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The iPhone will never catch on and other terrible tech predictions

Tuesday - 8/13/2013, 8:41am  ET

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Five years ago Steve Ballmer of Microsoft predicted 'there's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance.' It now owns 42 percent of the U.S. smartphone market. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON - A crystal ball might be more helpful in predicting the future than the prophecies of some so-called experts when it comes to forecasting the path of technology.

Laptopmag.com has come up with a list of what it calls the worst tech predictions of all time.

Love your iPhone? Consider that 5 years ago Steve Ballmer of Microsoft predicted "there's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance."

Right now the iPhone owns 42 percent of the U.S. smartphone market.

Here's a real beaut. Back in 1977, Ken Olsen, president and founder of now defunct Digitial Equipment Corp., told the World Future Society, "There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."

And if World War I ace Eddie Rickenbacker was correct in 1924, today's rush hour traffic jams would be in the skies, not on the highways. Rickenbacker predicted we would all be in flying cars by 1944.

Those aren't the only terrible tech predictions. Learn more by visiting the Laptop blog.

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