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This really isn't that hard, people. Just last year, Snapchat apologised for adding an offensive Bob Marley selfie filter to its stable. Now, FaceApp -- the silly photo editor you probably downloaded in March and totally forgot about -- has outdone Snapchat by throwing in options for people to virtually switch between multiple races. No. Don't do this.

Over the past few weeks, Facebook and Instagram feeds have been flooded with creepily realistic facial transformations produced by "FaceApp", a free app for iOS and Android whose filters add smiles to photos, alter faces to make them older or younger, and even make them "male" or "female". The app's startling believability is made possible by neural networks, a kind of artificial intelligence where a computer learns by analysing thousands, sometimes even millions of example images with known traits.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.