Last week, rocket startup Rocket Lab launched a 91cm-wide mirror ball into orbit. Called "Humanity Star", it's supposed to remind us that we're all puny specks of dust living in the terrifying vastness of the Universe. Some astronomers have spoken out about the stunt, claiming the sparkly object will interfere with their work -- one even compared the abusiveness of the act to sticking "a big flashing strobe-light on a polar bear". That's an overstatement, but the bigger problem is the precedent this otherwise useless satellite creates.
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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.