LOL well lets see what some of the most brilliant man alive said
* We are probably nearing the limit of all we can know about astronomy.
o Simon Newcomb, Canadian-born American astronomer, 1888.
* There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now; All that remains is more and more precise measurement.
o Lord Kelvin, allegedly speaking to the w:British Association for the Advancement of Science in 1900. The veracity of this attribution is
disputed, and no contemporaneous documentation of the statement is known.
* If excessive smoking actually plays a role in the production of lung cancer, it seems to be a minor one.
o W.C. Heuper, National Cancer Institute, 1954.
* We can close the books on infectious diseases.
o Surgeon General of the United States William H. Stewart, 1969; speaking to the U.S. Congress – cited in The Killers Within: The Deadly
Rise Of Drug-Resistant Bacteria by Mark J. Plotkin and Michael Shnayerson, 2003, ISBN 0316735663.
* 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.
o The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957.
* But what... is it good for?
o IBM executive Robert Lloyd, speaking in 1968 about the microprocessor, the brain of today’s computers. [not a prediction]
* There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.
o Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), in at talk given to a 1977 World Future Society meeting
in Boston. This is widely quoted but Olsen claims it is taken out of context, that he was not referring to personal computers but to a household
computer that would control the home.
Reference: "Ken Olsen", Snopes, includes bibliography.
* Very interesting, Whittle, my boy, but it will never work.
o Cambridge Aeronautics Professor, when shown Frank Whittle's plan for the jet engine.
* The world potential market for copying machines is 5000 at most.
o IBM, to the eventual founders of Xerox, saying the photocopier had no market large enough to justify production, 1959.
* In all likelihood world inflation is over.
o International Monetary Fund CEO, 1959.
* The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C', the idea must be feasible.
o A Yale University management professor in response to a college assignment by Fred Smith proposing a reliable overnight delivery service,
in 1966. Smith would later go on to found Federal Express Corp.
* So we went to Atari and said, 'Hey, we've got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us?
Or we'll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we'll come work for you.' And they said, 'No.' So then we went to
Hewlett-Packard, and they said, 'Hey, we don't need you. You haven't got through college yet.'
o Steve Jobs, founder of Apple Computer Inc., on his and Steve Wozniak's early attempts to distribute their personal computer.
WELL the lesson here is that don't limit yourself to the older generation, They are just STUCK on there ego of there knowledge!
[edit on 13-4-2010 by Moonguy]