There is this brilliant calendar with people's past predictions about technology. Some of my favorites:

- 1957: 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. Editor of Prentice Hall

- 1977: “There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.” — Ken Olsen, founder of Digital Equipment Corp

- 1995: “I predict the Internet will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse.” — Robert Metcalfe, founder of 3Com, inventor of Ethernet

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    I think there sometimes some interesting way these types of predictions turned out if you look at them in context.

    Like, who was that guy that predicted that there would only be four, maybe five computers in the world?

    Looking at the landscape today, conceptually, there are actually only a couple of big ones. Namely the machine of Amazon, the machine of Google and so on.

    What they didn't foresee was our incessant need for thin clients that enables us to share pictures of cats, porn and ourselves.
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