How often do we come across celebrated innovators and tech pioneers that have prospective futuristic visions. Some believe that their minds have incredible powers. Leonardo Da Vinci predicted the design and mechanics of a flying device in the 15th century. That, after 400 years came to be known as a helicopter. But, even these minds have some loopholes and a loose form quite a number of times. Therefore, Let us look at some of the Worst False Tech Predictions.
7. “Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.”- Lord Kelvin (Kelvin Scale)
Yes, it is the same “Kelvin” that you just cannot ignore whenever there is discussion of temperature. Lord Kelvin is the key architect of the laws of thermodynamics and mathematical analysis of electricity. Literally, every machine in this world runs by the laws devised by him. And so is the airplane. But the very teeny-tiny bug in the Kelvin’s mind could not locate this concept.
6. “I think there is world market for may be five computers.”-Thomas Watson (Chairman, IBM)
Considered to be the greatest IT-firm in the world as of 2014, even IBM had to withstand one of the worst false tech predictions. As of now, even to think an age without computers is to think of stone age. The stats of this IT giant reflect a total revenue of $81 Billion, all thanks to computers. Rest assured, Watson went a bit edgy here.
5. “Cellular phones will absolutely not replace local wire systems.”- Marty Cooper (Inventor, Mobile Phone)
Well, not expected from all, but if the inventor of the cell phone itself issues such a statement, it is a bit of shocker if you think. For all we know is, it might have come out of gratitude. As of now, there are 5.3 billion mobile phone users to 0.9 billion landline users, which is almost 6 times the latter. A prediction gone bad.
4.“There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share.”- Steve Ballmer (CEO, Microsoft)
Yeah, you are allowed to have a big laugh about it. According to stats till June 2015, iPhone ranks 2nd in the worldwide market shares and has the biggest brand value. His statement might have come out of the rival factor but still is a false tech prediction. Well, even the brightest of moons have craters, isn’t it?
3.”What, sir, would you make a ship sail against the wind and currents by lighting a bonfire under her deck? I pray you, excuse me, I have not the time to listen to such nonsense.”- Napoleon Bonaparte (Conqueror)
Napoleon straight away exempted the fact of any existence of a steamboat. Also, he went so far to say that no such thing could ever be possible. He made this statement when told about Robert Fulton’s steamboat. Although, we might spare him for not to be techy guy but still, the statement to come out of someone who conquered half of the world seems a bit unconvincing.
2.“640KB ought to be enough [PC memory] for anybody”- Bill Gates (Co-founder, Microsoft)
This is thought to be the most absurd and one of the worst false tech predictions. If taken to be true, Bill Gates imagined a PC with just a Notepad feature. Although, he had continuously been denying to have said any such thing but even if it is taken to be a rumor, and when it is evolves around the world’s richest man, people do get serious.
1.“Fooling around with alternating current (AC) is just a waste of time. Nobody will use it, ever.”- Thomas Edison (Inventor, Electric Bulb)
It is well known about the nasty fight between Edison and Tesla. Tesla believed AC to be future while Edison invested his time and money on DC current. As a matter of fact, Edison even electrocuted an elephant just to prove that how dangerous is AC. Edison had as many as 200 inventions in his lifetime. Someone of that caliber, always chooses the right when it narrows down to just two options. But, for all we know is, it just came out of the rivalry.