Saturday, October 15, 2016

Failed Tech Predictions...Awwww Snap!

While it's fun to read these Top 30 Failed Technology Predictions and say, "D'oh!" and laugh as if we're all much smarter than them...I find better to try and put myself to the time of the prediction and appreciate what was impacting those predictions at that time.  Then, apply it to things today that are 'predicted...'

But here's a couple of faves from this site:

“We will never make a 32 bit operating system.” — Bill Gates

I'm writing this blog post from my laptop with a Windows 64 bit OS...

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

A little related to the first one...the question these days is how many computers you have in your home (think smartphones and tablets in that list...)

“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, Horace Rackham, not to invest in the Ford Motor Co., 1903

One must wonder if that president missed the IPO for Ford Motor Co. back then...

“Home Taping Is Killing Music” — A 1980s campaign by the BPI, claiming that people recording music off the radio onto cassette would destroy the music industry

Does seem like we hear something like this every 10 years or so...

“Television won’t last. It’s a flash in the pan.” — Mary Somerville, pioneer of radio educational broadcasts, 1948.

Well...some television shouldn't have lasted (Honey Boo Boo, Springer, the remake of MacGyver, Fox...

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