“It’ll Never Work!”

Some examples:

Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.– Popular Mechanics, 1949

While theoretically and technically television may be feasible, commercially and financially I consider it an impossibility, a development of which we need waste little time dreaming.
– Lee DeForest, American radio pioneer, 1926.

Television won’t be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night. – Darryl F. Zanuck, Head of 20th Century-Fox, 1946.

Rail travel at high speed is not possible because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxia.
– Dr. Dionysus Lardner (1793-1859)
Professor of Natural Philosophy and Astronomy


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