"Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible."
(Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895)
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
(Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943)
"There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home."
(Ken Olsen, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977)
"The 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)
"Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value."
(Marshal Ferdinand Foch, French commander of Allied forces during the closing months of World War I, 1918)
"Everything that can be invented has been invented."
(Charles H. Duell, commissioner, US Office of Patents, 1899)