In a Western Union internal memo issued in year 1876, it was published—“This telephone has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.” More than a century since this statement was first published; there is no denying that it was a failed prediction. The telephone has been one of the most important inventions to have ever been introduced in the modern world, and even now that mobile phones are more widely used, the value of telephones in the corporate world can never be underrated.
X-Rays Are Fake
Mr. Lord Kevin, the former president of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, argued in 1833—“X-rays will prove to be a hoax.” Back then, x-ray technology was just discovered by Rontgen. Little did Lord Kevin know that a century after, this invention would be deemed as among the most valuable discoveries in the field of science. X-rays today are generally used for digital imaging, where bone and organ structures are examined to identify infirmities.
Submarines Are Useless
A British writer famous for his writings in the science fiction genre, H.G. Wells once stated his view of submarines—“ I must confess that my imagination refuses to see any sort of submarine doing anything but suffocating its crew and floundering at sea”. While submarines today are used to perform specialized functions both in expeditions and military operations, it was a total mistake for Wells to deem it useless.
Copying Machines Are Too Big
Sometime in 1959, multinational technology and consulting corporation IBM released a statement saying that “The world potential market for copying machines is 5000 at most .It had no market large enough to justify production”. Today, photocopying machines are among the most valuable machines that cannot be absent in any business setting. One can never imagine a school, a commercial or government office operating while devoid of a photocopier.
Cinema Is Just A Passing Trend
Renowned actor, producer and comedienne Charlie Chaplin claimed in 1916, “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”. Stage plays used to be the most popular, but since the dawn of cinemas, going to movie houses have outshone watching theaters as a form of recreation. And the fad over cinemas is never as fleeting as Chaplin thought it would be. Until today, more and more people discover the fun in watching their favorite actors on the silver screen.