Top 10 bad tech predictions

Bad tech predictions top 10 listFrom a record label once rejecting the Beatles because “guitar music is on its way out” to cult leaders raving about the apocalypse every few years, history is full of unfulfilled predictions. Technology, prone as it is to so many unforeseen developments and challenges, is certainly no exception. Try as they might, even the most informed speculators find it hard to predict what engineers will accomplish — even within a decade.

Fortunately, their best attempts often wind up to be pretty good fodder for a laugh in retrospect. While some of the most well-cited quotes have been chalked up as mere urban legends (like Bill Gates predicting that no one would ever need more than 640K of memory), we flipped back through the pages of history to dig up some of the most profoundly misguided tech predictions the world has ever known, from people who really should have known better.

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Emerging Tech

Geoengineering is risky and unproven, but soon it might be necessary

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The holy grail of robotics: Inside the quest to build a mechanical human hand

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How a clever photography trick is bringing Seattle’s shipwrecks to the surface

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Features

The man, the GIF, the legend: An interview with Giphy founder Alex Chung

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Smart Home

The world is switching to eco-friendlier fridges and A/Cs, leaving the U.S. behind

If you live in the U.S., there’s a good chance that your refrigerator uses HFC refrigerants, which emit a lot of greenhouse gases. Hydrocarbon alternatives exist, but what will it take to make the switch?
Movies & TV

HBO and Game of Thrones should learn a lesson from Netflix and Stranger Things

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Movies & TV

You’re doing it wrong! Here’s the perfect way to watch the Star Wars films

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Features

Tim Willits talks Doom’s influence on Rage 2 and why there are no sniper rifles

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Gaming

Schell Games has bucked game industry layoffs for 16 years. Here’s their secret

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Gaming

Minecraft Earth hands-on preview: The next big AR craze Is coming

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Mobile

How does fast charging work? Here’s every single standard compared

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Gaming

Borderlands might be influential but you’ll want to Catch a Ride to the sequel

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Gaming

Alexey Pajitnov still hasn’t mastered Tetris, the game he invented 35 years ago

Tetris first fell into the hands of players in 1984 and still has the attention of players almost 35 years later. We caught up with creator Alexey Pajitnov to find out how he feels about the game today.
Features

From GoPro to Lenovo, Trump tariffs would have raised prices on tech from Mexico

While the Trump Administration's efforts to place tariffs on Chinese exports to the U.S. have obvious consequences for American businesses and consumers, Trump's Mexico tariffs might have a much more immediate and significant effect.
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