Bold Predictions That Completely Bombed

The good people at BoingBoing recently noted the 15-year anniversary of astronomer Clifford Stoll's painfully inaccurate prediction that the Internet will fail. Stoll argued in a 1995 Newsweek story, "The truth is, no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher, and no computer network will change the way government works."

Fifteen years later, the newspaper industry is dying, people earn degrees online, and we read incredible facts about Chuck Norris.

Stoll is definitely not alone with his 1995 "howler," as he describes it. Check out this roster of other bold predictions that completely whiffed. We predict that you will be amused.

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ps921172836d ago

What goes up must come down.


young juice2836d ago

if whatever went up had unlimited porn in it.... it wont be comin down anytime soon.

HolyOrangeCows2836d ago

Blu-rays will never replace the DVD. The DVD has plenty of space to house movies, games, and information. Blu-ray discs are too expensive and will never take a significant part of the market.

See ya in a few years. lol

commodore642836d ago (Edited 2836d ago )

I partly agree
DVDs are dirt cheap. A burnable DVD costs <5 cents.

Blurays are, in comparison expensive.

In time, though, Blurays will become dirtcheap too.
I am predicting that this will start to happen when world internet speeds make physical mediums redundant.

I already have a steam account and most of my music resides on my hdd.
The CDs are sitting in the garage, collecting dust.
Thus the trend has already begun.

Consoldtobots2836d ago

so after all this time bluray is still dooooooomed huh?

lol you trolls are pathological.

HolyOrangeCows2836d ago (Edited 2836d ago )

Making it clear, I WAS being sarcastic.

I DO think Blu-ray will eventually overthrow the DVD. Once it becomes a bit cheaper and more people start going HD, I think it will see a quick rise.

WhittO2836d ago (Edited 2836d ago )

Ye its only a matter of time, now every single movie I see advertised releasing on DVD is on Blu-ray too.

Blu-rays are now as expensive as new DVDs were about 3 years ago (about £17), in another 3 years almost everyone will have a HD TV and by then blu-ray players will be down to £40-£50, so will want HD movies on it.

Next will be 3D, but that will be another 5+ years before it becomes as standard/popular as HDTVs.

AliTheBrit192836d ago

Actually thats true

Now before you flame me hear me out...

DVD Still takes up around 90% more market than Blu-Ray, probably more, and DVD still outsells Blu-Ray

Considering that Blu-Ray is the last physical media (next step is digital download) I fail to see how Blu-Ray can EVER "replace" DVD if they never get to a stage where they outsell DVD - Which they won't

DVD Replaced VHS when it continuously outsold VHS and became the standard, Blu-Ray has yet to come close to doing that.

n4gno2836d ago

Bluray is doing better than dvd in th same life cycle, just a fact.

they already are making billions with that, and bots are always acting if it would possibly fail in the future, so funny (they love to be ridiculous for ever "blurayyy is dooooomed"/"ps3 is doooomed"/ etc )

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coolcut1352836d ago

Internet Browser Flame wars !!!!!!!!!!!!


I doubt anyone that have knowledge about Browsers is supporting Internet Explorer.

They are between Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari etc.

ps921172836d ago

I am not sure what you mean, but if you are implying that the image use to represent the article was the IE logo, and that you prefer FireFox as your browser.

Well I chose that logo to represent the article because that logo is synonymous with the Internet as a whole. The internet being one of the things they refer to in the article. If you have anything better to suggest as the image for the article, well go ahead I will make sure to change it. I myself don't like the image.

eggbert2836d ago

firefox taking over IE as the #1 internet browser.

Also, early on many people were doubting firefox would ever catch on and that it would never be able to take users off IE.

ALFAxD_CENTAURO2836d ago (Edited 2836d ago )

"The truth is, no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher, and no computer network will change the way government works."


And like Bill Gates said:

''No one will need more than 637 kb of memory for a personal computer.''

And now DVD's are getting short of space.

TheTwelve2836d ago

"Sony should give up on the PS3" --- Gabe Newell, 2007.


ps921172836d ago

What? I don't think this has anything to do with console wars. It's being quite sometimes since I have gotten back to following game news, because of that I have lost interest in console wars.

I found this article while browsing "" which I am pretty sure had no interest in flaming any console.

Also, if you can browse back enough in my comment history you will find that I was more of a PS3 fanboy.

waltercross2836d ago

I Think TheTwelve was just making a point.

TheTwelve2836d ago

Indeed I was, Walter.


UnSelf2836d ago

"soon men are going to be superfulous"


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