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Seven Tech predictions that were wildly off the mark…(!)

February 17th, 2016

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By chloeg

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

“I think there’s a world market for maybe five computers.” (Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.)”I have travelled 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 titles for publisher Prentice Hall, 1957.)

“But what is it good for?” (Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, talking about the microchip, 1968)

“There is no reason why anyone would want to have a computer in their home.” (Ken Olson,  president and founder of Digital Equipment Corp, 1977.)

“This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.” (Western Union memo, 1876.)

“So we went to Atari and said, ‘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.’ They said ‘No’. Then we went to Hewlett-Packard; they said, ‘We don’t need you. You haven’t got through college yet’.” (Steve Jobs on attempts to drum up interest in his and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak’s personal computer.)

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