Monday, April 10, 2006

The future of computing

"The future, according to some scientists, will be exactly like the past, only more expensive."
- John Sladek

"I predict the Internet... will go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse,"
Bob Metcalfe, inventor and 3Com founder, 1995

"640K ought to be enough for anybody,"
Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft, 1981

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home,"
Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment, 1977

"Where... the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and weigh only 1.5 tons,"
Popular Mechanics 1949

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers,"
Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.

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