Thursday, April 06, 2006

87 predictions of the future

"A rocket will never be able to leave the Earth's atmosphere." - New York Times 1936

"Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible." - Lord Kelvin, British mathematician and physicist, president of the British Royal Society, 1895.

"The ordinary "horseless carriage" is at present a luxury for the wealthy; and although its price will probably fall in the future, it will never, of course, come into as common use as the bicycle." - Literary Digest, 1899.

"Everyone acquainted with the subject will recognize it as a conspicuous failure." - Henry Morton, president of the Stevens Institute of Technology, on Edison's light bulb, 1880.

"To place a man in a multi-stage rocket and project him into the controlling gravitational field of the moon where the passengers can make scientific observations, perhaps land alive, and then return to earth - all that constitutes a wild dream worthy of Jules Verne. I am bold enough to say that such a man-made voyage will never occur regardless of all future advances." - Lee DeForest, American radio pioneer and inventor of the vacuum tube, in 1926

What is the point of blogging about this story? My point is that if someone says something cannot be done, it may well be someone else's dream to do so and they will do it. They say we will never break the speed of light, or that we cannot create artificial gravity, or that nanotechnology will never be feasible. They say we will never become interstellar travellers. Who says such things? The people that say this sort of "I can't" or "it won't work" statements are what we today consider societies brightest minds. Just like people did in the times mentioned above. Scholars, people looked to for answers, and the brightest of the bunch.

The people that change the world, and accomplish their dreams, and actually do something previously thought not possible are the ones who say "I can" and don't let someone stop them in their tracks. To chase a dream is to advance humanity and to advance yourself. We should chase our dreams, and not let anyone get in the way of that no matter how educated or high they are in stature. It is often the under dog, or the discouraged one who breaks the barriers set by repugnant and embittered or soured naysayers.

Sometimes, we even get in our own way, as Wilber did....
"Man will not fly for 50 years."
Wilbur Wright, American aviation pioneer, to brother Orville, after a disappointing flying experiment, 1901, their first successful flight was in 1903.

Or, Margaret Thatcher.
"It will be years - not in my time - before a woman will become Prime Minister."
Margaret Thatcher, future Prime Minister, October 26th, 1969.

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