"Heavier-than-air flying machines are
"X rays are a hoax." "Radio has no future."
Lord Kelvin, Peterhouse college, Cambridge. President,
Royal Society, 1895.
Physicist and mathematician, Cambridge University(1824-1907)
"I think there is a world market for maybe
Chairman of IBM, 1943.
"There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in
Ken Olsen, president, chairman and founder of
"The telephone has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered
as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to
Western Union internal memo, 1876.
"Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value."
Marshal Ferdinand Foch, French commander of Allied forces
during the closing months of World War I, 1918.
"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?"
Harry M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927.
"The ordinary 'horseless carriage' is at present a luxury for the
although its price will probably fall in the future, it will never
come into as common use as the bicycle."
The Literary Digest, 1889.
"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."
Popular Mechanics, 1949.
"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out."
Decca Recording Co., in rejecting the Beatles, 1962.
"Everything that can be invented has been invented."
Charles H. Duell, commissioner, US Office of Patents,