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Digital World Predictions

Famous people and industry experts haven’t always got it right when it comes to future predictions

“It’s a great invention but who would want to use it anyway?”

Rutherford B. Hayes, U.S. President, after a demonstration of Alexander Bell’s telephone, 1876.

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“Television won’t last because people will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.”

Darryl Zanuck, movie producer, 20th Century Fox, 1946.

“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”

Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943

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“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.

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“I predict the Internet will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse.”

Robert Metcalfe, founder of 3Com and inventor of Ethernet, writing in a 1995 InfoWorld column.

Metcalfe is well aware how silly his prediction came to look. He ate his words—literally. In 1999, addressing the Sixth International WWW Conference, Metcalfe put a copy of his infamous column into a blender, pureed it, and drank it.

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