Everything that can be invented has been invented."
-Charles Duell, head of the U.S. Patent Office, 1899
"Who in their right mind would ever need more than 640k of ram!?"
- Bill Gates, 1981
"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."
- Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
- Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943
"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
"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.
"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out."
- Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.
"X rays are a hoax."
-Lord Kelvin, physicist, c. 1900
"While theoretically and technically television may be feasible, commercially and financially I consider it an impossibility."
-Lee DeForest, inventor of the Audion tube, 1926
"The Bomb will never go off, and I speak as an expert in explosives."
-Admiral William Daniel Leahy, advising President Truman on the U.S. atom-bomb project, 1945
"Space travel is utter bilge."
-Richard van der Riet Wooley, on assuming the post of British Astronomer Royal, 1956
"The cloning of mammals...is biologically impossible."
-James McGrath and Davor Solter, writing in Science, Dec. 14, 1984