10 Terribly Failed Technology Predictions

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Updated on 3 Apr, 2018 at 2:52 pm


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.


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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

There will be never a bigger plane built.




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.





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