Lots of Reasons to Never Say
- "Computers in the future may weigh no more
than 1.5 tons." --Popular
Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949.
- "I think there is a world market for maybe
five computers." --Thomas
Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.
- "I have traveled the length and breadth of
this country and talked with the
best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that
last out the year." --The editor in charge of business books for
- "But what ... is it good for?"
--Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems
Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip.
- "There is no reason anyone would want a
computer in their home." --Ken
Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp.,
- "This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings
to be seriously considered as a
means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us."
--Western Union internal memo, 1876.
- "The wireless music box has no imaginable
commercial value. Who would pay
for a message sent to nobody in particular?" --David Sarnoff's
in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s.
- "Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?"
--H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers,
- "We don't like their sound, and guitar music
is on the way out." --Decca
Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.
- "Heavier-than-air flying machines are
impossible." --Lord Kelvin,
president, Royal Society, 1895.
- "So we went to Atari and
said, 'Hey, we've got this amazing thing, even
built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us?
we' ll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we'll
work for you.' And they said, 'No.' So then we went to Hewlett-Packard,
they said, 'Hey, we don't need you. You haven't got through college yet.'"
--Apple Computer Inc. founder Steve Jobs on attempts to get Atari and
interested in his and Steve Wozniak's personal computer.
- "Professor Goddard does not know the
relation between action and reaction
and the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to
He seems to lack the basic knowledge ladled out daily in high schools."
--1921 New York Times editorial about Robert Goddard's revolutionary
- "Drill for oil? You mean drill into the
ground to try and find oil? You're
crazy." --Drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his
drill for oil in 1859.
- "Stocks have reached what looks like a
permanently high plateau." --Irving
Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929.
- "Airplanes are interesting toys but of no
military value." --Marechal
Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre.
- "Everything that can be invented has been
invented." --Charles H. Duell,
Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899.
- "Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is
ridiculous fiction". --Pierre Pachet,
Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872.
- "The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will
forever be shut from the
intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon". --Sir John Eric
British surgeon, appointed Surgeon-Extraordinary to Queen Victoria
- "640K ought to be enough for anybody."
--Bill Gates, 1981.