30 Failed Predictions About Technology

Submitted by: ballaerina 7 years ago Tech
http://www.ixibo.com/2009/03/30-failed-predictions-about-future-of-technology/

So much fail, for so many smart eggheads making brainy predictions.
There are 42 comments:
Female 3,828
wow interesting
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Male 194
"8. Alternating Current – A waste of time
Edison was fond of passing ridiculous arguments against his competitor George Westinghouse for AC power."
Acutaly it was Nikola Tesla who was the "competitor" Westinghouse just funded Tesla`s work
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Male 500
Right, Alexandra Graham Bell invented the telephone (allegedly) and was British, so thats a load of c*ck for a start. Secondly, the first working submarines were made in the 1600`s by a dutch inventor and tested in the Thames. The americans had military subs in the 1800`s so I think they are taking Wells out of context as he did most of his work in the early 20th century. Yet another load of untrue or semi-accurate crud put together by some 13 year old to fool the credulous.
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Male 403
Wow, love the one where it states that 15mph is a "breakneck speed". That made me lol.
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Male 1,381
We didn`t think it was mathematically possible to break the sound barrier for the longest time. Our knowledge of the universe is only a passing glance at a tiny shimmer of reality.
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Male 418
never say never
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Male 26
Im thinking we will be thinking the same as in #27 in 10-20 years, when we are looking back at the war on piracy
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Male 428
The engrish is killing me. Other than that it was nice.
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Female 895
YEAH! F*CK THE TELEPHONE!
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Male 1,220
The guy who made this was pretty stupid.
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Male 272
LOL

"Dear Mr. President: The canal system of this country is being threatened by a new form of transportation known as `railroads` … As you may well know, Mr. President, `railroad` carriages are pulled at the enormous speed of 15 miles per hour by `engines` which, in addition to endangering life and limb of passengers, roar and snort their way through the countryside, setting fire to crops, scaring the livestock and frightening women and children. The Almighty certainly never intended that people should travel at such breakneck speed."

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Male 2,542
thats a little to far for me, most of those were at least a hundred years old....
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Female 2,927
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Female 2,927
in my defense scientists never said they did know everything. they insinuated a lot that the likely hood of their being wrong is as much as someone hitting the lottery twice. as for calling me an imbecile , that is hardly called for.
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Male 328
Why is the heavier-than-air-flying machine on there twice. I understand it was from two different people decades apart but why 2.
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Male 505
Damnit, IAB. You broke it.
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Male 1,540
I don`t get 13... We can do that now...
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Male 7,933
Why is IBM often in stories like this?
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Male 5,190
"Wireless Music box has no Value."

That sounded so primitive to me I laughed. xD

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Male 524
i like the one by bill gates. "we will never make a 32 bit operating system." (looks at computer) yeaaa....
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Male 3,296
ha i bet theres a million more in todays world
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Male 1,383
The only thing I think could have been plausable was the one about using computers in the home. Because if you think about it then you could only use computers for maths problems or whatever etc. whereas today we have only discovered the endless possibilities.
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Female 9,400
Nobody is going to get everything right.
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Male 10,440
I find this article to be rather inspiring. PCs came out in the 70s, today we have core i7 processors. Imagine what we`ll have tomorrow.

Oh, and jinxiejae is an imbecile. I doubt many people in the 30-39 age group can be that foolish.

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Male 64
The overall grammar of the writer made me want to stab kittens.
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Male 2,121
There are two types of current, alternating and direct. These two types were competing for the first electriciy grid and Thomas Eddison was setting up a direct current one. That is the story behind #8.
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Male 702
This was very poorly written.
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Male 1,918
Never say it`s not possible just say it is VERY VERY unlikely.
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Male 257
HAhahah Rets for the win
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Male 483
"just proves scientists DONT know everything."

Very true, but neither do they claim to know everything.

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Female 2,927
just proves scientists DONT know everything.
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Male 5
@standards, einstein came up with the idea for the atomic bomb, yes. what he was saying is that he didn`t think it could be used to *harvest* energy, only to use as a destructive force.
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Male 2,388
"uploader is hot"
i treplicate that
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Male 4,867
yeah pajamaninja, i got that impression too
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Male 23
Don`t lose faith yet Perigee, I`m willing to bet that English isn`t this authors first language but he wanted to share his list in English because the quotes were English.
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Male 82
This article killed any belief I held that people can still use good English. Interesting though, once it was decoded.
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Female 209
@ standards, wasnt it oppenheimer?
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Male 97
thirded.. a lot of stupid people say a lot of stupid things. this isnt amazing
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Male 564
For #19, with the atom thing: Didn`t Albert Einstein come up with the idea for the Manhattan Project`s atom bomb?
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Male 815
"uploader is hot"

i second that.

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Male 1,375
uploader is hot
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Female 590
Link: 30 Failed Predictions About Technology [Rate Link] - So much fail, for so many smart eggheads making brainy predictions.
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