Genius delusions in science and technology

Genius delusions in science and technology

We offer you a list of "brilliant" delusions in science and technology, now it's even hard to believe these statements ...

The concept is interesting and well-framed. But, in order for an idea to start working, it must contain common sense. (Yale University professors in response to Fred Smith's offer to organize a home delivery service; Fred Smith will be the founder of Federal Express Corp.)

Drilling the ground for oil? Do you mean that you have to drill the ground in order to find oil? You are crazy. (response to Edwin Drake's project, 1859)

Knowledgeable people are well aware that voice cannot be transmitted through wires. Even if it were possible, there would be no benefit from it. (The Boston Post, 1865)

Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is a funny fantasy. (Pierre Pasche - professor of psychology at the University of Toulouse, 1872)

The abdomen, chest and brain will always be closed to the invasion of a wise and humane surgeon. (Sir John Erik Eriksen - British physician appointed as chief surgeon to Queen Victoria, 1873)

The device called the "telephone" has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. This device is of no value to us. (service letter of a Western Union employee, 1876)

Americans may need a phone, but we don't. We have enough messenger boys. (Sir William Preece, Post Office Chief Engineer, 1878)

Flying cars weighing heavier than air are impossible! (Lord Kelvin - President of the Royal Society, Royal Society, 1895)

Everything that could be invented has already been invented. (Charles Dewell - Commissioner of the US Patent Office, 1899)

Airplanes are interesting toys, but they have no military value. (Marechal Foch, Professor, Ecole Superieure de Guerre)

This rattler can scare pregnant cats, but what is the use of it in battle? (General Kitchener on the first tank, 1915)

This wireless music box has no commercial value. Who will pay for messages that are not intended for a private person? (partners of the Davclass Sarnoff association in response to his offer to invest in a radio project, 1920)

Professor Godard does not understand the relationship between action and reaction, he does not know that the reaction needs conditions more suitable than a vacuum. It seems that the professor has an acute shortage of basic knowledge that is taught in high school. (New York Times editorial on Robert Godard's revolutionary work on the rocket, 1921)

Who the heck is interested in the actors' conversations? (H.M. Warner - Warner Brothers' reaction to the use of sound in cinema, 1927)

I think that in the world market we will find demand for five computers. (Thomas Watson - Director of IBM, 1943)

ENIAC consists of 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons. However, the computers of the future will probably consist of only 1000 vacuum tubes and weigh only 1.5 tons. (Popular Mechanics, March 1949)

Atomic energy vacuum cleaners may appear within 10 years. (Sir Alex Levitt, President and Founder of the Lewyt Corporation vacuum cleaner company, 1955)

I traveled this country up and down, talked with the smartest people and I can guarantee you that data processing is just a fad, the fashion for which will last no more than a year. (Prentice Hall Editor, 1957)

The potential world market for copiers will hold no more than 5,000 units. (IBM to founders of Xerox, 1959)

We don't like their sound and, in general, the guitar is yesterday. (Decca Recording Co., which rejected the recording of the Beatles' album in 1962)

But what can be useful in this thing? (question on the discussion of creating a microchip in the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968)

In 1951, I visited Professor Douglas Hartree, who created the first differential analyzer in England. He had more experience with such highly specialized computers than anyone else. He told me that, in his opinion, all the calculations that would be required here in England could be done on three digital computers that were already being built at that time - one in Cambridge, the second in Teddington and the third in Manchester. As he said, personal cars will never be needed by anyone, and their price is exorbitant. (Lord Bowden, American Scientist, 1970)

In the mid-70s, someone approached me with an idea that now, perhaps, can be called a personal computer. The thought was that we should use an 8080 processor along with a keyboard and monitor and then sell those machines domestically. I then asked: "What is all this for?" The only response I heard was the creation of a kitchen computer for housewives that would store all kinds of culinary recipes in memory. Personally, I did not see anything useful in this, so we did not return to this idea again. (Gordon Moore, Intel)

This computer, by the way, was called the Honeywell Kitchen Computer and at the time of release in the United States cost about 4 brand new cars - it is not surprising that no one ever bought a copy.

No one may need to have a computer in their home. (Ken Olson - Founder and President of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977)

640KB should be enough for everyone. (Bill Gates, 1981)

We will never be able to create a 32-bit operating system. (Bill Gates at the MSX presentation, Machines with Software eXchangeability - the name of the standard for consumer computers in the 1980s)

$ 100 million is too much for Microsoft. (IBM, 1982)

I believe that OS / 2 is destined to be the most important operating system and possibly the program of all time. (Bill Gates in the introduction to the OS / 2 User's Guide, 1987)

Many say that in 1996 the already fast pace of Internet access worldwide will only accelerate. But my personal opinion is this: the rise in popularity of the Internet in 1996 will end in complete collapse. (Robert Metcalfe, founder of 3Com and inventor of Ethernet, 1995)

After two years, the spam problem will be resolved. (Bill Gates at the World Economic Forum, 2004)

By next Christmas, the iPod will be gone, kick back, join the majority - in a word, kaput. (Sir Alan Sugar, CEO of Amstrad, Daily Telegraph, February 2005)

The iPhone has no chance of gaining a significant chunk of the market. Absolutely none. Apple may be making good money by asking $ 500 for a phone, but look at the 1.3 billion mobile phones sold worldwide. Better our software will be installed on 60, 70 or 80% of them, and not on the two or three percent that will fall on Apple. (Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, USA Today, 2007)

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