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Famous Last Words in Technology

Below are ten statements made in the past about modern technology. Can you guess in which decade each statement was made?

Points available: 10

1:

"Computers may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."

2:

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."

3:

"Everything that can be invented has been invented."

4:

"There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable."

5:

"With over 50 foreign cars already on sale here, the Japanese auto industry isn't likely to carve out a big slice of the US market."

6:

"This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication."

7:

"Radio has no future. Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible. X-rays will prove to be a hoax."

8:

"The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?"

9:

"Who wants to hear actors talk?"

10:

"The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon."

 

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