14 Famous predictions going terribly wrong

The predictions by humans have gone grossly wrong across the fields.

The future is in oblivion, it’s unknown and we fail to see through it most of the times. I have seen in my life span the changes which takes centuries to happen.

No internet to internet explosion, pagers to smartphones, PCs to tablets; it’s really hard to predict the next development.

Let’s see next 8 predictions that was off the mark by miles together.

8. The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?

David Sarnoff’s associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s.

Radio station

According to the CIA World Factbook, there are about 44,000 Radio stations worldwide.

7. A rocket will never be able to leave the Earth’s atmosphere.

New York Times, 1936

Rocket launch

Today there are more than 120 rocket launch stations worldwide which have sent thousands of rockets to space missions.

6. $100 million dollars is way too much to pay for Microsoft.

IBM, 1982


Today Microsoft has turnover in excess of $80 billion with market cap of $250bn.

5. Remote shopping, while entirely feasible, will flop – because women like to get out of the house, like to handle merchandise, like to be able to change their minds.

TIME, 1966, in one sentence writing off e-commerce long before anyone had ever heard of it.


Global eCcommerce Sales will be $1.5 Trillion in 2014.

4. Everything that can be invented has been invented.

Charles H. Duell, Comissioner of the US Patent Office, 1899.


Billions of small and large inventions have happened and keep on happening. Exploring can never be stopped.

3. Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?

H. M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927

The Jazz Singer

Warner Brothers released The Jazz Singer in October, 1927. the half-silent, half-talking musical signaled the beginning of the end of silent films.

2. There will never be a bigger plane built.

A Boeing engineer, after the first flight of the 247, a twin engine plane that holds ten people.

Airbus A380

Today’s largest passenger aircraft Airbus A380 can fly with more than 800 people on board.

1. There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will.

Albert Einstein, 1932

Nuclear power

Nuclear power is one of the most potent means today to fulfill the energy need of the world.

These famous predictions going terribly wrong proved a thing beyond doubt that future is incomprehensible even for the most learned ones.

Do you remember ant such prediction?

Hardeep Handa

Hardeep Handa

I am a seasoned marketing professional. I am ardent reader and avid writer. Management and technology equally excite me. I write regularly in my blog www.biztekmantra.com and www.virginwords.com

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  • That was a post backed by good research. Good 🙂
    Also, this post shows that even the intelligent and strong personalities of the history have believed in stupid things for they preferred to stay in the narrow lines of their brains. If only, they had allowed themselves of a bigger vision and positive attitude, they wouldn’t have issued such statements

    • Thanks Manpreet. The uncertainty of future always fascinates me. Everything is justified in hindsight except some stupid words.