December 3, 2021

In Hindsight… Tech Predictions and Quotes


The computing trade is fueled by prediction and rumors. Earlier than the patent turned a fastidiously guarded weapon, chip engineers from competing firms would typically share an astounding quantity of knowledge on an off-the-cuff foundation — not simply with one another, however with the broader client viewers as effectively.

Over time, because the timeline of novel merchandise accelerated, new options and requirements gained momentum and the sound chew and quotable quote turned the means to change into observed by a consumer base clamoring for any tidbit within the 1000’s of tech-centric boards and the countless stream of trade associated magazines.

Three years earlier than co-founding Intel, Gordon E. Moore authored an article “Cramming Extra Elements Onto Built-in Circuits” which appeared within the April 1965 version of Electronics Journal. In that paper Moore predicted that the transistor rely for a minimal element price would double yearly for not less than a decade based mostly upon Fairchild Semiconductor’s earlier 5 years of IC design. So correct a forecast — and self-fulfilling prophecy — Moore and Intel turned prime movers within the trade and his prediction is enshrined as Moore’s legislation.

Throughout an trade recognized for its predictive pronouncements as its precise innovation, low bandwidth morality, and elastic angle in direction of mental property rights, many have felt compelled to comply with Gordon Moore in bringing their judgements and observations into the general public eye… with various levels of success.

Yearly for almost a decade, we have revisited this TechSpot authentic characteristic to deliver new quotes to readers’ consideration and refreshing those who have both ran stale or change into irrelevant. This is a style of these quotes that go from the notorious to the inspiring and outright prescient.

“Two years from now, spam might be solved” – Invoice Gates, Microsoft’s founder and Chairman [World Economic Forum, January 2004]

“If I had been working Apple, I’d milk the Macintosh for all its value — and get busy on the subsequent great point. The PC wars are over. Performed. Microsoft received a very long time in the past.” – Steve Jobs, earlier than he returned to Apple [Fortune, February 1996]

“What would I do? I might shut it down and provides the cash again to the shareholders” – Michael Dell, Chairman/CEO of Dell Computer systems stated when requested what he would do if he was CEO of Apple [Various news outlets, October 1997]

“The period of the PC is over” – Louis Gerstner, Chairman/CEO of IBM [Smart Computing, July 1999]
“There is no probability that the iPhone goes to get any important market share. No probability.” – Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO [USA Today, April 2007]

“Our trade doesn’t respect custom — it solely respects innovation” – Satya Nadella, electronic mail to staff on his first day as Microsoft’s CEO [Microsoft Press Release, February 2014]
“The geek is again” – Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger, speaking to the press shortly after returning to the corporate as the brand new CEO [Fortune, March 2021]

“In 5 years we’ll sit round and chortle that we even had working system wars; there’s simply going to be Linux. We will take over” – Trae McCombs, website supervisor Linux.com [Maximum Linux, October 1999]

“Engineering is magic … Or not less than the closest factor to magic that exists in the actual world” – Elon Musk, founding father of SpaceX, CEO of Tesla [on Twitter, June 2018]

“I want I had the cash to make tons of investments in the beginning of the web revolution. I may see it coming” … “We began the Imaginative and prescient Fund on the very starting of the AI revolution” – Masayoshi Son, SoftBank Group founder [June 2019]

“Sooner or later, the first technique of communication with computer systems might be by means of speech, not by means of graphics” – Nicholas Negroponte, director of MIT’s Media Lab. [BYTE, November 1989]

“We’re presently not planning on conquering the world” – Sergey Brin, Google co-founder, Alphabet Inc. President

“The query is not ‘What will we need to learn about individuals?’ It is, ‘What do individuals need to inform about themselves?” – Mark Zuckerberg, Fb founder and CEO [Charlie Rose interview, November 2011]
Discussing Fb’s influence on society: “It is addictive; it isn’t good for you; they’re after your children, they’re working political advertisements that are not true.” – Marc Benioff, Salesforce founder and co-CEO, calling for Fb to be damaged up [CNN interview, October 2019]
“We all know the place you might be. We all know the place you have been. We will roughly know what you are excited about.” – Eric Schmidt, Google CEO [The Atlantic, October 2010]

