These aren’t from psychic hotlines, I assure you. Here are ten ridiculous forecasts made by famous people in the tech industry today. Their boasts were proven false by the course of history. No matter how many people doubt you, the good news is that there is always room for improvement when it comes to mousetraps.

10 A Cellular Phone

I don’t think this ‘telephone’ can be taken seriously as a communication tool because of all its flaws. [1876]—Memorandum from within Western Union.

Regardless of whether this was based on belief or wishful thinking, Western Union missed the memo. Rather, they penned the one mentioned earlier during a The first functional telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell, who also offered Western Union $100,000 to purchase his patent. In addition to rejecting him, corporate representatives said the following: “We do not see that this device will be ever capable of sending recognizable speech over a distance of several miles.” It is the goal of Hubbard and Bell to have their telephone gadget installed in every city. Just looking at the proposal makes it seem foolish. In addition, why bother with this cumbersome and unpractical apparatus when one can just dispatch a messenger to the telegraph office and have a legible written message delivered to any major city in America? [This tool] serves no purpose whatsoever and is essentially a plaything. Within hours of one other in the 1870s, Elisha Gray and Alexander Graham Bell simultaneously hurried to the patent office with inventions that could electrically convey speech. The courts ultimately decided that Bell was the true inventor, despite the fact that he was faster.

9 A Vehicle

The horse will remain in use for the foreseeable future, while the car is merely a passing craze.

If this prediction made by the president of the Michigan Savings Bank came true, just think of all the “clean-up” employment that would be available in New York alone. Henry Ford’s attorney Horace Rackham received this counsel in 1903 in an effort to dissuade him from making an investment in the Ford Motor Company. Disregarding the warning, Rackham put $5,000 into Ford stock. A subsequent sale of his shares brought about $12.5 million. Worldwide, production of motor vehicles surpassed 84 million in 2012. In 2007, an estimated 802 million cars and light trucks were driving across the country, and there are around 259 million vehicles in circulation right now.

8 A horse is my kingdom? Not far from the railroads!

Motorized cars “replacing” horses is an old argument that most of us have heard. Parliamentary opposition to constructing a railway in England between Liverpool and Manchester in 1825 was the most comical of all. All the publications and pamphlets were completely ridiculous and completely irrelevant to the idea. Here are the hazards that have been described: Cows and hens would both be unable to graze and lay eggs due to the railway. Birds would perish in the locomotives’ polluted air, and foxes and pheasants would be ruined. The engine-chimneys would completely destroy any nearby houses. England would be contaminated by smoke clouds. With no one to sell oats and hay to, the horse industry would collapse. The inns in the countryside would go out of business (don’t ask me why) because road travel is so risky. The passengers would be reduced to atoms when the boilers burst. On the other hand, there was always the solace of knowing that no matter how well-built the railways were, steam power would never be able to move the heavy locomotives. The railroad would essentially bomb England, making it look like Hiroshima. Hey, guess what? It was a complete bust.

7 The Use of X-Rays, Radios, and Aircraft

There can be no flying machines that are heavier than air. The future of radio is bleak. “X-rays don’t exist.”

One of the most prominent scientists of his day, William Thomson, Lord Kelvin (1824–1907), made these incorrect predictions. The Irish prodigy began patenting his 70 innovations when he was just 16 years old. While nearly dying supervising the installation of the first transatlantic telegraph wire that connected Ireland and Canada, he also developed the mirror galvanometer and found the Joule-Thomson cooling effect. He began his career in navigation in 1870, developing a better compass that the British Navy used in 1882. Strangely, in a 1900 speech to physicists at the British Association for the Advancement of Science, the man who was knighted in 1886 and bestowed numerous honors, including the Kelvin (K) scale, did not believe in flying machines, radios, or X-rays. Accurate measurement is the only thing that’s left. The presence of Crater Thomson on the moon makes one wonder how he would feel.

