#9 – #11: “Computers are Too Slow”
Yep, I’m cheating. Cramming the last three reasons into one. But I have my reasons. As you’ve likely figured out, the “11 reasons not to make an IMAX art film in your basement” are basically just the list of challenges. In fact, they are almost just the voice of naysayers. People can always give reasons not to do something and make predictions about what is possible or impossible.
Of course, the big reason that ran through my mind in 2006/7 when I considered making the film was the obvious technical issue – “Computers are too slow, to limited to handle something”. But I quickly remembered the basic truth about technology. What’s impossible today is not going to be impossible tomorrow. So I close out my list with three famous reasons that making an IMAX film in a basement, on home built computers should have never happened according to three of the founders of the modern computer age.
My personal fave is #11 – pure genius.
I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.
Thomas Watson, president of IBM, 1943
Almost all of the many predictions now being made about 1996 hinge on the Internet’s continuing exponential growth. But I predict the Internet will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse.
Robert Metcalfe, founder of 3Com, 1995
There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.
Ken Olsen, founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977