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