9 Dumb Predictions Made By Smart People

Submitted by: kitteh9lives 3 years ago Misc

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Male 5,608
"...supernova and in 1996 will catastrophically collapse..."
It did. It was over-subscribed. The POP`s were expanded, largely by AOL, only to have dialup go out of style less than 6 years later.

If you`re going to bring up another one, I like how Blockbuster laughed Netflix out of the meeting only to become BLOAQ less than 10 years later.
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Male 883
-Rock n Roll? It will be gone by June.
Variety Magazine, 1955

-I predict the Internet will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 will catastrophically collapse.
Robert Metcalfe, inventor of Ethernet, in InfoWorld magazine, December 1995

-The cinema is little more than a fad.
Charlie Chaplin, 1916
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Male 14,330
"And for the tourist who really wants to get away from it all, safaris in Vietnam"

-Newsweek, predicting popular holidays for the late 1960s.
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Male 14,330
"The world potential market for copying machines is 5000 at most."
-IBM, to the eventual founders of Xerox, saying the photocopier had no market large enough to justify production, 1959.
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Male 14,330
-Hiram Maxim, inventor of the machine gun, in response to the question "Will this gun not make war more terrible?" from Havelock Ellis, an English scientist, 1893.

"No, it will make war impossible."
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Female 2,415
Yeah, the Einstein one wasn`t really incorrect because AT THAT TIME there were no indications of nuclear power for human use. Hard to call SOME of these people dumb for not having precognitive powers at their disposal. ... And it`s easy to make fun of someone who didn`t have the vision to find uses for these inventions, well after the fact.
I mean, there were probably people who made fun of the person who invented the wheel, for crying out loud.
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Male 7,775
@Gerry, and asking everyone to be quiet while you taped off the radio.
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Male 14,774
Oh I see, it`s an ad.
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Male 55
My favorite:

"You would make a ship sail against the winds and currents by lighting a bonfire under her deck? Excuse me, I have no time to listen to such nonsense."

Napoléon Bonaparte
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Female 6,381
Wasn`t there a general who scoffed at the Jeep as having no conceivable use in the military?
And back in 1895, Lord Kelvin pronounced that heavier-than-air flying machines were impossible.
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Male 37,888

My first portable music device.



So easy to carry and it only required 8 c size batteries.
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Male 7,031

I remember my first wireless music box ...

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Male 1,083
Einstein wasn`t wrong... he was just stating a fact
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Male 37,888

Predict the future? ... Something like this



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Male 1,745
The only one that has stood the test of time over the ages and across civilizations is "we will never conquer death". Whoever said that will probably be right forever.
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Male 892
Did anyone inform the Canadian government that trains could travel faster than 50 km/h?
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Male 3,407
never say never... again.
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Female 8,044
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