Things That Will Never Happen !!
Our true enemy is tunnel vision
1: "Everything that can be invented has been invented,"
--said Commissioner Charles H. Duell as he recommended the closing of the patent office 1899.
2: "Man will never reach the moon regardless of all future scientific advances.
--Dr. Lee DeForest, "Father of Radio & Grandfather of Television."
3: "The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives."
--Admiral William Leahy, US Atomic Bomb Project
4: "There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom."
--Robert Millikan, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1923
5: "Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."
--Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949
6: "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
--Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943
7: "I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure
you that data processing is a fad that won't last out the year."
--The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957
8: "But what .. is it good for?" commenting on the microchip.
--Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968
9: "640K ought to be enough for anybody."
--Bill Gates, 1981
10: "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.
11: "The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to
nobody in particular"
--in response to urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s. David Sarnoff' Associates.
12: "The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C', the idea must be
-- 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.)
13: "I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falls on his face, not Gary Cooper,"
--Gary Cooper on his decision not to take the leading role in Gone With The Wind.
14: "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.
15: "We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out,"
-- Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.
16: "Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible,"
-- Lord Kelvin, president Royal Society, 1895.
17: "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 3-M "Post-It" Notepads.
18: "Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You're crazy,"
-- Drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil, 1859.
19: "Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau."
-- Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University , 1929.
20: "Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value,"
-- Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre, France .
21: "The super computer is technologically impossible. It would take all of the water that flows over Niagara
Falls to cool the heat generated by the number of vacuum tubes required.
" -- Professor of Electrical Engineering, New York University.
22: "I don't know what use any one could find for a machine that would make copies of documents. It
certainly couldn't be a feasible business by itself.
--The head of IBM, refusing to back the idea, forcing the inventor to found Xerox.
23: "Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction."
-- Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872.
24: "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.
25: "There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
-- Ken Olson, president, chairman, founder of Digital Equipment Corp. 1977.
Change only happens when people dare to think differently!
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