Would be interested if at least some of the people who made statements and forecasts below should be made now to answer the same questions / proposals and make forecasts. In `81 Bill Gates He said "640 KB It should be enough for everyone":))
"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1,5 tons."
Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless science, 1949
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943
"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 will not last out the year."
Editor in charge of business books at the Salon of Inventions, 1957
"But what ... is it good?"
An 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, founder of Digital Equipment Corp. president, 1977
"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, 1876.
"The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular? "
David Sarnoff's associates responding urgings for investment in the radio in the years 1920
"The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to get more than 7 note the idea must be feasible"
A management professor at Yale University answering Fred Smith's paper proposing overnight delivery service reliable. (Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.)
"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?"
HM Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927.
"I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable who die of trouble and not Gary Cooper."
Gary Cooper on his decision not to take the leading role in "Gone With the Wind"
"A cookie store is a bad idea. However, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft like you make '
Debbi Fields 'idea answer starting Mrs. Fields to' Cookies.
"We do not like their sound, and guitar music is on the way."
Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.
"Heavier than air flying machines are impossible."
Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895.
"If I had thought I would not have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said you can not do that. "
Spencer Silver on the work that led to the unique adhesives like "post-it"
"So we went to Atari and said, 'Hey, we have this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, what would you say if you would provide the funds? Or if not, give it to you anyway. We just do it. Pay our salary, we'll come work for you. ' And they said 'no'. And then we went to Hewlett Packard who said, 'there's nothing we need you. You have not got through college yet. ' "
founder Apple Computer Inc., Steve Jobs, in an attempt to draw Atari and HP's attention to his and Steve Wozniak's personal computer
"Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and reaction and need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react. It seems to lack the knowledge ladled out daily in high schools. "
1921 editorial in the New York Times editorial about Robert Goddard's revolutionary ideas about rockets
"You want to have consistent and uniform development of muscles throughout the body? It's not possible. It's a fact of life. You just have to accept inconsistent muscle development as an unalterable condition of weight training. "
The answer to Arthur Jones, who solved the "unsolvable" problem by inventing Nautilus
"Drill for oil? I mean drill into the ground to find oil? You're crazy."
Edwin L. Drake Foratorii that tried to enlist to drill for oil in 1859.
"Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau."
Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929.
"Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value."
Marshal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre.
"Everything that can be invented has been invented."
Charles H. Duell, a member of the US Exhibition of Inventions, 1899.
"Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction."
Pierre Package, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872
"The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the wise and humane surgeon coming."
Sir John Eric Ericksen, British surgeon, appointed Surgeon-Extraordinary to Queen Victoria, 1873
"640 KB It should be enough for everyone. "
Bill Gates 1981