Worst Technology Predictions of All Time

Predicting the future is easy … getting it right is the hard part.


'Everyone's always asking me when Apple will launch a mobile phone. My answer is, "Never"'.
By:  David Pogue, The New York Times, 2006.  NOTE:  The iPhone came out in 2007.


‘Y2K computer systems around the world will crash and burn.’
By:  EVERYONE


'The Internet won’t go anywhere… it’s just a trendy and oversold community'
By:  Clifford Stoll, Newsweek journalist, 1995.


'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'
By:  20th Century Fox executive Darryl Zanuck, 1946.


'There is… no chance… space satellites will be used to provide better telephone… television or radio service'
By:  Tam Craven, Federal Communications Commissioner, 1961.


‘Remote shopping online, while entirely feasible, it will flop.’
By:  Time Magazine. 1966


'Nuclear-powered vacuum cleaners will probably be a reality within 10 years.'
By:  Alex Lewyt, president of Lewyt vacuum company, 1955.


‘The Americans have a need of the telephone, but we do not.  We have plenty of messenger boys.’
By:  William Preece, British Post Office. 1876




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