10 Worst Tech Predictions of All Time

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In the technology world, bold predictions abound, and they should. Placing big bets in one direction or another is how this industry works. Some pundits try to make educated guesses about where tech is headed, while others prognosticate in reaction to disruptive technologies that could boost (or threaten) their business.

As we all know, foretelling what's going to happen in 5, 10 or 30 years is pretty much impossible, but some predictions are so spectacularly wrong that they should be immortalized. That's why I've selected these gems from some of the biggest names, publications and research firms to present the 10 worst tech predictions of all time. A couple of these timelines haven't yet passed, but I feel comfortable predicting them as total fails now.

Author Bio
Mark Spoonauer
Mark Spoonauer, LAPTOP Editor in Chief
Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
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  • Nick Cooper Says:

    It is now Nov 2016. I guess the prediction by Thorsten Heins is pretty well spot on.

  • Alex Says:

    Of course you can call these horrible predictions in retrospect. I think the more important fact to take from this article is that the predictions should have been right. Tablets are stupid... smartphones are stupid, and people are stupid that buy them. Its totally counterintuitive that one must upgrade a phone every two years. ... or buy a tablet that has NO KEYBOARD and then buy a KEYBOARD. Marketing and dumb culture propagate this technology which does very little to make us any more productive. It ultimately causes people to be sheep and look down at their phones habitually and rudely at every opportunity. It causes people to lose track of what is more important...the Life that is right in front of your eyes... not the digital world.

  • Gary J. Bivin Says:

    These recent prediction fails pale in comparison with some of the even more spectacular misstatements in the past:


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