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A Timeline of Very Bad Future Predictions

A Timeline of Very Bad Future Predictions 1800 Rail travel at high speed is not possible, because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxia. Dr. Dionysys Larder, Professor of Natural Philosophy & Astronomy, University College London 1859 Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You're crazy! Associates of Edwin L. Drake refusing his suggestion to drill for oil in 1859 (Later that Drake succeeded in drilling the first oil year, well.) 1876 This telephone has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. Western Union internal memo 1880 Everyone acquainted with the subject will recognize it as a conspicuous failure. Henry Morton, president of the Stevens Institute of Technology, on Edison's light bulb 1902 Flight by machines heavier than air is unpractical and insignificant, if not utterly impossible, Simon Newcomb, Canadian-American astronomer and mathematician, 18 months before the Wright Brothers' flight at Kittyhawk 1903 The horse is here to stay, but the automo- bile is only a novelty, a fad. The president of the Michigan Savings Bank, advising Henry Ford's lawyer not to invest in the Ford Motor Company 1916 The idea that cavalry will be replaced by these iron coaches is absurd. It is little short of treasonous. Comment of Aide-de-camp to Field Marshal Haig, at tank demonstration 1916 The cinema is little more than a fad. It's canned drama. What audiences really want to see is flesh and blood on the stage. Charlie Chaplin, actor, producer, director, and studio founder 1921 The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to no one in particular? Associates of commercial radio and television pioneer, David Sarnoff, responding to his call for investment in the radio 1927 "Who the hell wants to hear actors talk? H. M. Warner, co-founder of Warner Brothers 1946 Television won't last because people will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night. Darryl Zanuck, movie producer, 20th Century Fox 1977 There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home, Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corporation 1995 Read пеwspapers Online CLICK HERE The truth is no online database will replace your daily newspaper, .. Clifford Stoll, Newsweek article entitled The Internet? Bah! ©

A Timeline of Very Bad Future Predictions

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