Tuesday, 7 September 2010
”Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.”
--Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949
”I think there is 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.”
--The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957
”But what ... is it good for?”
--Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip.
”There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.”
--Ken Olson, president, chairman 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 internal memo, 1876.
”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.
”Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?”
--H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927.
”I’m just glad it’ll be Clark Gable who’s falling on his face and not
Gary Cooper.”--Gary Cooper on his decision not to take the leading role in “Gone With The Wind.”
”We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.’
--Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.
”Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.”
--Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895.
”Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You’re crazy.”
--Drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil in 1859.
”Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.”
--Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre.
”Everything that can be invented has been invented.”
--Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, US Office of Patents, 1899.
”Louis Pasteur’s theory of germs is ridiculous fiction.”
--Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872
”The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon.”
--Sir John Eric Ericksen, British surgeon, appointed Surgeon Extraordinary to Queen Victoria 1873.
And a classic quote from “640K ought to be enough for anybody.”
- Bill Gates 1987