Friday, November 19, 2004

When Experts Speak

Dear Mouse,

Expectorants’ blog entitled THIS DAY in 1954 shows a picture of a model of how a home computer would look like in 2004. It was using PREM FORTRAN RARA language.hehehe

Do you know that so many people called experts doubted the viability and demand for Computer.?

In 1852 , Sir George Bidell Airy, K.C.B., M.A.,LL.D.,D.C.L.,F.R.S.,F.R.A.S. (sandali hingal,haba ng titulo nito…wala bang DSL?.)the Astronomer Royal of Great Britain estimating for the Chancellor of the Exchequer of the potential value of the “analytical engine” invented by Charles Babbage, had only one word for the forerunner of computer.

WORTHLESS.

(Ay taray!!!!).

source: The Autobiography of George Bidell (Cambridge, England:Cambridge University Press,(1896),p.152

As a result of this Airy’s expert opinion, the British government stopped the funding of Babbage’s experiment.

The brilliance of Babbage’s design was eventually recognized and this English mathematician was hailed as inventor of the computer.

Thomas Watson, Chairman of the Board of IBM (International Business Machines)was quoted to have said in 1943:

“I think there is a world market for five computers.”

Said the Editor-in-charge of business books of Prentice-Hall in response to Karl Karlstrom who had recommended a manuscript on the new science of data processing in 1957.

“I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and have talked with the best people in business administration, I can assure you on the highest authority that data processing is a fad and won’t last out the year.”

“There is no reason for any individual to have a computer at home"

---Ken Olson (President of Digital Equipment Corporation) in the Convention of World Future Society in Boston-1977.

It was only in 1982 when over a million of computers were already installed in American homes and offices when the DEC launched its microcopmputers.

Experts? Leave me alone.

The Ca t

2 Comments:

At 2:04 PM, Blogger rolly said...

This only proves that all those titles can be worthless, too. That is why I admire Alvin Toffler very much. He never fails to read the times and what it would bring in the future.

 
At 6:17 PM, Blogger R. O. said...

But Tito ROlly, even Toffler failed to foresee the effect of abusing the environment. Experts? Expert advice? Pasintabi kay Dr. Emer, but i'd say, think twice!

 

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