9 Dumb Predictions Made By Smart People
They said FM Radio was a passing fad. Thankfully, for the sake of my family, “They” were wrong. Have you ever made a prediction that was totally wrong?
"There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable."
Albert Einstein, 1932
"The idea that cavalry will be replaced by these iron coaches is absurd."
Senior Officers of the British Army, 1916
"This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication."
William Orton of Western Union, 1876
"A rocket will never be able to leave the Earth's atmosphere."
New York Times, 1936
"Rail travel at high speed is not possible because passengers... would die of [suffocation]."
Dr. Dionysius Lardner, Professor at UC London, 1828
"The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value."
"The horse is here to stay, but the autmobile is only a novelty - a fad."
Michigan Savings Bank, 1903
"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
Ken Olson, Former MIT Engineer, 1977
"We will never make a 32-bit operating system."
Bill Gates, 1984