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On the afternoon of one of the hottest days this year so far, Sydney's inner west has just gone dark. 11,000 homes are without power, and salvation isn't expected until later tonight. It's not a planned outage caused by excess load, though -- the problem is with the local network in the area.

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.

Yesterday evening, South Australia suffered through a massive state-wide blackout. If you were caught in it, you might have been caught unawares -- without a light source, batteries, and a way of keeping your phone charged. Here are five things you can do to make sure you and your property are ready for the next blackout that happens.