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Managers at the Hanford Site in Washington State told workers to "take cover" Tuesday morning local time after a tunnel leading to a massive plutonium finishing plant collapsed. The emergency is especially worrisome, since Hanford is commonly known as "the most toxic place in America", with one former governor calling it "an underground Chernobyl waiting to happen". Worrisome might actually be an understatement. An emergency has been declared.

Have you ever seen the 1983 TV-movie The Day After? It's bleak as hell, to say the least. It was a media event, with untold numbers of Americans dying in the film after a tit-for-tat nuclear war with the Soviet Union. But curiously, President Ronald Reagan thought that it validated everything about his get-tough nuclear policy with the Soviets.

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.