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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.

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Handing someone your business card does not mean you will be added to their contacts. After all, digital contacts are available on every device, which makes it easy for others to get in touch with you. Here's how to go beyond paper cards and get into someone's real contacts list.

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Looking to do a little professional networking? A business card can help, but quotes from local printing places often seem pricey. Thankfully, there are plenty of sites that print high-quality custom business cards without busting your wallet in the process. Here's a look at five of the best, based on your nominations.

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Business cards have long been the way we've shared our professional contact information with others, but thanks to the internet and smartphone apps their importance is dying out. It may be time to let go of the printed business card and put our focus on newer, more relevant tools.

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Android: Today's update to Google Goggles brings improved business card recognition to the search-by-photo app, streamlining the process of converting a colleague's business card into a digital contact. Goggles had biz card recognition previously, but it has gotten much better at turning cards to contacts since we first mentioned the feature.

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Business cards are meant to be a statement as much as a means for people to get in touch with you. Author and publisher CJ Chilvers recommends using blank business cards to personalise on demand, creating a more powerful and unique impression.

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Android: You go to a conference, you get about 40 business cards, and, well, maybe you remember to go through each and every one and add their details to your contacts. Or you fire up CamCard on Android, snap a picture, and have its text quickly transcribed and entered into your contacts.

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While it has been quite some time since anyone has placed gilded calling cards into the hands of waiting butlers when calling upon the home of an acquaintance, the use of social calling cards has become more popular. In their modern incarnation, calling cards offer an alternative to the dry formality of a business card. The Art Of Manliness blog says:

During the heyday of calling cards, using a business card for a social purpose was considered bad manners. Today, while business cards are great for making business contacts, they still aren't really suited for social situations. They probably have your work number and work email, and not much else on them. Think of all the times you meet someone you'd like to see again. Handing them a business card is too stiff and formal. Ditto for simply having them put your digits into their phone.