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Seismic retrofitting is a major endeavour that requires bracing and bolting an older building to its foundation so it doesn't shake apart in an earthquake. But depending on a building's age and what materials it's made of, a traditional retrofit has the potential to destroy a structure in a different way -- aesthetically. A Japanese company believes strings of carbon fibre could solve this problem, so it wrapped them around its headquarters to demonstrate how this might work.

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.

Seismic retrofitting is a major endeavour that requires bracing and bolting an older building to its foundation so it doesn't shake apart in an earthquake. But depending on a building's age and what materials it's made of, a traditional retrofit has the potential to destroy a structure in a different way -- aesthetically. A Japanese company believes strings of carbon fibre could solve this problem, so it wrapped them around its headquarters to demonstrate how this might work.