20 Expert Predictions That Were Completely Wrong


How many photocopiers have you seen in your life? Probably more than IBM thought anyone would see. In 1959, IBM told Xerox that “the world potential market for copying machines is 5,000 at most.” They just didn’t think the demand for such a thing was high enough.

HG Wells

The man who wrote such imaginative and scientific wonders of fiction like “The Invisible Man”, “The Time Machine”, and “The Island of Dr. Moreau” just could not wrap his mind around submarines. In 1901, Wells stated “I must confess that my imagination refuses to see any sort of submarine doing anything but suffocating its crew and floundering at sea.”

Napoleon Bonaparte

In the 1800s, a steamboat must have seemed like a strange concept, but French conqueror Napoleon Bonaparte went a step further, saying “How, sir, would you make a ship sail against the wind and currents by lighting a bonfire under her deck? I pray you, excuse me, I have not the time to listen to such nonsense.”


The 247 airplane is a twin engine plane that holds about ten people. After the first flight of the first 247 was successfully completed, a Boeing engineer reportedly said “There will never be a bigger plane built.”