“I predict the Web will quickly go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse” – Robert Metcalfe, Founding father of 3com and co-inventor of the Ethernet wrote this in {a magazine} column [Infoworld, December 1995]

“Social media has created a historic shift from the traditionally highly effective to the traditionally powerless. Now everybody has a voice” – Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Fb [“The Future of the Digital Economy,” World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, January 2015]

“Personally, I believe the concept faux information on Fb – it is a very small quantity of the content material – to suppose it influenced the election in any means is a fairly loopy thought.” – Mark Zuckerberg, Fb CEO, two days after the 2016 US presidential election. He publicly regretted the remark per week later. [Tech conference, November 2016]

“We need to try to construct a spot the place individuals can come to search out and uncover something that they may need to purchase on-line” – Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com founder, about 15 years earlier than Amazon turned one of many largest forces of the web and worldwide retail, amongst different issues [Charlie Rose Show, May 1999]

“Jeff Bezos is opening a retail retailer and owns a newspaper. Seems the whole lot we thought in regards to the web is unsuitable.” – Aaron Levie, CEO of Field about Bezos shopping for The Washington Submit and Amazon opening a bodily retail retailer. [via Twitter, October 2014]

“The fascinating factor about cloud computing is that we have redefined cloud computing to incorporate the whole lot that we already do … The pc trade is the one trade that’s extra fashion-driven than girls’s style. Possibly I am an fool, however I do not know what anybody is speaking about. What’s it? It is full gibberish. It is insane. When is that this idiocy going to cease?” – Larry Ellison, Oracle co-founder and CEO [Analyst conference, September, 2008]

– Tandy’s Radio Shack division monetary VP when requested in regards to the IBM PC“There undoubtedly is a brand new child on the block, however there may be nothing that IBM has offered that will blow the trade away”[Business Week, August 24, 1981]By 1989, eight years after its introduction, the IBM PC and its clones had captured 83.6% of the non-public computing market.

– John Roach, Tandy President in August 1981 when requested in regards to the influence that IBM’s imminent transfer into private computing with the IBM PC“I do not suppose it is that important”[The Making of Microsoft, by Daniel Ichbiah and Susan Knepper, 1991]

“Stone Age. Bronze Age. Iron Age. We outline whole epics of humanity by the expertise they use. In actual fact, expertise has been the story of human progress from as lengthy again as we all know. In 100 years individuals will look again on now and say, “That was the Web Age.” And computer systems might be seen as a mere ingredient to the Web Age.” – Reed Hastings, Netflix co-founder and CEO [Education Innovation Summit, May 2002]

On the COMDEX expo in Las Vegas on 18 Nov 1996, Andrew Grove (Intel CEO and President) predicts that by 2011, Intel CPUs will combine one billion transistors, function at 10 GHz and be able to 100,000 MIPS (tens of millions of directions per second). Intel’s Gulftown would meet two of these standards (1.17 billion transistors and 147,600 MIPS) in 2010. We’re nonetheless ready on the third.

“There isn’t a cause anybody would need a pc of their residence.” – Ken Olsen, founding father of Digital Gear Company [1977]

“Above all, what we’ll by no means see fly is the scanner / printer / fax / copier combo” – John C. Dvorak [PC Magazine, November 27, 1990]

“What a pc is to me is probably the most outstanding instrument that now we have ever give you. It is the equal of a bicycle for our minds.” – Steve Jobs, Apple founder [film “Memory & Imagination,” 1990]

“In 5 years I don’t suppose there’ll be a cause to have a pill anymore. Possibly an enormous display in your workspace, however not a pill as such. Tablets themselves aren’t a very good enterprise mannequin.” – Thorsten Heins, BlackBerry CEO, when emphasizing telephones’ predominance over tablets [April 2013]

