They predicted oblivion.
From nuclear energy to telephones almost always have new technology were detractors who are skeptical claimed that the novelty has no future. But in fact, this was not the case. In this review 15 of the predictions of famous and respected people, which was utter nonsense.
1. Nuclear energy
“There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be available. This would mean that employees at will can destroy atom.” Albert Einstein.
“We don’t like their sound and in popularity of guitar music is already on the decline”. Record company Decca, who refused to sign a contract with the Beatles.
“This “telephone” has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. Such a device has no value for us.” Internal correspondence is Western Union.
4. Train travel
“Rail travel at high speed is not possible. Passengers will not be able to breathe and will die of asphyxia”. Dr. Dionysius Lardner.
5. The demand for computers
“I think that in the world market there are buyers except on five computers.” The Chairman of IBM Thomas Watson.
“X-rays — complete hoax and nonsense.” Lord Kelvin, President Royal society.
“Anyone who is even remotely familiar with the technology will understand that this is a complete failure.” Statement of Henry Morton, President of Stevens Institute of Technology, the Edison bulb.
“The horse has been, and will remain a horse forever, and the car — passing novelty-a fad.” The President of the Michigan savings Bank, which advised the lawyer of Henry Ford not to invest in Ford Motor Co.
“Television will not last long because people will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.” Producer 20th Century Fox Darryl Zanuck.
“Nobody is going to pay huge money to get from Berlin to Potsdam in one hour when you can do it on horses for free for one day.” The king of Prussia Wilhelm I on the trains.
11. Personal computer
“For man there is no reason to have a computer at home.” President, Chairman of the Board of Directors and founder of Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), Ken Olson. The report made at the meeting of the World Future Society in Boston.
12. Machine gun
“No, he will make war impossible.” The inventor of the machine gun Hiram Maxim in response to the question: “would the weapons of war more terrible.”
“The wireless music box has no commercial value. Who will pay for the message that was not sent to someone specifically.” Partners David Sarnoff in response to the call to invest in radio.
“Will never be built aircraft greater than this.” Boeing engineer after the first flight of the Boeing 247, a plane with two engines that could seat ten people.
“The idea that cavalry will be replaced by these iron coaches is absurd. To say this is like cheating”. Comment of aide-de-camp of field Marshal Haig at the tank demonstration about.
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