Una piccola raccolta di perle di lungimiranza, con relativa fonte (almeno per le più recenti)!
Steve Ballmer, CEO Microsoft, parlando di Iphone nel 2007:
Now we’ll get a chance to go through this again in phones and music players. There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance. It’s a $500 subsidized item. They may make a lot of money. But if you actually take a look at the 1.3 billion phones that get sold, I’d prefer to have our software in 60% or 70% or 80% of them, than I would to have 2% or 3%, which is what Apple might get.
Clifford Stoll, scrittore, sul futuro di Internet nel 1995:
The truth is, no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher, and no computer network will change the way government works
Erik Sandberg-Diment, fondatore della rivista ROM, nel 1985:
For the most part, the portable computer is a dream machine for the few … On the whole, people don’t want to lug a computer with them to the beach or on a train to while away hours they would rather spend reading the sports or business section of the newspaper.
Somehow, the microcomputer industry has assumed that everyone would love to have a keyboard grafted on as an extension of their fingers. It just is not so … Because no matter how inexpensive the machines become, and no matter how sophisticated their software, I still can’t imagine the average user taking one along when going fishing
(qui manca il link, è un’intervista al NYT del dicembre 1985)
Ignoto sulla televisione, 1939:
TV will never be a serious competitor for radio because people must sit and keep their eyes glued on a screen; the average American family hasn’t time for it.
Fonte: NYT del 1939
Capi della RCA a proposito della radio:
The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?
Sir John Eric Ericksen, chirurgo inglese, 1873:
The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon
Niente male, eh?
P.S. Prima che qualcuno la citi: quella di Bill Gates e dei 640 kb di memoria non è vera! ;-)