10 technology predictions that never came true

10 technology predictions that never came true

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10 technology predictions that never came true
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Once in a while we may hear a technology guru make a prediction about the future of different technologies in a similar way a spiritual leader would. Many of these predictions never came to be true making their authors take their words back, after all, as humans, we all make mistakes.
There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home

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

Undoubtedly Ken was wrong. Neither his engineering degree or the experience in his company building computers saved him of this mistake.
Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons

“Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons”. Popular Mechanics (March 13th, 1949)

Definitely computers today weigh no more than 1.5 tons, actually they weigh no more than 0.005 tons.
Apple is already dead

"Apple is already dead”. Nathan Myhrvold, ex-Microsoft CTO (1997)

With a prediction like this we may have found why he does not work for Microsoft anymore.
iPhone has “no chance” of gaining significant market share

“iPhone has “no chance” of gaining significant market share”. Steve Ballmer (2007)

Another Microsoft genius. His job lasted longer though.
I predict the Internet will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse

“I predict the Internet will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse”. Robert Metcalfe (1995)

Maybe Robert Metcalfe was too influenced by astronomy or apocalyptic movies.
No one will need more than 637 kB of memory for a personal computer

“No one will need more than 637 kB of memory for a personal computer”. Bill Gates (Around 1973)

How did Windows ever get to exist?
Linux is obsolete

“Linux is obsolete”. Andy Tanenbaum (January 1992)

So obsolete, it also made its way into cellulars and tablets.
The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys.

“The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys.”. William Preece (1878)

I am just trying to imagine how many messenger boys would we need to have a Whatsapp chat.
Two years from now, spam will be solved

“Two years from now, spam will be solved”. Bill Gates (2004)

Definitely not, it has not been solved, Bill. Can you do anything about it or not?
Music subscription services are doomed to failure

“Music subscription services are doomed to failure”. Steve Jobs (2003)

Maybe he could not be a guru all the time, Steve, this time you were wrong.

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