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When the US Girl Scouts put out a pre-holiday reminder to parents that their daughters don't owe anyone a hug, even at the holidays, it was taken as a sign of the (dismal) times. "At a time when issues of sexual harassment and consent are in the news," began the CNN story on the piece.

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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Upon hearing the news of abuse and sexual harassment by men in power like Harvey Weinstein (and Bill Cosby and Donald Trump and all those who still go unnamed), it's becoming common to respond with a sort of resigned outrage. A couple of days ago, Mayim Bialik penned a piece in her online community GrokNation about how she wasn't surprised to hear of the Weinstein allegations, writing, "It is my assumption, sadly, that this is just what happens all of the time." This is what power and patriarchy look like, she says, and it sucks.