"Who in their right mind would ever need more than 640k of ram!?"
- Bill Gates, 1981
"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."
- Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949
"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 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 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.
"Everything that can be invented has been invented."
- Charles H Duell, Commissioner, US Office of Patents, 1889.
"But what .. is it good for?"
- An engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968 commenting on the microchip.
"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?"
- H M Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927.
Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau."
- Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929.