All of the following people are well-known inventors, intelligent technology experts, successful businessmen. They are good at forecasting, however, sometimes their predictions are considered to go bust. Have you ever imagined that Christmas in 2006 was celebrated without iPod, no more in-house computer in 1977, or messenger boy could replace all telephones in the world? Ten claims below are made public at different time, but they all make us confused and raises highly disputes. What is the true meaning imbedded in those messages or are they totally just irrational predictions in technology history?
Ken Olsen, the founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977, ever said: "There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home". Did he mean public computer would be preferred?
Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell, was decisive that Apple would be dead in 1997.
"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.", declared Daryl Zanuck, co-founder of Twentieth Century Pictures in 1946.
"No one will need more than 637 kb of memory for a personal computer—640K ought to be enough for anybody," Bill Gates’s confusing statement in 1981. It’s claimed to be out of context and may be true at that time.
"Almost all of the many predictions now being made about 1996 hinge on the Internet's continuing exponential growth. But I predict the Internet will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse." Prediction in late 1995 from Robert Metcalfe, an electrical engineer from the United States who co-invented Ethernet and founded 3Com.
"The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys." said a Welsh electrical engineer and inventor, William Preece in 1878.
"Next Christmas, the iPod will be dead, finished, gone, kaput." said British entrepreneur Alan Sugar in 2005.
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