IoT - The end of the internet

Mel Beckman mel at
Wed Aug 10 03:06:55 UTC 2022

LOL! You’re not the first person to underestimate the resilience of the Internet:

“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” – Ken Olsen, CEO of Digital Equipment Corporation (now defunct), 1977

"I see little commercial potential for the internet for the next 10 years," Bill Gates Comdex 1994.

27 February 1995, Newsweek magazine, quoting astronomer Clifford Stoll:

“The truth is no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher and no computer network will change the way government works. How about electronic publishing? Try reading a book on disc.  Yet Nicholas Negroponte, director of the MIT Media Lab, predicts that we’ll soon buy books and newspapers straight over the Intenet. Uh, sure.”

(17 years later, Newsweek ceased print publication and became exclusively available online).

Robert Metcalfe, InfoWorld columnist and the inventor of Ethernet, also in 1995:

 “I predict the Internet will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse.”

Clifford Stoll 1998: “We’re promised instant catalog shopping–just point and click for great deals. We’ll order airline tickets over the network, make restaurant reservations and negotiate sales contracts. Stores will become obsolete. So how come my local mall does more business in an afternoon than the entire Internet handles in a month?”

Of course, it’s not all cake and roses:

“Two years from now, spam will be solved.” – Bill Gates (2004)


On Aug 9, 2022, at 7:24 PM, Christopher Wolff <chris at> wrote:

Hi folks,

Has anyone proposed that the adoption of billions of IoT devices will ultimately ‘break’ the Internet?

It’s not a rhetorical question I promise, just looking for a journal or other scholarly article that implies that the Internet is doomed.

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