Predictions about technology are notoriously tough to make. Still, the experts and visionaries often get it right — but when they don’t, they get it colossally wrong. Here are some of history’s most famously bungled insights made by tech giants and industry bigwigs, as rounded-up by Scientific American.
Some people may think climate change is just a myth, but there’s no arguing with this: NASA scientists say the earth’s surface temperature in 2011 was the ninth warmest since 1880. What’s more, nine of the 10 warmest years in modern recorded history have occurred since the year 2000.
As rescuers continue to search for survivors on the Costa Concordia cruise ship five days after it slammed into rocks off Italy’s Tuscan coast, new audio between the ship’s captain and a member of the Italian Coast Guard has surfaced, giving the European country its newest — and most unintentional — celebrity.
On Tuesday, we told you about some of the sites — Wikipedia, Reddit and the Cheezburger network among them — that planned to go dark today in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), anti-piracy legislation under consideration by the US Congress.
They weren’t the only stops on the internet to take a stand — here’s a roundup of some of the most prominent peaceful protestors.
Retailers reported robust numbers on Black Friday last year, which surprised some analysts because the economy is still struggling and unemployment is high. But new data from the Federal Reserve shows where much of that money came from: credit cards.
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