what is your opinion on the worst predictions? They really said this-

United States
February 4, 2007 4:02pm CST
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 I think there is a world market for maybe five computers. - Thomas J. Watson, 1943, Chairman of the Board of IBM Theoretically, television may be feasible, but I consider it an impossibility--a development which we should waste little time dreaming about. - Lee de Forest, 1926, inventor of the cathode ray tube
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@kesfylstra (1870)
• United States
6 Feb 07
LOL, these are quite humorous. It is interesting that these things that are so commonplace now were so mind-boggling when first thought up. I don't think that we are as surprised by technology anymore. Have we gotten to a place where we assume everything is possible?
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• United States
6 Feb 07
I have to admit that I was really surprised at how many of these educated people had been so terribly wrong. I also think that that there is no substitue for good ole common sense or horse sense as some call it.
@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
6 Feb 07
Time to eat more crow I'd say! Good thing Watson was wrong or we would not be at mylot today!!
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• United States
6 Feb 07
You are so right. Its just how some people have projectin into the future and do think outside of the box. Then we have many people who dont and wont....This is what causes this long list of worst predictions and there are many!
@linda345 (2661)
• Canada
4 Feb 07
I never heard these memo's and quote's before and I have worked in the electronics field since I was 17. If these people could only see how far we have come. I have a dictionary from when I was a little girl and the word computer wasn't even in their. As long as there are people who keep on working on new inventions and prefecting them, technology will continue to build.
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• United States
6 Feb 07
If anything shows that preserverance pays, these do. pays these do. I am so thankful to all the wonderful people who didnt give up or quit. I am glad they continued on and found support and others would assist them to persue their dreams.
@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
4 Feb 07
Knuckleheads is all I can say. Predictions aren't worth a plug nickel and come a dime a dozen. Thank God that the people with ideas and dreams have the power to make them come true. And the prediction makers have no power because they are totally negative.
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• United States
6 Feb 07
thank heavens that noone just stopped the research and development. I wonder though how disscouraging this was for those working so hard to make progress. This reminds me of the many stars who were told go home because you will never amount to anything.
• United States
4 Feb 07
How little did they know! Isn't technology wonderful. I am so glad there are iventors who make out world a better place. Especially in communications and health.
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• United States
6 Feb 07
You are so right. You pointed out about health, where would we be without those people? The countless lives that they have saved. Lest not forgetting they were ridiculed, and mocked all along the way in many cases.