Prediction Quotations

I’ve been collecting quotations for years and figured I’d put my collections online for others to use as they wish. Enjoy these quotations, use the comment form to share any interesting prediction quotations you don’t find here.

Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.
– Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949

The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?
– David Sarnoff’s associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s

We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.
– Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962

Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.
– Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895

There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.
– Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977

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

The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a ‘C,’ the idea must be feasible.
– A Yale University management professor in response to Fred Smith’s paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. (Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.)

Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?
– H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927

A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make.
– Response to Debbi Fields’ idea of starting Mrs. Fields’ Cookies

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