14 Famous predictions going terribly wrong
It is sometimes scary when you think that nobody know what the future has in store for them. The world is changing at fast pace and with frighting uncertainty.
People make predictions; we will exhaust our natural resources one day, we will inhabit other planets in future, we’ll travel by the speed of light one day, are some of the predictions based on knowledge and the way future is unfolding in front of us.
Many a times, some know-it-all people shoot in their own foot by predicting something which is farther from the truth. It proves terribly wrong.
Here are 10 predictions that terribly went off target and make fool out of the predictors.
14. Rail travel at high speed is not possible, because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxia.
Dr. Dionysys Larder, science writer and academic, in 1828.
13. Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and weigh only 1.5 tons.
Popular Mechanics, 1949
Everything that can be invented has been invented.
Charles H. Duell, Comissioner of the US Patent Office, 1899.
12. There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, 2007.
11. I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.
Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.
10. Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.
Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895.
9. The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty—a fad.
The president of the Michigan Savings Bank advising Henry Ford’s lawyer not to invest in the Ford Motor Co., 1903