Monday, October 23, 2006

Thinking positive

This has nothing to do with Ukrainian music whatsoever, but ...

This morning I came across the three laws of prediction by the novelist who wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey, and just had to share.
  1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
  2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
  3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
The first one in particular makes me realize that there will always be naysayers around, and that if you let them, they will hold you back.

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.

"The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?" -David Sarnoff's associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s.

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." - Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977

"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out." -Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.

More examples here ... if you're in the mood for a chuckle!

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