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Regression to the Mean

Rail travel at high speed is not possible because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxia.
Dr. Dionysus Lardner (1793-1859), Professor of Natural Philosophy and Astronomy

Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.
Marshal Ferdinand Foch, French military strategist and World War I commander.

There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home.
Ken Olson, President of Digital Corporation, 1977

The Internet will catastrophically collapse in 1996.
Robert Metcalfe, Inventor of the Ethernet

Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.
Popular Mechanics, 1949

There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now, All that remains is more and more precise measurement.
Lord Kelvin, 1900

We have reached the limits of what is possible with computers.
John Von Neumann, 1949

I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.
Thomas J. Watson Snr., IBM Chairman, 1943