Saturday, March 26, 2016

Famous bad predictions. Noyce to Kildall: "the future is in digital watches, not in computer games."

The quote is taken from page 406 of the book by Harold Evans, They Made America Great. Little Brown, 2004.

The chapter on Kildall gives us another example of someone who functioned as a sole inventor (albeit with some help from collaborators, such as Jack Torode ).

As Evans writes: "He was the first person to realize that Intel's
microprocessors could be used to build...small personal computers."

Kildall wrote the first language for a microcomputer operating system and
the first floppy disk operating system before there was even a microcomputer,
months before there was an Apple, years before IBM launched a personal computer (page 402)


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