Fearless Predictions That Were Utterly Wrong

Also, that iPhone is never going anywhere
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2010 8:24 AM CDT
'The Internet Will Fail' -- Bold Predictions That Completely Bombed
So the Internet will never make it, eh? Tell that to your editor sitting smugly in her telecommute jammies.   (Screenshot)

Remember the one about the guy who said the Internet will fail? Ha, ha, ha. Well, while we're waiting 15 years later for that daring prediction to come true, Asylum runs through a few other notables that fell flat:

  • 'Portable computers:' "The portable computer is a dream machine for the few," the founder of an early computer mag wrote in the New York Times in 1985. And "no one would want to take one fishing."

  • IPhone: "There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in 2007. "No chance."
  • Twitter: Sci-fi writer and journo Bruce Sterling told the NY Times in 2007 that "using Twitter for literate communication is about as likely as firing up a CB radio and hearing some guy recite The Iliad."
  • Books: 15th-century monk Trithemius didn't think they had a shot, writing that "printed books will never be the equivalent of handwritten codices, especially since printed books are often deficient in spelling and appearance."
To read how those Beatles will never make it and more, click here.
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