royal Society, in 1883.
Source: The Daily Telegraph