Throughout history, man has been making predictions of the future. With the advent of technology, the predictions moved away from religious topics to scientific and technological. Unfortunately for the speakers, many of these failed predictions have been recorded for all future generations to laugh at. Here is a selection of the 10 best.
1. Lord Kelvin, president of the UK’s Royal Society, 1883
X-rays will prove to be a hoax.
2. Bill Gates, 2004
Spam will be solved.
3. Sir William Preece, Chief Engineer of the British Post Office, 1878
The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messengers boy.
4. Bill Gates, 1981
Nobody would ever need more than 640 kilobytes of memory on their personal computer.
5. US Postmaster General Arthur Summerfield, 1959
We need stand on the threshold of rocket mail.
6. Boeing Engineer, 1933, after the maiden flight of a ten-seater Boeing
7. Darryl Zanuck, 1946
TV won’t last because people will “soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.”
8. Alex Lewyt, president of Lewyt Corp vacuum company, 1955
Nuclear-powered vacuum cleaners will probably be a reality within ten years.
9. Ken Olsen, founder of digital equipment, 1977
No need for a computer at home.
10. Sir Alan Sugar, 2005
Next Christmas the iPod will be dead, finished, gone, kaput.