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12 Worst Tech Predictions Of All Time

The epic history of technology is littered with some incredibly lousy prophecies, often made by some very smart, very successful -- and very wealthy -- executives. We trolled the timeline of technology to find the most misguided -- and in some cases just plain crazy --calls in the industry's storied past, from the telephone to television to YouTube. Sure, it's easy to call out the most foolish forecasts with the benefit of perfect hindsight. It's also a lot of fun -- there are some doozies. And
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"I predict the Internet 0x2026 will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse." --Robert Metcalfe, founder of 3Com, inventor of Ethernet, tech pundit and columnist

Metcalfe came to eat his words -- or at least drink them. In his keynote speech at the Sixth International WWW Conference, Metcalfe relented, put a copy of the infamous InfoWorld column in a blender, and quaffed the pureed prediction.

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