Being Dead Wrong
I like to think that I have a great intuition and am very good at predicting things. I also sometimes feel that I suffer from the Cassandra syndrome, as people don’t listen to my prediction as much as I would like them to.
This made me think about the times when I made ridiculously bad predictions. Here’s a list of what comes to mind off the bat:
1. When I was young I thought that programmers will soon write a computer program for writing computer programs, and that computer programming as a profession does not have much of a future.
2. I thought that architectural drawings will always have to be done by hand, as you can’t print out plans on dot matrix printers (the only printers I’ve seen at the time). I thought, sure, you can program some straight lines and such, but you’ll never get beautiful detailed drawings with all kinds of details.
3. I thought that Handspring would become the dominant player on the handheld market the same way that IBM did: by opening up the peripheral standards.
5. I thought that Apple would just shrivel up and die, and if not, that I would certainly never completely switch to Macs.
Whewww, man. Those are some doozies. How about you, my readers?