FUNNY AND INTERESTING QUOTES ABOUT TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." --Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943
  • "Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." --Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949
  • " 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 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 1920's
  • " The concept is interesting and well-formed, but inorder to earn better than a 'C,' the idea must be feasible."--A Yale University management professor in response to Fred Smith's paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. (Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.)
  • "Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible."--Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895
  • "Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value."--Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre
  • "Everything that can be invented has been invented."--Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899
  • "640K ought to be enough for anybody."--Bill Gates, 1981

 


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