6 Video

Once television enters a market, it will lose any competitive advantage it had in the first six months. Looking at the same wooden box night after night will eventually get old for people, right?

Darryl F. Zanuck, the tycoon of Hollywood studios, said this in 1946. There were others. “The problem of TV was that people had to glue their eyes to a screen and that the average American wouldn’t have time for that,” according to a 1939 article published in The New York Times. They had a point. More time was required. The average American spends five hours a day staring at a screen, according to a Neilsen research from 2010. (Mulholland disappeared when The Times needed him.) To prevent the heated arguments that inevitably arise when one family’s viewing preferences clash—say, between a Britcom, a baseball game, and the children’s obsession with Survivor—more and more sets are being added to every household.

5 Destroy it?

Getting [nuclear energy] anytime soon is completely out of the question. This would necessitate the ability to break the atom at will.

It was in 1934 when Enrico Fermi found that uranium atoms would release energy by splitting into lighter elements if attacked with neutrons; this comment, which published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on December 29, 1934, came from none other than Albert Einstein. Scientists had a better grasp on nuclear fission just five years later, when they realized that once a chain reaction was initiated, it would increase and cause a catastrophic explosion. The chain reaction had been experimentally established by 1942. Reportedly, Admiral Leahy of the Fleet informed Truman “As an expert on explosives, I can tell you that this is the most foolish thing we’ve ever done. The bomb will never detonate.” Yes, it did. It was above Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, 1945, when the first atomic bomb detonated during the war. Nuclear power, however, has its advantages and disadvantages. The first nation to harness this incredible discovery for power generation at its nuclear power station in Obninsk, Soviet Union, was the Soviet Union in 1954.

4 The Cosmos

“The Earth’s atmosphere is an impenetrable barrier for rockets.” Written in 1936 for the New York Times.

What color was the Grey Lady’s face when the United States began space exploration in January of 1946? It had been just ten years since then. The first American-built rocket, WAC, was launched at White Sands Proving grounds on March 22. It reached a height of 50 miles and became the first American rocket to escape the Earth’s atmosphere. Twelve American astronauts made it to the moon during the six manned Apollo missions that occurred between 1969 and 1972, during which we exited Earth’s atmosphere. Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969. By the way, on July 17, 1969, just as Apollo 11 was about to take off, The Times issued a retraction!

3 computers

In my opinion, there is a global market for no more than five computers. In 1943, Thomas Watson was the chairman of IBM.

Looking for an excuse to go on? It was common practice back then. There is no rationale for a person to own a personal computer, according to Digital Equipment Corp. founder Ken Olsen. He made these remarks in 1977 when speaking to the World Future Society in Boston, and they were heavily cited. Nevertheless, Olsen has argued that the comment was misconstrued, clarifying that he was not referring to individual computers but rather a central computer system that would govern the entire house. Meanwhile, the number of personal computers sold globally has surpassed one billion since the mid-1970s.

2 the web

“In 1996, the Internet will collapse catastrophically, and the Internet will soon go spectacularly supernova.”

In an issue of InfoWorld from 1995, the great Robert Metcalfe made this humiliating claim. Actually, he made a pact to “eat his words” if he was mistaken. The 3Com digital electronics company was created by the award-winning Dr. Metcalfe, who co-invented the Ethernet and has a PhD from Harvard. He became a general partner of Polaris Venture Partners in January 2006. In the end, he kept his word from 1995. With the use of a handy blender, he swallowed the magazine page that had the quote on it while delivering his keynote speech at the sixth International World Wide Web Conference in 1997!

1 Buying Things Online

“Women prefer to go to stores, touch products, and have the option to change their minds, so online shopping, although technically possible, will not appeal to them.” -From 1966, according to TIME magazine.

It turned out that the magazine was actually referring to catalog shopping, which was our first assumption. In 2012, sales from online retailers exceeded one trillion dollars. It would appear that modern women are doing more than just staying at home to support their families.

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