The following quotes, from experts in their chosen field, might have seemed logical at the time, but in retrospect are pretty funny, not to mention DEAD WRONG!
"There will never be a bigger plane built."
- A Boeing engineer, after the first flight of the 247, a twin engine plane that carried ten people.
"There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will."
- Albert Einstein, 1932
"We don't like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out."
- Decca executive, 1962, after turning down the Beatles.
"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
- Ken Olson, president of Digital Equipment Corp. arguing against the PC in 1977
"This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication."
- Western Union memo, 1876
"We will never make a 32 bit operating system."
- Bill Gates
"I think there's a world market for about five computers."
- Thomas J. Watson, chairman of the board of IBM.
"The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives."
- Admiral William Leahy, U.S. Atomic Bomb Project.
"While theoretically and technically television may be feasible, commercially and financially it is an impossibility."
- Lee DeForest, inventor
"Radio has no future. Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible. X-rays will prove to be a hoax."
- William Thomson, Lord Kelvin English scientist, 1899
"We don't need you. You haven't got through college yet."
- Hewlett Packard excuse to Steve Jobs, who founded Apple Computers instead.
"With over 50 foreign cars already on sale here, the Japanese auto industry isn't likely to carve out a big slice of the US market."
- Business Week, August 2, 1968
"The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty - a fad."
- The president of the Michigan Savings Bank advising Henry Ford’s lawyer, Horace Rackham, not to invest in the Ford Motor Co., 1903