“There are not any plans to make a pill. It seems individuals need keyboards… we have a look at the pill, and we predict it’s going to fail.” – Steve Jobs, on the 2003 All Issues Digital convention. Apple would ship the iPad seven years later

“It appears possible that when the machine considering technique had began, it might not take lengthy to outstrip our feeble powers… They might be capable of converse with one another to sharpen their wits. At some stage, subsequently, we should always must anticipate the machines to take management.” – Alan Turing, mathematician, laptop scientist and thinker, in 1951.

“AI doesn’t must be evil to destroy humanity – if AI has a objective and humanity simply occurs to come back in the best way, it would destroy humanity as a matter after all with out even excited about it, no onerous emotions.”

“With synthetic intelligence we’re summoning the demon.” – Elon Musk warns about AI, saying it might be our largest existential menace[MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics’s Centennial Symposium, October 2014]

“I’ve come to the conclusion that one of many largest evils on this trade is the household plan” – John Legere, T-Cell US CEO, earlier than he introduced T-Cell’s supply to pay for patrons’ termination payment in the event that they need to change carriers [CES 2014, January 2014]

“I imagine the web may have a local foreign money and I don’t know if it’s bitcoin. I believe will probably be [bitcoin] given all of the checks it has been by means of and the rules behind it, the way it was created” – Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter and Sq. [Joe Rogan Experience podcast, February 2019]

“I can see the day when Apple will not be within the private laptop enterprise” and “The private laptop enterprise as now we have recognized it’s not very enticing for the Nineties” – John Sculley, CEO and Chairman of Apple Laptop [Fortune Magazine, July 26, 1993]

“The Web is the very first thing that humanity has constructed that humanity would not perceive, the most important experiment in anarchy that now we have ever had.” – Eric Schmidt, software program engineer, former Google/Alphabet CEO and Chairman

On not promoting to Fb…

“There are only a few individuals on the earth who get to construct a enterprise like this. I believe buying and selling that for some short-term achieve isn’t very fascinating.”
– Evan Spiegel, Snapchat co-founder and CEO

“We do not see Home windows as a long-term graphical interface for the plenty” – Lotus Improvement official on the demonstration of a brand new DOS model of Lotus 1-2-3 [BYTE, June 1989]Home windows 3.0 would launch twelve months later

“There is no doubt that the antitrust lawsuit was unhealthy for Microsoft, and we might have been extra targeted on creating the cellphone working system. And so as an alternative of utilizing Android at the moment, you’ll be utilizing Home windows Cell” – Invoice Gates on why he thinks Microsoft was unable to construct the world’s hottest cell OS… he bought too personally concerned with the corporate’s antitrust battle within the late 90s [New York Times DealBook Conference – November 2019]

“[DOS will be] with us endlessly. We have realized how passionate individuals are about DOS” – Brad Silverberg, Microsoft VP [InfoWorld, July 29, 1991]

“Nobody desires to work with Microsoft any extra. We positive will not. They have no pals left” – Philippe Kahn, Chairman of Borland Worldwide [Hard Drive – Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire, by James Wallace and Jim Erickson, 1992].

“My identify is Linus, and I’m your God.”

“See, you not solely must be a very good coder to create a system like Linux, it’s important to be a sneaky bastard too.” – Linus Torvalds, software program engineer, Linux creator

“I believe the almost certainly situation now will not be a splintering, however somewhat a bifurcation right into a Chinese language-led web and a non-Chinese language web led by America” – Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, responding to a query which specified “within the subsequent 10 to fifteen years.” [ Village Global VC event, September 2018]

“It is best to study out of your competitor, however by no means copy. Copy and also you die.”

