There’s a legend in computing history that Bill Gates once said, “640k ought to be enough for anybody” while describing the RAM limit of the IBM PC at a trade show in 1981.

This quote is often referenced as shortsighted and makes for a perfect snarky Twitter reply. There’s a similarly uncorroborated quote for Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, stating in 1943, “I believe there’s a world market for maybe 5 computers".

People love to throw around these quotes as examples of poor foresight and as a check on one’s humility towards the unbelievable technological changes that happen in short…

James Pulec

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