Ten worst Tech world Predictions ever
I know it sounds funny but it is true. Ken Olsen, the founder of DEC - a company that ruled the computer industry in low-cost mini-computers - said at a World Future Society meeting, "There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." Now not only Computers but also Laptops and tablets are ruling the world.
#9 iPhones will be a flop
Yes, this was a prediction made by Steve Ballmer, the chief of Microsoft. He said that the iPhone has no chance to succeed in the mobile market and laughed at its $500 price tag. But ultimately Apple had a laugh giggle while Microsoft struggles to make a mark in the lucrative mobile segment.
#8 Seven inch tablets will not work
A very famous statement by Steve jobs. He said that tablets with 7-inch screens, championed by the likes of Samsung and BlackBerry, have no future. "The current crop of 7-inch tablets are going to be DOA, dead on arrival," Jobs told analysts during an earning conference in October 2010. He said that such devices are too big to compete against smartphones and too small to rival iPads and are "too small for a pleasant touchscreen experience." Apple introduced its iPad mini, which now outsells the full-sized iPad almost a year after Job's passed away.
#7 Landlines will always be superior then Cell phones
This comes from the person who himself made a cell phone. Marty Cooper, the Motorola research director who invented the first cellphone, himself said that his creation will never overshadow landline phones. He thought that cell phones will always remain too expensive to buy for common masses.
#6 Tablets have no future
This was a prediction made by former BlackBerry CEO and president Thorsten Heins. He said , "In five years I don't think there'll be a reason to have a tablet anymore." However, a month later, he said that the company is interested in the future of tablets. Hahaha, this is funny.
#5 Telephones will never go mainstream
Telephone is proven to be one of the most important inventions ever but Western Union had its doubts in its early days. The company's president William Orton told Alexander Graham Bell in 1876 when the latter tried to sell his invention to the company, "This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication."
#4 Internet to collapse by 1996
Just imagine our lives without Internet today! "Almost all of the many predictions now being made about 1996 hinge on the internet's continuing exponential growth. But I predict the internet will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse." These were the words of Robert Metcalfe, the inventor of the Ethernet and founder of 3Com. we wonder what prompted him to say this.
#3 Online shopping will fall flat
We love online shopping today but it was once predicted that it won't work. In the 60s, retail giant Sears launched its Christmas Wish Book Catalog, a book with over 600 images of products you could gift to friends and family. Though a novel idea, it was rubbished by Time magazine, which said, "Because women like to get out of the house, like to handle merchandise, like to be able to change their minds." In today's world, such catalogues have been replaced by the internet, where the likes of Amazon, eBay and Flipkart lure buyers.
#2 Spam will be vanished
Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft made people happy by predicting this in the year 2004. It has been nearly a decade since he predicted the demise of spam, however, according to a Cornell University study at least 70% of incoming emails are spam even now.
#1 Windows to never go 32 bit
Bill gates made many predictions that ultimately proved to be wrong. This is the biggest of them all. He made this prediction in 1983. Forget 32 bit, Microsoft now makes 64 bit Windows OS. How insane was this prediction?
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