Out of the mouths of 'experts'....

Week of April 30

I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.

 Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943


640K ought to be enough for anybody.

Bill Gates, 1981


But what...is it good for?"

Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip.


Everything that can be invented has been invented.

Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, US Office of Patents, 1899


Week of April 23

Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.

Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949


There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.

Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977


This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is  inherently of no value to us.

Western Union internal memo, 1876.


Week of April 16

The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value.  Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?

David Sarnoff's associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s.


The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C,' the idea must be feasible.

A Yale University management professor in response to Fred Smith's paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. (Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.)


Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction.

Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872


Week of April 9

Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?

H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927


I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falling on his face and not Gary Cooper.

Gary Cooper on his decision not to take the leading role in "Gone With the Wind.


A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy  cookies like you make.

Response to Debbi Fields' idea of starting Mrs. Fields' Cookies.


The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon.

Sir John Eric Ericksen, British surgeon, appointed Surgeon-Extraordinary to Queen Victoria, 1873


Week of April 2

Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.

Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895


If I had thought about it, I wouldn't have done the experiment.  The literature was full of examples that said you can't do  this.

Spencer Silver on the work that led to the unique adhesives for 3M "Post-It" Notepads.


Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau.

Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929


Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.

Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre


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