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Doppler Labs emerged four years ago as a rare breed in the startup world. It had an original idea - putting a computer in everyone's ear and allowing them to control the sound of their world - and it was ambitious without forcing snake oil down people's throats. On Wednesday, the company announced that it was going out of business.

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.