Who knows the future?

January 26, 2012 | 3 comments

I chuckled when I read the below predictions and observations by experts in their respective fields.  Anyone trying to divine the future from current evidence of the senses is liable to miss the mark enormously.

With divine Mind, all things are possible.

It’s safer to reason out from what is possible with God and then expectantly see what happens, than to draw a material conclusion that locks out greater possibilities.

“Man will never reach the Moon regardless of all future scientific advances.”


~ Dr. Lee DeForest, “Father of Radio & Grandfather of Television.”
“Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.”
~ Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949
“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”
~ Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943
“I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won’t last out the year.”
~ The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957
“But what is it good for?”
~ Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip.
“640K ought to be enough for anybody.”
~ Bill Gates, 1981
“This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication.  The device is inherently of no value to us.”
~ Western Union internal memo, 1876


3 thoughts on “Who knows the future?”

  1. I like those who have imagination and gumption enough to say to the naysayers, “Oh, yeah, you wanna bet? Well, I’m gonna PROVE you wrong.”

    I can picture God snickering as He thinks: “I’m gonna prove those doom-and-gloomers WRONG!” 🙂

  2. A great reminder not to get wrapped up in worry and trying to make our own predictions about the future. Thank you, Evan.

  3. And then there were my parents who commented: “The Beatles? In five years nobody will have even heard of them.”

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