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The lead up to June 30 means doing a lot of things you wouldn't normally do. You rummage for receipts, you use a calculator for the first time since year 12 and for one in five uninsured Australians, you start to think about the tax benefits of private health insurance.

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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Bill Gates is famous for being the founder of Microsoft, but arguably he should be even more famous for his philanthropic work. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given more than $US28 billion to projects and research designed to help the poor and needy since 2000. This is why Gates and his fellow cash-loaded geeks do it -- and why you should too.