Loads Of Failed Technology Predictions... [Pic]

Submitted by: ilovmiguel 5 years ago Tech

And a few predictions that got pretty close to happening, but failed anyway.
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Male 519
@SarahofBorg Edison wasn`t a scientist. He bought, stole, and bullied into his possession the majority of the patents under his name.
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Male 153
@bongsmoke420: You`re an idiot. Don`t repeat the retarded myths that some 12 year old thought up while getting high with YOUR MOM!
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Male 290
in addition, he had many more of these secret expirements. for instance, he had mastered anti-gravity way before the nazis did.
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Male 290
Speaking of tesla. just throwin this out there, tesla had lots of expirements that were kept out of the public eye and often ones that other scientists could duplicate, they took credit for. but there was one incident I recall, tesla took a car, some old school ford, (remember that cars only went like 20 or so mph) and built his own motor for it. he made it sealed inside some kind of box so you couldn`t see how it opperated. and the result was a motor that need no fuel, gas or electric, that was able to get it`s power from some kind of energy in space (not solar) and went some 90 mph. when the jews wanted to get this techknowledgy from him he demanded that this was made available free of charge to any one. of course the jews wouldn`t have that. so he took the box out, threw in some random poo, like a dead frog, along with the regular house hold items the engine was originally built with, and threw it out. and idiots like edison could not duplicate it.
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Male 406
If the regressive republicans had a dictatorship since way back when we`d still to this day be arguing the shortcomings of the telephone.
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Female 3,562
Some of these are out of context. When IBM said there wasn`t room for more than 5 computers the the world that probably WAS true in 1943. Doesn`t sound like a prediction. Also, Thomas Edison probably knew AC was superior, he just had too much money invested in it to admit it, plus it would prove that Tesla was the better scientist (which he was.)
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Male 532
It was George Westinghouse who was Thomas Edison`s rival during the "War of the currents".(From Wikipedia) "Westinghouse`s system, which used alternating current based on the extensive research by Nikola Tesla, ultimately prevailed over Edison`s insistence on direct current." Edison would say that people executed in the AC electric chair were "Westinghoused", to slander the name of his competitor.
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Male 559
i lol`d hard at the mail via guided missiles
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Male 575
Tesla was the guy that invented Alternating current. Eddison was jealous of Tesla and went out of his way to slander Tesla`s name. Eddison actually went around electrocuting animals using Alternating current to show how dangerous it was compared to Direct Current.
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Male 2,121
Thomas Eddison ("Alternating current is stupid") was actually competing with someone else at the time. He was trying to get direct current used as the electricity supply, whilst the other guy wanted alternating current. Eddison lost obviously.
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Male 25,416
lolz for the people that were wrong
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Male 2,553
>Sephiroth
Good point, but it can be helped to some degree.
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Male 4,902
Thomas Watson made himself sound like a dumbass
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Male 2,748
I think personal planes is more of a reality than flying cars
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Male 955
I highly doubt flying cars in the near future, people have enough problems dealing with cars on just two dimensions.
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Male 15,510
I dont really see Flying cars coming around any time soon
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Male 1,451
As a could others have pointed out: a lot of appliances do truly run on AC, but quite a bit run on DC. Easiest example? The computer you are currently using. Sure it gets AC from the wall, but that is changed to DC before doing anything else.
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Male 48
i say we start production on a missile guided mail system its far cooler than e-mail and over 20x as long.
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Male 3,745
what in Gods name would we want/need a nuclear powered vacuum cleaner for...
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Male 436
I really think we should take another look at sending snail mail via guided missiles. Great idea!
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Male 30
of course, many of these are more sales spin than "predictions"
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Male 10,440
There is a couple of mistakes in this, for example spam does not account for 97% of email. It`s more like 90%. Big difference.

And a few things are somewhat misleading as you guys have pointed out.

Overall, meh, I already knew this stuff.
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Male 2,868
1) When IBM said there IS a world market for maybe 5 computers, were they really making a prediction, or were they stating "there is now, currently, a global market for 5 computers"?

2) Any vacuum cleaner which plugs into the wall on a grid which is supplied by nuclear power plants is, technically, a nuclear powered vacuum cleaner.

Also, all of the predictions which haven`t come true yet still may (robot pets, etc). You`re far more likely to fail if you set limits on what you think human beings achieve than if you make ambitious predictions (even if things don`t happen as quickly as you might think).
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Male 1,595
"Fooling around with alternating current is just a waste of time nobody will use it, ever."

Edison was a rat-fink, saying that just to turn people off from Tesla`s more widely efficient AC counterpart.
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Male 379
Remote shopping did fail miserably. Buying stuff from the internet and remote shopping are not the same thing. remote shopping required a store to have studios set up with models. when you wanted to shop, you turned your tv to that stores channel and used your remote to pick things, the model in the studio would then model whatever you picked live. They didn`t address having thousands of shoppers at the same time.
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Female 12
oh no @rockduck!!! oh no!!! your eyes!!! :O
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Male 33
"I still feel alternating current is mostly a waste of time. Most devices in our homes run off of direct current."

Dude! Literally EVERYTHING in your house is AC!
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Male 49
Did anyone else find it hard to read the words? Or is it just my monitor? OMG! maybe its my eyes!! D:
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Male 1,129
everything in our houses runs on direct current, not Alternating current. of course after a little rectifying with diodes and using capacitors and zener diodes.
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Male 354
"Fooling around with alternating current is just a waste of time nobody will use it, ever." Like most of the other predictions here this actually wasn`t a prediction, Edison said this because his nemesis Nikola Tesla was the inventor of AC. He just didn`t want people to convert because he was going to loose business.
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Male 5,620
If they predicted this infograph would be interesting, that was a failed prediction too.

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Male 138
I still feel alternating current is mostly a waste of time. Most devices in our homes run off of direct current.
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Male 868
zzz
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Male 45
This information is just about as old as the internet. Meh.
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Female 215
Link: Loads Of Failed Technology Predictions... [Pic] [Rate Link] - And a few predictions that got pretty close to happening, but failed anyway.
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