“It will be an easy matter to convert a truckload of iron bars into virgin gold.”
Thomas Edison predicted alchemy would soon be perfected, proving the great American inventor had at least one lightbulb moment that didn’t burn so brightly.
“The coming of the wireless era will make war impossible, because it will make war ridiculous.”
Guglielmo Marconi hoped his wireless telegraph would end war because it enabled more open communication between nations.
“Computers in the future may have only 1000 vacuum tubes and perhaps weigh only 1.5 tons.”
Popular Mechanics magazine looked at a 30-ton calculator and dreamed of miniaturization.