Famously Incorrect Tech Predictions

In some cases, technological advances have been predicted with bizarre accuracy. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy foreshadowed touchscreen smartphones, Back to The Future had hoverboards, flying cars and self-tying laces, Star Trek anticipated 3D Printers, and 2001: A Space Odyssey almost perfectly depicted modern tablets.

Other times, predictions have been really, really wrong. Here are a few of our favourite famous incorrect predictions about technology:

On space exploration
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– The Tuscaloose News, September 1963

On iphones

On Airplanes
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– “Flying Machines Which Do Not Fly,” October 9, 1903

On technology rendering war obsolete:
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What Technology Wants, Kevin Kelly

On personal computers
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– The New York Times, 1985

For more incorrect predictions, click here, here or here.

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Sarah Bezeau
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