It is hard to see the future when looking
at today's realities. Keep these guys in mind as you look
at options and see if your ideas
- Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.
- Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of
- I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.
- Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943
- 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.
- Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?
- H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927. [referring to the
advent of "talkies"]
- Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.
- Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895.
- If I had thought about it, I wouldn't have done the experiment.
The literature was full of examples that said you can't do
- Spencer Silver on the work that led to the unique adhesives
for 3-M "Post-It" Notepads.
- Professor Goddard does not know the relation between
action and reaction and the need to have something better
than a vacuum against which to react. He seems to lack the
basic knowledge ladled out daily in high schools.
- 1921 New York Times editorial about Robert Goddard's
revolutionary rocket work.
- Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.
- Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole
Superieure de Guerre.
- Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction"
- Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872