From time to time I receive communications interesting enough to pass along. The next three editions of Perspectives will share prophetic statements reported to have been made in the past that have proven to be inaccurate. Here we go with the first installment:
- “Man will never reach the moon regardless of all future scientific advances.” – Dr. Lee DeForest, father of radio and grandfather of television.
- “The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives.” – Admiral William Leahy, Chief of Staff to Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman, 1945.
- “There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom.” – Robert Millikan, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1923.
- “Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.” – Popular Mechanics, 1949.
- “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” – Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.
- “I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won’t last out the year.” – The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957.
- “But what is it good for?” – Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, commenting on the microchip, 1968.
- “640 K ought to be enough for anybody.” – Bill Gates, 1981.
- “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.
Stay tuned for next week’s prognostications. In the meantime, thank God for the incredible intelligence with which he has blessed mankind and pray that the crown of his creation will use his gifts for the betterment of mankind.
May our gracious God bless and keep you in his love and care!