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By now, you may have seen the incredible pictures of the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope or FAST, an enormous telescope in the Guizhou province of China that just turned on last year. You've also probably heard that, yes, many hope it will find signs of alien life. It's already beginning to make discoveries.

Fast radio bursts are split-second intergalactic blips of radio waves we've detected over the last decade. You'd think that if we pointed our telescopes and other space cameras in the direction these bursts came from, we'd spot something else, too. But to date, we have nothing -- just radio waves.

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.