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'There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.'
President, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC), maker of big business mainframe computers, arguing against the PC, 1977
'If anything remains more or less unchanged, it will be the role of women.'
Conservative American social scientist, 1967
'We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out anyway.'
President of Decca Records, rejecting The Beatles after an audition, 1962
'Transmission of documents via telephone wires is possible in principle, but the apparatus required is so expensive that it will never become a practical proposition.'
British physicist and author of Inventing the Future, 1962
'There is practically no chance communications space satellites will be used to provide better telephone, telegraph, television, or radio service inside the United States.'
FCC Commissioner, 1961(the first commercial communications satellite went into service in 1965)
'The world potential market for copying machines is 5000 at most.'
to the eventual founders of Xerox, saying the photocopier had no market large enough to justify production, 1959
'We will bury you.'
Soviet Premier, predicting Soviet communism will win over U.S. capitalism, 1958
'Space travel is bunk.'
Astronomer Royal of the UK, 1957(two weeks later Sputnik orbited the Earth)
'To place a man in a multi-stage rocket and project him into the controlling gravitational field of the moon where the passengers can make scientific observations, perhaps land ali
American radio pioneer and inventor of the vacuum tube, 1957
'Space travel is utter bilge.'
UK space advisor to the government, 1956(Sputnik orbited the Earth the following year)
'You ain't going nowhere, son. You ought to go back to driving a truck.'
manager of the Grand Ole Opry, in firing Elvis Presley after a performance, 1954
'If excessive smoking actually plays a role in the production of lung cancer, it seems to be a minor one.'
National Cancer Institute, 1954
'Television won't last. It's a flash in the pan.'
pioneer of radio educational broadcasts, 1948
'Television won't last because people will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.'
movie producer, 20th Century Fox, 1946
'That is the biggest fool thing we have ever done [research on]... The bomb will never go off, and I speak as an expert in explosives.'
U.S. Admiral, advising President Truman on atomic weaponry, 1944
'I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.'
chairman of IBM, 1943
'Atomic energy might be as good as our present-day explosives, but it is unlikely to produce anything very much more dangerous.'
British Prime Minister, 1939
'The energy produced by the atom is a very poor kind of thing. Anyone who expects a source of power from the transformation of these atoms is talking moonshine.'
New Zealand physicist, 1933
'There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable. It would mean the atom would have to be shattered at will.'
German-born American physicist, 1932
'Stock prices have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau.'
Yale University Professor of Economics, 1929(two weeks later, the stock market crashed and the Great Depression started)
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