What Assumptions Are We Making? Published 2007-05-21 under

Take a look at the following statements:

  • "I think there is a world market for about five computers." (Thomas Watson, founder of IBM)
  • "Everything that can be invented has been invented." (Charles Duell, Commissioner, US Office of Patents, 1899)
  • "There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will." (Albert Einstein)
  • "The phonograph is not of any commercial value." (Thomas Edison)
  • "Man will not fly for 50 years." (Wilbur Wright, 1903)
  • "640K ought to be enough for anybody." (Bill Gates)
  • "With over 50 foreign cars on sale here, the Japanese auto industry isn't likely to carve out a big slice of the U.S. market for itself." (Business Week, 1968)
  • "I don't need body guards." (Jimmy Hoffa)

I wonder what assumptions we are making regarding education.