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You are going to find yourself idling on a fine website like Gizmodo or wandering through some store like Target or Best Buy, and you are going to remember you need to buy a gift for a loved one. You are going to remember, one time, that they said they were feeling unhealthy and wanted a Fitbit. You are going to try to buy them one because the fitness tracker starts at just $80 and that is affordable.

I lose things. Lots and lots of things - my keys (in the couch), my jackets (inside taxis). Once I left my MacBook behind in a Subway restaurant during the Occupy Wall Street protests. I was lucky; the next morning I found it sitting there untouched underneath a chair as the staff served breakfast. I'll admit it: When it comes to keeping track of my stuff, I could use some help. But dearest friends, family, and coworkers, whatever you're thinking, do not buy me a Tile.

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.

If you'd like to gift your loved ones the chance of unwittingly sharing extremely sensitive personal information, then a DNA testing kit may be the perfect stocking stuffer-sized present. But if you'd rather not have your mum or dad or girlfriend send away private health information with a tube of their spittle, we'd strongly suggest something else.

Listen to me, no one needs a robovac of any kind. Whether it's a Roomba, an EcoVac, or a cheap Anker like what I have - they're nothing more than infant-sized metal-and plastic turds that push small piles of dirt around and scream when they cannot figure out what "rugs" are. They are inefficient, wasteful annoyances that enable laziness and poor cleaning habits.