Predictions

Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.
-- "Popular Mechanics," forecasting the relentless march of 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 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


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 internal memo, 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 in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s.