Skepticism is in human nature but there people throughout modern history that have made really foolish remarks regarding some great technical inventions. Here is top 3 of the worst tech predictions of all time.
1. “Do not bother to sell your gas shares. The electric light has no future.” : those were the exact words of professor John Henry Porter who was a celebrity scientist during the Victorian era, his quote being from 1870s. Although the electricity was perceived suspiciously by many at first, no one today can imagine the world without electric light.
2. “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” : these words belong to Thomas Watson who was a chairman of IBM in 1943. Even thinking that today sounds unbelievably rediculous when the average person owns at least two computers. IBM executives also thought that there is no way a copying machine would sell more than 5,000 pieces worldwide and they shared that thought with the people who later founded Xerox.
3. “The “telephone” has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication” : this is a memo from 1876 by Western Union. Such an important and ground breaking invention such as the telephone was once perceived as unreliable and not suitable for communication which sounds incredulous to every person walking the Earth today.