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Letter:Some seriously off-base predictions

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

The following quotes are some of the worst predictions and quotes ever:

“There is no need for any individual to have a computer in their home.”

—Ken Olson, president, Digital Equipment Corp., 1977

“No one will need more than 637 KB of memory for a personal computer. 640K ought to be enough for anybody.”

—Bill Gates, founder, Microsoft, 1981

“Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.”

—Lord Kelvin, British mathematician and physicist, ca. 1895

“Radio has no future.”

—Lord Kelvin, ca. 1897

“Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.”

—Popular Mechanics, 1949

In 1969, Paul Erlich warned Britain’s Institute of Biology, “If I were a gambler, I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000. The battle to feed humanity is over. In the 1970s the world will undergo famine. Hundreds of millions of people are going to ...

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