Last week I published on Twitter some of my enterprise datacenter predictions for 2015. While predictions are easy to be made up because they do not hold anyone accountable, I personally believe my top 12 will hold true for 2015. Here they are:
“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” — Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.
“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 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.
“There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will.” — Albert Einstein, 1932.
“There will never be a bigger plane built.” — A Boeing engineer, after the first flight of the 247, a twin engine plane that holds ten people.
“While theoretically and technically television may be feasible, commercially and financially it is an impossibility.” — Lee DeForest, inventor.
“We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.” — Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.
“Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and weigh only 1.5 tons.” — Popular Mechanics, 1949
“Everyone’s always asking me when Apple will come out with a cell phone. My answer is, ‘Probably never.'”—David Pogue, The New York Times, 2006
“World Economic Forum, 2004: “Two years from now, spam will be solved.”—Bill Gates
“Apple [is] a chaotic mess without a strategic vision and certainly no future.”—TIME, February 5, 1996
This article was first published by Andre Leibovici (@andreleibovici) at myvirtualcloud.net.