Hindsight or Foresight?
Where will you stand in history?
5 “When the Paris Exhibition [of 1878] closes, electric light will close with it and now more will be heard of it.”
- Oxford Professor Erasmus Wilson
4 “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
3 “I think that there is a world market for maybe five computers.”
- Thomas Watson, Chairman IBM, 1943
2 “Rail travel at high speed is not possible because passengers, unable to breath, would die of asphyxia.”
- Dionysius Lardner, 1830
1 “The horse is here to stay, but the automobile is only a novelty – a fad.”
- The president of the Michigan Savings Bank advising Henry Ford’s lawyer not to invest in the Ford Motor Co., 1903