Monday, January 03, 2011

Predictions gone wrong 

The "ten dumbest" tech predictions of all time. Sample:

“This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication.” — Western Union internal memo, 1876.


By Anonymous feeblemind, at Thu Jan 06, 09:13:00 AM:

A fun article to read.

All new technology has it's critics and pessimists.

I remember when Xerox first started advertising the copying machine on TV. They sold it as a replacement for carbon paper complete with a little cost/benefit analysis to show how it saved a firm money. They seemed to completely miss the way way it could speed the spread of information, which was the machine's real value.  

By Blogger Knucklehead, at Fri Jan 07, 10:03:00 AM:

I remember listening to a Bell Labs Distinguished Engineer tell me how VoIP was too flawed to ever work well enough to become more than a niche telephony solution.  

Post a Comment

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?