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As a blind kid, I never imagined technology would one day threaten to block my participation in the world. When I first heard the words "that's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" on the radio, I knew that if technology could send man to the moon, it could also make it possible for me to do the things I wanted to do to fully participate in society.

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.

As a blind kid, I never imagined technology would one day threaten to block my participation in the world. When I first heard the words "that's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" on the radio, I knew that if technology could send man to the moon, it could also make it possible for me to do the things I wanted to do to fully participate in society.