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QUOTE QUOTA - 10/07/2001

Geoff Stray has some cautionary quotes for pontificating ‘experts’…


Here's something for Dr. David Whitehouse [quoted above the Swirled News masthead] to consider...


"The Earth is flat - and anyone who says it's round will be tortured and murdered in a terrible inquisition" - Vatican judgement against Galileo, 1632

"I think that there could be a world market for maybe five computers" - Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943

"There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their homes" - Ken Olsen, Chairman & Founder, Digital Equipment Corp., 1977

"The flying machines will eventually be fast: they will be used in sport, but they are not to be thought of as commercial carriers" - Octave Chanute, aviation pioneer, 1904

"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons" - Popular Mechanics, 1949

"The telephone has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us" - Western Union, 1876

"Airplanes are interesting toys, but of no military value" - Machal Ferdinand Foch, French commander of the allied forces at the end of the First World War, 1918.

"The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?" - David Samoff's Associates, 1920

“Everything that can be invented has been invented" - Charles H Duell, Commissioner US Office of Patents, 1899.

"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?" - Harry Warner of Warner Brothers, 1927

"The bomb will never go off, and I speak as an expert on explosives" - Admiral William Leahy, US Atomic Energy Project 1945

"We don't like their sound, and anyway guitar music is on the way out" – Decca, when rejecting the Beatles, 1962

"The ordinary horseless carriage is, at present, a luxury for the wealthy and although its price will fall in the future, it will never come into as common use as the bicycle" - The Literary Digest, 1889

"Landing and moving around on the Moon offer so many serious problems for human beings that it may take science 200 years to lick them" - Science Digest, 1948

"It is, of course, altogether valueless. Ours has been the first, and will doubtless be the last party of whites to visit this profitless locality" - Lt Joseph Ives, Corp of the Topographical Engineers 1861, after exploring the Grand Canyon.

"Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible." "X Rays are a hoax". "Aircraft flight is impossible". "Radio has no future" - Lord Kelvin, physicist and mathematician, 1824-1907


...(spot the odd one out?)

GEOFF STRAY

 

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