Most Hilariously Wrong Technology Predictions of All TimeMetal_Treasure Some people have made bold predictions about the future of technology. Here are some of the failed predictions that are most shockingly bad and hilarious at the same time.
The Top Ten
Why did he specifically choose New York and Paris? It makes sense for him not to believe that a flying machine could cross the ocean, but why did he pick two specific cities as destinations? Also, the first flying machine to cross the ocean was a hot-air balloon. - Mcgillacuddy
I sincerely hope that the people nowadays aren't as stupid and don't think that what we have today is already the bottom of the line. Guys, there will be new things. Things that will outdo what we have now by far. - Martin_Canine
I added images to illustrate the predictions so come back to see the images (I hope they'll get approved soon). - Metal_Treasure
This list is awesome - EliHbkV 2 Comments
Cars are faster and the USA ended up investing in paved roads, so horses aren't seen often as basic transportation. - Mcgillacuddy
A few weeks ago I saw some people riding them in a Walmart parking lot. - Skullkid755
C.T. Bridgman, President of Michigan Savings Bank, told this to Horace Rackham, who wanted to know whether to invest in Ford Motor Company.
But Rackham's intuition was obviously better and despite the bank's advice, he bought 50 shares of Ford stock and became one of the original stockholders, company lawyer, chairman, etc, etc.
Reality: in 2010 there were over one billion cars in the world. And only about 58 million horses. - Metal_Treasure
Clearly this man underestimated the genius of Nikola Tesla. Now over 90% of the power used throughout the world uses AC electricity.
Mr Thomas Edison, AC/DC and their fans disagree! Alternating current (AC) is half of their name!
Also, home and office outlets are almost always AC. - Metal_Treasure
That was until the Internet was made. Now nobody can live without it. - Mcgillacuddy
Just say that in today's world and count the mockings you get - SpectralOwl
Meme machine, meme machine.
I'm a meme machine.
Meme machine, meme machine.
Without memes I will die.
Give me the memes...
I need the memes...
I catch the memes, I spread the memes, I eat the memes... - mattstat716
Xmas decorations (lights in particular) would horrify Mr Henry Morton... - Metal_Treasure
And now they’re a primary source of transportation - Randomator
Lord Kelvin was an eminent physicist famous for:
1. Devising the absolute temperature scale, now called the 'Kelvin scale'
2. Formulating the second law of thermodynamics
3. Working to install telegraph cables under the Atlantic. - Metal_Treasure
Most of the things these people said are absolutely stupid and illogical when you really think about the benefits of the subjects at hand. - Mcgillacuddy
And now in 2018 an estimated 4 billion people have cell phones - Randomator
It's kind of stupid that he would think this considering that you can send messages and talk to people in mere minutes on a phone instead of relying on a postman to cross the country just to send a message to someone, and then cross back to give you the reply. - Mcgillacuddy
Reasonable for then to be honest - EliHbk
William Orton was the President of Western Union. He said this in an internal memo of Western Union.
Reality: phone books are actually very bulky... - Metal_Treasure
Britgirl, have you ever needed a telephone? - Metal_Treasure
Gotta make those calls. - mattstat716
Darryl Zanuck was a Hollywood film producer (20th Century Fox) - Metal_Treasure
He wasn't sooo wrong
Haha, we can even see the gun in this image! - Metal_Treasure
He has a weapon... - mattstat716
I can still imagine that there are some eegits alive today who deny or refuse to acknowledge the existence of X-Rays. - PositronWildhawk
Charles H. Duell was a commissioner to the U.S. Office of Patents.
I think he deserved to be fired for saying this. How somebody who works for an Office of Patents can say it? - Metal_Treasure
Who the hell wants to see constant dialogue cards?! - SpectralOwl
H.M. Warner, proud co-founder of Warner Brothers, said that in the era dominated by silent films. - Metal_Treasure
''Pand...There's a D on the end.'' - htoutlaws2012
This picture was taken somewhere in Morocco, obviously in a very poor neighborhood but look at the satellite T.V. dishes - they are everywhere! - Metal_Treasure
Andy Grove was a CEO of Intel - Metal_Treasure
Look who said that! Bill Gates! - Metal_Treasure
My 2 Terabyte hard drive begs to differ - cjWriter1997
Haha. Just try telling that to the Air Force - Randomator
pfft - EliHbk
Thomas Watson (IBM President).
There are approx. 2 billion computers in the world... and IBM helped develop them... - Metal_Treasure
I'm glad you did, 'because my computational physics projects would be pretty arduous otherwise! - PositronWildhawk
Bill Gates (co-founder and chairman of Microsoft) - Metal_Treasure
The article was entitled "Internet? Bah! " - Metal_Treasure
She was a pioneer of radio educational broadcasts - Metal_Treasure
Well he ended up getting proven wrong considering how iPhones are the most successful phone brand out there. - SomePersonYouHate
Steve Ballmer (Microsoft CEO). - Metal_Treasure
Manual data processing (ex., bookkeeping) have been performed manually for millennia.
A person whose job was to perform calculations manually or using a calculator was called a "computer."
Electronic (computerized) data processing: The Census Bureau first made limited use of electronic computers for the 1950 United States Census - Metal_Treasure
The wireless music box is the RADIO. David Sarnoff wanted to invest in the radio but his associates were reluctant. The quote above was the answer of his associates. - Metal_Treasure
Only two weeks later Sputnik orbited the Earth! - Metal_Treasure
Lee DeForest, the “Father of Radio”, had over 180 patents and was a pioneer in the development of sound-on-film recording used for motion pictures. - Metal_Treasure
IBM told this to the eventual founders of Xerox. - Metal_Treasure
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2. "Fooling around with alternating current is just a waste of time. Nobody will use it, ever." Thomas Edison (1889)
3. "The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty-a fad." Michigan Savings Bank (1903)