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Today, NASA reminded the world it will soon be performing the ultimate act of wish fulfilment on behalf of all humanity: In winter 2018, the space agency plans to launch a probe right into the Sun's atmosphere. While the mission will sadly not be crewed, the 3m-high Solar Probe Plus, now officially the Parker Solar Probe, will get closer than any of us will to the hot ball of gas -- and death.

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.