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Microsoft has filed a bunch of patents for devices that tap into your brain functions to allow you to control your computer. Form moving objects on a screen, to modifying an applications state to changing the user interface, these patents, which were filed over the last year or so, have just been published and point to a future where manual control a device will seem completely foreign.

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For the last 18 years, Amazon has benefited from the ludicrousness of the US patent system. While the idea of 1-Click online checkouts wasn't new back in the 90s, they were smart enough to patent the concept and enforce their rights as the patent holder.

As a result, anyone using a 1-Click checkout system has been paying them a royalty. That enforcement made barnesandnoble.com change their old 1-Click process to add more steps rather than pay the fee. But that patent expires today.

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.