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Failed technology predictions throughout time – amazing infographic

Computers will never be sold in homes

Predictions about technology have a way of coming true or at least some variation of the prediction, but sometimes, predictions are so far off that history makes them a great punchline.

Below is a wonderful look back at predictions that have not only proven untrue but look foolish in hindsight. One of our favorites is IBM President Thomas Watson who said in 1943, “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” How unambitious. How ironic. Even toddlers have kiddo computers.

Check out the infographic below and tell us in comments which of the failed predictions most catches your attention:

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24 Comments

24 Comments

  1. Joe Loomer

    May 12, 2011 at 6:30 am

    I've had a few emails that felt like guided missiles 😉

    Navy Chief, Navy Pride

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