Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Off The Mark Prediction

"This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication."

Western Union internal memo, 1876
(Western Union sent its last telegram in 2006)


Um...


...methinks Western Union might have been wrong.

What do you think is in the future for phones?

30 comments:

  1. They were wrong but I have to say telegrams were much more dramatic than phone calls!!

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    1. They sure were. But like all good things...they came to an end.

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    1. Sure is. I think it's best to say very little about inventions. You just never know.

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  3. imagine that lol wow future phones, how about none, and we can communicate as telepath with object inserted in brain...the possibilities are endless good one girl

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    1. I wouldn't be surprised Lorraine. Nothing would surprise me!

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  4. Ha wow, reminds me of some of the things that were said about the impossibility of human flight.

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    1. I know! I always say anything is possible. You just never know.

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  5. I agree with Francie -- telegrams always made a splash. I remember when it was the custom at wedding receptions to read out all the telegrams containing good wishes for the happy couple from people who were unable to attend. Man, that seems like a million years ago now, LOL! Oh wait, it was.

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    1. Hahahaha! Sometimes I stop and think "holy frippin' moly"...where the heck did all that time go?

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  6. LOL. If they only knew how phones would "rule the world" in time.

    betty

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  7. If only he could've seen ahead to the future and all of us glued to our smartphones.

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    1. I know, right? Perhaps that's not exactly what he envisioned.

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  8. I kinda want to go back to phones like that red one. I don't like all these trendy gadgets and can't for the life of me figure them out.

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    1. I wouldn't mind either, Robyn. Simpler times. And none of this texting addiction!

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  9. So funny! My kids love to look at those "old timey" phones as they call them.

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    1. Oh yes. They call the stuff we used to enjoy old and yet I see some of them coming back. Like vinyl records!

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  10. I think phones are on there way out. My daughter is 17 and hates the phone. She uses Skype and FaceTime and instant messaging.

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    1. Anything is possible, Birdie. I'm not sure what the next big thing will be but there'll definitely be something else.

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  11. obviously they were afraid

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  12. It looks like more and more phones are developed in shorter times. I look at these and say what else could they do, but they will keep coming up with new phones.

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    1. They change them much too often. So much waste in this world.

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  13. The telegram had it's special place for many but I so preferred the telephone!
    What would we ever do without it?

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    1. I know what you mean, Jim. I also love that computers came along.

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  14. Is the jury still out on that one?

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    1. Hmmm...my guess is that they've come back with a ruling :)

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