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In what's becoming a depressing genre, The Wall Street Journal published a story profiling the very human moderators who prevent the internet from becoming a completely murder-filled terror and abuse machine. Usually hired as contractors, these workers do the dirty work of reviewing flagged posts for internet giants, spending their days plugged into a non-stop feed of graphic violence, child pornography, animal abuse, and terrorism. In return, they say they're often left with lasting psychological damage, including PTSD, for low wages and limited counseling - if they're given any healthcare resources at all.

YouTube is famously terrible at announcing site changes, and the upcoming rollout of its "community" features are thus far no different. Today it created a program to enlist users as moderators, and it's bound to be a goddamn mess.

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.