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En inglés, pa que practiquen, bola de burros:
1. “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” — Ken Olson, presidente, chairman y fundador de Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC), argumentando contra la PC en 1977.
2. “We will never make a 32 bit operating system.” — Bill Gates
3. “Lee DeForest has said in many newspapers and over his signature that it would be possible to transmit the human voice across the Atlantic before many years. Based on these absurd and deliberately misleading statements, the misguided public … has been persuaded to purchase stock in his company …” — Fiscal de Distrito Norteamericano, acusando al inventor Lee DeForest de vender acciones “fraudulentas” por correo para su Radio Telephone Company en 1913.
4. “There is practically no chance communications space satellites will be used to provide better telephone, telegraph, television, or radio service inside the United States.” — T. Craven, Comisionado de la FCC, en 1961
5. “To place a man in a multi-stage rocket and project him into the controlling gravitational field of the moon where the passengers can make scientific observations, perhaps land alive, and then return to earth – all that constitutes a wild dream worthy of Jules Verne. I am bold enough to say that such a man-made voyage will never occur regardless of all future advances.” — Lee DeForest, el mismo de ahí arribita, en 1926
6. “A rocket will never be able to leave the Earth’s atmosphere.” — New York Times, 1936.
7. “Flight by machines heavier than air is unpractical (sic) and insignificant, if not utterly impossible.” – Simon Newcomb
8. “Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.” — Lord Kelvin, físico-matemático británico, presidente de la British Royal Society, 1895.
9. “There will never be a bigger plane built.” — Ingeniero de Boeing, después del primer vuelo del 247, con capacidad para 10 pasajeros
10. “Nuclear-powered vacuum cleaners will probably be a reality in 10 years.” -– Alex Lewyt, presidente de Lewyt Corp., 1955.
11. “This is the biggest fool thing we have ever done. The bomb will never go off, and I speak as an expert in explosives.” — Admiral William D. Leahy, aconsejando al Presidente sobre la bomba atómica, 1945.
12. “The energy produced by the breaking down of the atom is a very poor kind of thing. Anyone who expects a source of power from the transformation of these atoms is talking moonshine.” — Ernest Rutherford, poco después de separar un átomo por vez primera.
13. “There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will.” — Albert Einstein, 1932
14. “The cinema is little more than a fad. It’s canned drama. What audiences really want to see is flesh and blood on the stage.” -– Charlie Chaplin, actor, productor, director y fundador de estudios, 1916
15. “The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty – a fad.” — Presidente del Michigan Savings Bank aconsejando al abogado de Henry Ford, Horace Rackham, no invertir en la Ford Motor Co., 1903
16. “The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys.” — Sir William Preece, ingeniero en jefe de la British Post Office, 1878.
17. “This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.” — Un memo en la Western Union, 1878.
18. “The world potential market for copying machines is 5000 at most.” — IBM, a los eventuales fundadores de la Xerox, argumentando que las fotocopiadoras no tenían un mercado lo suficientemente grande para justificar su producción, 1959.
19. “I must confess that my imagination refuses to see any sort of submarine doing anything but suffocating its crew and floundering at sea.” — HG Wells, novelista británico, 1901.
20. “X-rays will prove to be a hoax.” — Lord Kelvin, Presidente de la Royal Society, 1883.
21. “The idea that cavalry will be replaced by these iron coaches is absurd. It is little short of treasonous.” — Comentario del asistente de Field Marshal Haig, en la demostración de un tanque, 1916.
22. “How, sir, would you make a ship sail against the wind and currents by lighting a bonfire under her deck? I pray you, excuse me, I have not the time to listen to such nonsense.” — Napoleon Bonaparte, al enterarse de la existencia del barco de vapor de Robert Fulton, 1800s.
23. “Fooling around with alternating current is just a waste of time. Nobody will use it, ever.” — Thomas Edison, inventor gringo, 1889.
24. “Home Taping Is Killing Music” — Camaña ocentera de la BPI, argumentando que la gente que grabara música de la radio al cassette aniquilaría la industria.
25. “Television won’t last. It’s a flash in the pan.” — Mary Somerville, pionera de la radio educativa, 1948.
26. “[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 Zanuck, productor de películas, 20th Century Fox, 1946.
27. “When the Paris Exhibition [of 1878] closes, electric light will close with it and no more will be heard of it.” – Profr. Erasmus Wilson
28. “Dear Mr. President: The canal system of this country is being threatened by a new form of transportation known as ‘railroads’ … As you may well know, Mr. President, ‘railroad’ carriages are pulled at the enormous speed of 15 miles per hour by ‘engines’ which, in addition to endangering life and limb of passengers, roar and snort their way through the countryside, setting fire to crops, scaring the livestock and frightening women and children. The Almighty certainly never intended that people should travel at such breakneck speed.” — Martin Van Buren, Gobernador de Nueva York, 1830.
29. “Rail travel at high speed is not possible because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxia.” — Dr Dionysys Larder, profesor de Filosofía Natural y Astronomía del University College London.
30. “The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to no one in particular?” — Asociados de David Sarnoff respondiendo a su duda de invertir o no en la radio, en 1921.
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