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Date: 06/13/11 01:20 PM

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    ilovmiguel Female 13-17
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    June 13, 2011 at 1:17 pm
    Link: Loads Of Failed Technology Predictions... - And a few predictions that got pretty close to happening, but failed anyway.
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    Theist17 Male 18-29
    45 posts
    June 13, 2011 at 1:36 pm
    This information is just about as old as the internet. Meh.
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    rogue_knight Male 40-49
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    June 13, 2011 at 1:51 pm
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    Siolas Male 30-39
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    June 13, 2011 at 2:07 pm
    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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    elkingo Male 30-39
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    June 13, 2011 at 2:08 pm
    If they predicted this infograph would be interesting, that was a failed prediction too.

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    I-See-U Male 18-29
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    June 13, 2011 at 2:11 pm
    "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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    fatex52986 Male 18-29
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    June 13, 2011 at 2:24 pm
    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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    rockduck Male 18-29
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    June 13, 2011 at 2:44 pm
    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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    scoundrel1 Male 40-49
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    June 13, 2011 at 2:55 pm
    "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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    JimmieS Female 18-29
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    June 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm
    oh no @rockduck!!! oh no!!! your eyes!!! :O
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    Buck176 Male 30-39
    379 posts
    June 13, 2011 at 3:17 pm
    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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    DShephard Male 18-29
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    June 13, 2011 at 3:26 pm
    "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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    sbeelz Male 30-39
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    June 13, 2011 at 3:53 pm
    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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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    June 13, 2011 at 4:16 pm
    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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    foursixty3 Male 30-39
    30 posts
    June 13, 2011 at 4:30 pm
    of course, many of these are more sales spin than "predictions"
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    wtmac Male 30-39
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    June 13, 2011 at 4:44 pm
    I really think we should take another look at sending snail mail via guided missiles. Great idea!
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    collegebound Male 18-29
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    June 13, 2011 at 6:25 pm
    what in Gods name would we want/need a nuclear powered vacuum cleaner for...
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    chet913 Male 13-17
    48 posts
    June 13, 2011 at 7:35 pm
    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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    Spider_sol Male 18-29
    1452 posts
    June 13, 2011 at 8:07 pm
    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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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    June 13, 2011 at 9:08 pm
    I dont really see Flying cars coming around any time soon
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    SephirothA83 Male 18-29
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    June 13, 2011 at 9:37 pm
    I highly doubt flying cars in the near future, people have enough problems dealing with cars on just two dimensions.
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    DarkFerret Male 18-29
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    June 13, 2011 at 9:58 pm
    I think personal planes is more of a reality than flying cars
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    xCYBERDYNEx Male 18-29
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    June 13, 2011 at 11:59 pm
    Thomas Watson made himself sound like a dumbass
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    GRadde Male 18-29
    2556 posts
    June 14, 2011 at 12:54 am
    Good point, but it can be helped to some degree.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    June 14, 2011 at 2:32 am
    lolz for the people that were wrong
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    danthew Male 18-29
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    June 14, 2011 at 4:13 am
    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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    Dr4k Male 18-29
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    June 14, 2011 at 4:33 am
    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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    danky Male 18-29
    559 posts
    June 14, 2011 at 9:43 am
    i lol`d hard at the mail via guided missiles
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    VAJENGA Male 30-39
    532 posts
    June 14, 2011 at 10:13 am
    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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    SarahofBorg Female 18-29
    3564 posts
    June 14, 2011 at 11:35 am
    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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    tobyvictory Male 70 & Over
    407 posts
    June 14, 2011 at 1:25 pm
    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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    bongsmoka420 Male 18-29
    290 posts
    June 14, 2011 at 7:45 pm
    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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    bongsmoka420 Male 18-29
    290 posts
    June 14, 2011 at 7:48 pm
    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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    HAHAyousuk Male 18-29
    153 posts
    June 15, 2011 at 6:13 am
    @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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    RuralNinja Male 18-29
    519 posts
    June 15, 2011 at 12:05 pm
    @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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