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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.

With the slow but eventual death of Mazda's RX-8 in 2012, the Wankel rotary engine fell out of use in road-going production cars. Despite its incredibly simple design -- with just three moving parts -- it had developed a reputation for being unreliable, oil-burning and fuel-hungry. But a new report out of Japan suggests the rotary, loved by enthusiasts for its distinctive brap-brap sound and driveability, might make a return -- in a new Mazda RX-9 at the beginning of the next decade.