Predictions Gone Wrong

January 23, 2009
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“Two years from now, spam will be solved.”

This was a quote from Bill Gates in 2004; unfortunately Bill got that one wrong because spam accounts for 90-plus percent of all email world-wide. We’re nowhere nearer to the spam solution and Gates isn’t the only one to get a prediction wrong, here are a few others:

“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.”
Ken Olsen, founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977

“Almost all of the many predictions now being made about 1996 hinge on the Internet’s continuing exponential growth. But I predict the Internet will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse.”
Robert Metcalfe, founder of 3Com, 1995

These are three of The 7 Worst Tech Predictions of All Time, an article by PC World’s Robert Strohmeyer that was reprinted on MSN. Check out Robert’s article and let us know if there are some others you’ve seen… Happy Friday.


“Two years from now, spam will be solved.”

This was a quote from Bill Gates in 2004; unfortunately Bill got that one wrong because spam accounts for 90-plus percent of all email world-wide. We’re nowhere nearer to the spam solution and Gates isn’t the only one to get a prediction wrong, here are a few others:

“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.”
Ken Olsen, founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977

“Almost all of the many predictions now being made about 1996 hinge on the Internet’s continuing exponential growth. But I predict the Internet will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse.”
Robert Metcalfe, founder of 3Com, 1995

These are three of The 7 Worst Tech Predictions of All Time, an article by PC World’s Robert Strohmeyer that was reprinted on MSN. Check out Robert’s article and let us know if there are some others you’ve seen… Happy Friday.
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