"No one will need more than 637KB of memory for a personal computer. 640KB ought to be enough for anybody." --Bill Gates, co-founder and chairman of Microsoft
Gates has denied saying this, but the misguided prediction remains widely attributed to him around the Web. Accurate or not, the quote is not likely to keep the wealthiest individual in America up at night.
If you’re Bill Gates, you can afford to be wrong every now and again. Looking back, though, it seems most of the major how-did-we-live-without-this technologies and innovations spawned at least one ill-advised statement: Telephones, personal computers, satellite communications and the Internet, to name a few. In some cases, it’s a prediction about a company or a strategy that goes awry. (Portending of Apple’s doom is an all-time favorite.)