Friday, April 25, 2008

the year 2000

I was having a dinner conversation with friends last night about the rapid advancements of technology and I remembered some 'great predications' published in the Good Weekend January 1st 2000.

I purposely purchased and kept the Good Weekend from 01/01/2000 as I thought "OOoohh, one day this magazine could be worth something". And if anything else it would good to share with the grand-kiddies.

So here are some of the great predications worth a mention:

"Everything that can be invented has been invented."
Charles Duell, director, US Patents Office, 1899

"A rocket will never be able to leave the earth's atmosphere"
The New York Times, 1936

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers".
Thomas Watson, IBM president, 1943

"Television won't last because people will get tired of staring at a plywood box every night".
Darryl Zanuck, 20th Century Fox co-founder, 1946

"There is no need for any individual to have a computer in their home".
Ken Olsen, president of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977


Hyena In Petticoats said...

It's almost creepy, isn't it? I forget that technology has only really taken over in the last twenty years - it feel like I've been on the internets forever!

Leah xxx

Cass said...

And who would ever have thought we would be communicating across the globe via computer, ah technology

Love&Afros said...

Just goes to show that people should keep their mouths closed! People would get bored with TV? Oh how far we have come!
I was 13 when the new millennium hit - I kept a bottle of '1999 Water' in the hopes that it would be worth something.. I'm 21 now, a lot smarter and realise that you can't really prove how old water is! I don't remember what happened to that bottle of water either...