Incorrect predictions and headlines about future

  1. “A rocket will never be able to leave the Earth’s atmosphere.” – The New York Times, January 13, 1920
  2. “Rail travel at high speed is not possible, because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxia.” – Dr. Dionysius Larder
  3. “With over fifteen types of foreign cars already on sale here, the Japanese auto industry isn’t likely to carve out a big share of the market for itself.” – Businessweek, August 2, 1968
  4. “There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.” – Ken Olson, 1977
  5. “There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share.” – Steve Ballmer, April 30, 2007
  6. “To place a man in a multi-stage rocket and project him into the controlling gravitational field of the moon where the passengers can make scientific observations, perhaps land alive, and then return to earth—all that constitutes a wild dream worthy of Jules Verne. I am bold enough to say that such a man-made voyage will never occur regardless of all future advances.” – Lee De Forest
  7. “Democracy will be dead by 1950.” – John Langdon-Davies, 1936
  8. “Where a calculator like the ENIAC today is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and perhaps weigh only 1½ tons.” – Andrew Hamilton, 1949