Think

“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



“Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.” 

Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895



“Everything that can be invented has been invented.”

Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899



“The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?”

David Sarnoff’s associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s



“Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau.”

Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929



“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”

Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943



“Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.”

 Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949



“I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won’t last out the year.”

The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957



“We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.”

Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962



“But what … is it good for?”

Engineer at IBM, commenting on the microchip, 1968



“So we went to Atari and said, ‘Hey, we’ve got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we’ll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we’ll come work for you.’ And they said, ‘No.’ So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, ‘Hey, we don’t need you. You haven’t got through college yet.’”

Apple Computer Inc. founder Steve Jobs on attempts to get Atari and HP 

interested in his and Steve Wozniak’s personal computer in 1975



“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.”

Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp. 1977



“The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.”

Arthur C. Clarke,  "Technology and the Future"

  

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