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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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A key tenet of cloud computing is that you don't need to worry about the fine details of the services; that's the provider's responsibility. But many companies and individuals get nervous at the thought of vital business data and processes being stored and managed overseas.

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"Father of the Internet" Vint Cerf reckonsreckons that cloud computing is great, but that it needs standards for systems to communicate. Sendmail pioneer Eric Allman argues that too many people fail to realise that cloud computing involves a return to computing approaches from decades ago.

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Loads of people tuned in for our special TechLines discussion on the future of email a fortnight ago, but if you couldn't find the time, here's the edited version of the live broadcast, compressing all the insight from our expert panel into half-an-hour of insights into the future of email and workplace communications. Don't miss it!