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Bad Tech Predictions

Saturday, December 13, 2008

If you're not Hiro Nakamura, the future is... uncertain.

'Predicting' the future has its moments, and some glimpses of the future can be laser-beam accurate. Then, there’s the other side of the coin... Here’s T3s top 10 tech howlers.

10. "X-rays will prove to be a hoax" – Lord Kelvin, President of the Royal Society, in 1883.

9. Spam will be solved – Bill Gates, 2004.

8. "The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys" – Sir William Preece, chief engineer at the Post Office in 1878.

7. Nobody would ever need more than 640KB of memory on their personal computer– Bill Gates in 1981, allegedly.

6. "We stand on the threshold of rocket mail" – US postmaster general Arthur Summerfield in 1959

5. In 1933, after the first flight of the Boeing 247, a plane that could hold ten people, a proud Boeing engineer reportedly said, "There will never be a bigger plane built."

4. TV won't last because people would, "soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night" – Darryl Zanuck in 1946

3. "Nuclear-powered vacuum cleaners will probably be a reality within ten years" – Alex Lewyt, president of the Lewyt Corp vacuum company

2. No need for a computer in the home – Ken Olsen, founder of Digital Equipment Corp in 1977

1. The iPod will never take off – Sir Alan Sugar in 2005

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