Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Famous Quotes on Foresight

Some of these may be familiar but they're still amusing.

"640K ought to be enough for anybody."
- Bill Gates (1955-), in 1981

"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out."
- Decca Recording Company, rejecting the Beatles, in 1962

"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?"
- Harry Morris Warner (1881-1958), co-founder of Warner Brothers, in 1927

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
- Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
- Thomas Watson (1874-1956), Chairman of IBM, in 1943

"The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a C, the idea must be feasible."
- A Yale University management professor, in response to student Fred Smith's paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service (Smith went on to found Federal Express)
taken from http://www.tk421.net/quotes/

5 comments:

BNB said...

Sometime around 1990 I was told that "you won't be able to buy film in 5 years" I also heard an instructor at one time in referring to the ease of use of MSOffice 1995 that there will be no graphic artists because secretaries will be able to do their own desktop publishing.

I guess the moral of the story is that there is no way of predicting where technology will take us or what the timeline will be.

If someone could make those kinds of predictions they'd be a wealthy man or woman indeed.

Me, I'm hanging onto my Commodore 64. I hear they are making a comeback.

kodak said...

haha .. Commodore 64, well ya never know bnb. I'd say Tim Horton was probably laughed at when he first mentioned the idea of a shop where you Sell coffee. It goes to show I guess that what seems like a crazy idea at the time can be a great idea when people have vision and perspective on it.

NL-ExPatriate said...

Quality and consistancy.

It doesn't matter what kind of leader you are as long as your consistant. You can be a consistant prick or a consistant whimp your choice but consistancy is the trick.

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