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9 Dumb Predictions Made By Smart People

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CodeJockey
Male, 40-49, Southern US
 5070 Posts
Friday, August 23, 2013 3:32:28 PM
"...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.

djwajda
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 849 Posts
Friday, August 23, 2013 11:36:31 AM
-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

McGovern1981
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 13291 Posts
Friday, August 23, 2013 10:18:58 AM
"And for the tourist who really wants to get away from it all, safaris in Vietnam"

-Newsweek, predicting popular holidays for the late 1960s.

McGovern1981
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 13291 Posts
Friday, August 23, 2013 10:17:49 AM
"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.

McGovern1981
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 13291 Posts
Friday, August 23, 2013 10:15:51 AM
-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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