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Hard to Predict…..

“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” — Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.

“Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and weigh only 1.5 tons.” — Popular Mechanics, 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.

“But what…is it good for?” — Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip.

“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” — Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977.

“640K ought to be enough for anybody.” — Attributed to Bill Gates, 1981, but believed to be an urban legend.

“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.

“While theoretically and technically television may be feasible, commercially and financially it is an impossibility.” — Lee DeForest, inventor.

“We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.” — Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.

“Radio has no future. Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible. X-rays will prove to be a hoax.” — William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, British scientist, 1899.

“There will never be a bigger plane built.” — A Boeing engineer, after the first flight of the 247, a twin engine plane that holds ten people.

“Everything that can be invented has been invented.” — Attributed to Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899, but known to be an urban legend.

Hard to Predict

Its one of these facts of life isn't it? The prosperous bookmaker drives home in his Bentley whilst the mug punters who fund his lifestyle have perhaps gambled away the rent or shopping money for the week. I have been at two horse racing meetings and it's easy to see how people can get hooked. It's a great day out and a colourful and exciting spectacle. It could also end up being your most expensive day out ever!

My analytical veiw of betting governs my participation in it. I very rarely do it, and even when I do it is always a modest amount. I only buy a lottery ticket once in a blue moon and I think these things are a masterstroke. A popular voluntary taxation!

Have a look at some of the predictions below.

These opinions were given mostly by people who were experts in their chosen field. This illustrates how difficult it can be to spot a trend or realize the pontential in something. I hope none of these guys put money on their predictions!

 

«Everything that can be invented has been invented
Charles H. Duell, an official at the US patent office, 1899.

«It will be gone by June.»
Variety, passing judgement on rock 'n roll in 1955.

 

«They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist-»
Last words of Gen. John Sedgwick, spoken as he looked out over the parapet at enemy lines during the Battle of Spotsylvania in 1864.

 

«With over fifteen types of foreign cars already on sale here, the Japanese auto industry isn't likely to carve out a big share of the market for itself.»
Business Week, August 2, 1968.

«The horse is here to stay but the automobile 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 Co., 1903.

 

«Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible
Lord Kelvin, British mathematician and physicist, president of the British Royal Society, 1895.

 

«There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.»
Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC), maker of big business mainframe computers, arguing against the PC in 1977.

 

The punter armed with the Sporting Life striding confidently towards the bookies would do well to take heed!

More Bad Predictions HERE

 

 

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