Predictions

"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.  (Of all the people, HE should
have known better!  - ^v^)

" 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 won't last out the year." - The editor in charge of business
books for Prentice Hall, 1957.

"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., 1977.

Thanks to Lady Hawke for this contribution.


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