"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."
- Popular Mechanics (1949)
"Before man reaches the moon, your mail will be delivered within hours from New York to California, to England, to India or to Australia by guided missiles... We stand on the threshold of rocket mail. "
- General Arthur E. Summerfield
U.S. Postmaster General, 1959
"Nuclear-powered vacuum cleaners will probably be a reality within 10 years. "
- Alex Lewyt
Vacuum cleaner manufacturer, 1955
"It is probable that television drama of high caliber and produced by first-rate artists will materially raise the level of dramatic taste of the nation "
- David Sarnoff
General Manager, RCA, 1939
"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out. "
- Decca Recording Company
(on rejecting the Beatles in 1962)
"Prediction is very difficult, especially of the future."
- Niels Bohr
"Television will never be a medium of entertainment."
- David Sarnoff
General Manager, RCA, 1955
"There is a world market for maybe five computers."
- Thomas Watson
IBM Chairman, 1943
"Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau."
- Irving Fisher
Yale Economics prof 1929
"When the Paris Exhibition closes, the Electric Light will close with it and no more be heard of."
- Erasmus Wilson
Oxford Professor, 1878
"Heavier than air flying machines are impossible."
- Lord Kelvin, 1895
"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?"
- H. M. Warner
Warner Bros, 1929
"There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable."
- Albert Einstein, 1932