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Emails and text messages go off half-cocked all the time, whether it's a sensitive work message on which you unintentionally copied the whole company in on, or — as in Peter Dutton's recent stuff-up — a ranty text message that went to the target of your ire rather than to a crony.

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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We’ve all been there. The presenter is about to begin, but then disaster strikes: the computer technology fails. Perhaps the computer has fallen asleep, the data projector is using the wrong input, or the mouse clicker has run out of juice.

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It's Back To The Future Day! For non-cinephiles, this is the date when a teenage Marty McFly traveled to the far-flung "future" of 21 October, 2015 in a Delorean time machine. (The film came out in 1989, y'see.) If you plan on socialising today, this movie is almost sure to come up, along with a discussion of all the tech predictions it got right. Bluff your way through with this handy primer.