Quando si dice “Saperla lunga”

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.

Fonte: http://www.usatoday.com/money/companies/management/2007-04-29-ballmer-ceo-forum-usat_N.htm

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

Fonte: http://www.newsweek.com/id/106554

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! ;-)