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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"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.)