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Video: In 2001 and 2002, BMW made a series of short films to promote its performance cars -- like the barnstorming E39 M5 and the Z3 Roadster. If you're any kind of car nut, you'll have seen them. Now, 15 years later, BMW is doing the same thing again, but with a new fleet of cars and an even larger budget.

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.