"Man will never reach the moon regardless of all future scientific advances."
--Dr. Lee DeForest, "Father of radio and grandfather of television"
"The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?"
--Broadcasting mogul David Sarnoff's associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s
"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."
--Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
--Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943
"I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won't last out the year."
--The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957
"But what is it good for?"
--Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, commenting on the microchip, 1968
"640K ought to be enough for anybody."
--Bill Gates, 1981