The quotes below are amusing now. They were made by people who absolutely held them to be true.
So, what do you hold to be true? True innovation lies in what you dont know, not what you do know. "The only barrier to your creativity is what you know".
“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers” – Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943
“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home” – Ken Olsen, President, Chairman and Founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977
"This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication." — Western Union internal memo, 1876.
"Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible." — Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895.
"Everything that can be invented has been invented." — Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899.
"Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 18 000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers of the future may have only 1 000 vacuum tubes and perhaps weigh 1½ tons." — Popular Mechanics, March 1949.
"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." — The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957.
"But what... is it good for ?" — An engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, commenting on the microchip in 1968.
"The Macintosh uses an experimental pointing device called a 'mouse.' There is no evidence that people want to use these things. …. This type of machine was developed by hardware hackers working out of Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center. It has yet to find popular success. There seems to be some mysterious user resistance to this type of machine." — John C. Dvorak on why the Macintosh would fail, San Francisco Examiner, 1984/02/19.
“Theoretically, television may be feasible, but I consider it an impossibility--a development which we should waste little time dreaming about.” - Lee de Forest, 1926, inventor of the cathode ray tube
Who the hell wants to hear actors talk? - H. M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927
640K ought to be enough for anybody - Bill Gates, 1981
Airplanes are interesting toys, but they have no military value - Marshal Ferdinand Foch in 1911
With over 50 foreign cars already on sale here, the Japanese auto industry isn't likely to carve out a big slice of the U.S. market - Business Week, 1958
Whatever happens, the U.S. Navy is not going to be caught napping - Frank Knox, U.S. Secretary of the Navy, on December 4, 1941
Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau - Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, October 16, 1929.
Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction - Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872