Post by Matthew the Swordsman on May 6, 2017 15:36:41 GMT
Two classic incorrect predictions:
"To place a man in a multi-stage rocket and project him into the controlling gravitational field of the moon where the passengers can make scientific observations, perhaps land alive, and then return to earth—all that constitutes a wild dream worthy of Jules Verne. I am bold enough to say that such a man-made voyage will never occur regardless of all future advances." - Lee De Forest, 1957
"With over fifteen types of foreign cars already on sale here, the Japanese auto industry isn't likely to carve out a big share of the market for itself." - Businessweek, 1968
What are some of your favourite incorrect predictions?
Auguste Compte writing about stars: “We can never learn their internal constitution, nor, in regard to some of them, how heat is absorbed by their atmosphere.”
Lord Kelvin: "heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible"
And another one by Lee de Forest: "As a growing competitor to the tube amplifier comes now the Bell Laboratories’ transistor, a three-electrode germanium crystal of amazing amplification power, of wheat-grain size and low cost. Yet its frequency limitations, a few hundred kilocycles, and its strict power limitations will never permit its general replacement of the Audion amplifier."
Ironically my favorite incorrect prediction were the political pundits on election night predicting that Hillary was going to win. Don't get me wrong. I was crushed when she did not win, but it was a good wake up call on how little those talking heads on tv know. I thought I was a critical listener. I realized how much I wasn't and how much more I needed to be; and broaden my sources of information.