Here are some technology predictions that proved to be completely wrong. It is a good thing that pessimists and doubters don't always have the last word. Sources: scientificamerican.com pcworld.com listverse.com
"I predict the Internet will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse."
Robert Metcalfe, inventor of Ethernet
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”
–Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943
“There is practically no chance communications space satellites will be used to provide better telephone, telegraph, television, or radio service inside the United States.”
T. Craven, FCC Commissioner, in 1961
"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.”
–Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949
That is the weight of an average hippopotamus.
“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.”
–Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977
"The iMac will only sell to some of the true believers. [It's] clean, elegant, floppy-free—and doomed."
The Boston Globe, May 14, 1998
“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 internal memo, 1876.
“Nuclear-powered vacuum cleaners will probably be a reality in 10 years.”
Alex Lewyt, president of vacuum cleaner company Lewyt Corp., in the New York Times in 1955.
“[Television] won’t be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.”
Darryl Zanuck, movie producer, 20th Century Fox, 1946.
"Two years from now, spam will be solved."
World Economic Forum, 2004: Bill Gates