“If we don’t align collectively, human beings are going to battle one another, as a result of every technological revolution makes the world unbalanced.” – Jack Ma, co-founder and former government chairman of Alibaba Group [World Economic Forum, Jan 2018]

“Companies typically neglect in regards to the tradition, and finally, they undergo for it as a result of you possibly can’t ship good service from sad staff.” – Tony Hsieh, former CEO of Zappos

“Simply keep away from holding it that means”

“I’ll destroy Android, as a result of it is a stolen product. I am prepared to go thermonuclear warfare on this” – Steve Jobs on iPhone 4’s “antennagate” points and the specter of Android copying Apple [Email reply & Walter Isaacson’s 2011 book, Steve Jobs]

“There’s a cause they name it {hardware}—it’s onerous.” – Tony Fadell, one of many fathers of the iPod and Nest Labs founder [LeWeb conference, 2012]

“If there’s a number of expertise, we can’t perceive it.” – Warren Buffett, investor and enterprise tycoon — when laying out six standards on what firms to take a position [Letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, 2014]

“What we possibly ought to’ve realized sooner was that we’re working a political marketing campaign and the candidate is Uber. And this political race is occurring in each main metropolis on the earth. And since this is not a couple of democracy, that is a couple of product, you possibly can’t win 51 to 49. You need to win 98 to 2 ” – Travis Kalanick, Uber co-founder [Vanity Fair, November 2014]

“Don’t fear about failure; you solely must be proper as soon as.” – Drew Houston, Dropbox co-founder and CEO

(On PS3’s value) “We wish customers to suppose to themselves ‘I’ll work extra hours to purchase one.’” – Ken Kutaragi, Chairman of Sony Laptop Leisure [Toyo Keiza, July 2005]

“The market is complicated, though it offers us with some type of job safety” – Richard Bader, Intel Basic Supervisor [Personal Computing, October 1988]

“[Intel’s Pentium name] higher suited as “a reputation for toothpaste” – W. Jerry Sanders III, AMD Chairman

“One factor’s for positive, *no one* goes to name it the Pentium” – John C. Dvorak [both PC Magazine, January 12, 1993]

“The one strategic relationship that works is a purchase order order” – Scott McNealy, CEO Solar Microsystems on the identical AIM alliance [MacUser, January 1984]

“Coding is like writing, and we stay in a time of the brand new industrial revolution. What’s occurred is that possibly all people is aware of methods to use computer systems, like they know methods to learn, however they do not know methods to write.” – Susan Wojcicki, YouTube CEO [April 2016]

“We weren’t first on the MP3 participant; we weren’t first on the pill; we weren’t first on the smartphone. However we had been arguably the primary trendy smartphone, and we would be the first trendy smartwatch—the primary one which issues.” – Tim Prepare dinner, Apple CEO on launching the Apple Watch [March 2015, Fast Company interview]

“We’re simply a complicated breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a really common star. However we will perceive the universe. That makes us one thing very particular.” – Stephen Hawking, theoretical physicist and world-renowned scientist, on people and our place on the earth [Der Spiegel interview – October 1988]

“The reality isn’t any on-line database will change your day by day newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a reliable instructor and no laptop community will change the best way authorities works”



“But Nicholas Negroponte, director of the MIT Media Lab, predicts that we’ll quickly purchase books and newspapers straight over the Web. Uh, positive.” – Clifford Stoll, astronomer, creator and instructor [Newsweek – “The Internet,” 1995]

“When the anthropologists mud off the Eighties and Nineties and have a look at the productiveness dip, they are going to blame [Microsoft] Workplace”- Scott McNealy, Chairman /CEO of Solar Microsystems [BYTE, January 1997]

“One solution to perceive human progress is to take a look at how expertise has made services – as soon as reserved for the elite – progressively extra accessible and reasonably priced.” – Dan Schulman, PayPal CEO

This characteristic was initially printed in December 2013. Yearly since now we have revised it so as to add extra quotes and refresh the general content material as a result of it is as related and fascinating at the moment because it was then. A part of our #ThrowbackThursday initiative.

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