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When my wife and I decided to become parents together, I was prepared to discuss our family with adults. As a queer woman, I've had to continually "come out" and explain who I am for years -- every new job or move has been a cause to tell new coworkers that I am not, in fact, heterosexual. What I was less prepared for was talking about my queer family with children. I thought it would be several years before I would need to explain my family to kids, and surely by that time, I'd be ready.

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I knew even before I had a daughter that I was going to raise her to laugh in the face of sexist stereotypes, to be whoever she wanted to be and to do her part in keeping the world safe for others to do the same. And then we got the ultrasound and it turned out I was having a boy.

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.