Most Hilariously Wrong Technology Predictions of All TimeSome 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.
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.
Then why is there airplanes that flew USA to UAE?!
As of Jan 16, 2018, there are 9+ flights a day from New York City (all airports) to Paris.
Duration: 7h 15m (average)
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.
Cars are faster and the USA ended up investing in paved roads, so horses aren't seen often as basic transportation.
A few weeks ago I saw some people riding them in a Walmart parking lot.
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.
Clearly this man underestimated the genius of Nikola Tesla. Now over 90% of the power used throughout the world uses AC electricity.
Of course he said that. He had a motive against Nikola Tesla. Thankfully, his efforts didn't prevent AC power's existence.
That was until the Internet was made. Now nobody can live without it.
Just say that in today's world and count the mockings you get
Just think - it was this kind of attitude that held back our ability to understand our own bodies. We couldn't have gone thinking that diseases came from bad air forever. Well, we could have, but it would've ultimately hurt mankind.
Xmas decorations (lights in particular) would horrify Mr Henry Morton...
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.
And now they’re a primary source of transportation
Most of the things these people said are absolutely stupid and illogical when you really think about the benefits of the subjects at hand.
And now in 2018 an estimated 4 billion people have cell phones
I actually hate Cellphones! But this prediction would be truth...
They had no proof it wouldn't.
Gotta make those calls.
Haha. Just try telling that to the Air Force
The article was entitled "Internet? Bah! "
I can still imagine that there are some eegits alive today who deny or refuse to acknowledge the existence of X-Rays.
Haha, hoax! We can even see the gun in this image!
He has a weapon...
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.
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...
Reasonable for then to be honest
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?
Andy Grove was a CEO of Intel
Darryl Zanuck was a Hollywood film producer (20th Century Fox)
He wasn't sooo wrong
H.M. Warner, proud co-founder of Warner Brothers, said that in the era dominated by silent films.
Who the hell wants to see constant dialogue cards?!
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.
If only this actually were true...
She was a pioneer of radio educational broadcasts
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.
Thomas Watson (IBM President).
There are approx. 2 billion computers in the world... and IBM helped develop them...
I'm glad you did, 'because my computational physics projects would be pretty arduous otherwise!
Bill Gates (co-founder and chairman of Microsoft)