2Spare has assembled Top 87 Bad Predictions about the Future. To wit, on the computer category, are these bad predictions:
Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and weigh only 1.5 tons.
- Popular Mechanics, March 1949.
There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.
- Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC), maker of big business mainframe computers, arguing against the PC in 1977.
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 out the year.
- The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957.
But what... is it good for?
- IBM executive Robert Lloyd, speaking in 1968 microprocessor, the heart of today’s computers.