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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.
Let's say you're new to web design, but you're intent on learning how to build a site from start to finish. It can be a lot of info to take in, but this interactive tool can at least help get you started with the design.
Windyty is a gorgeous weather map that is overlaid with current temperature conditions and wind patterns, and can be customised to show as much or as little weather information as you deem necessary. You can add cloud cover and precipitation, and there's even an Android app to take it all with you on the go.
There's no shortage of weather sites and webapps around the web that will show you weather conditions now or predicted ones in the future, but Ventusky is brand new, looks great and shows you current conditions on a live, always-updating map that you can drag around, click on or just search to explore.
Fake reviews are everywhere online. If you want to check whether a particular hotel's reviews are real before you book it, the Review Sceptic tool can help.
If you want a profile that stands out on social networks and dating sites, a memorable picture is essential. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology claims their new MemNet algorithm can predict how memorable your photos are nearly as accurately as a human, and you can test it out for yourself.
There's a lot of work that goes into laying out a beautiful home. Art can help jazz up the place, but the last thing you want is a nice print that clashes with your room's colour theme. ColorSearch can help.
Whether you're the person others always turn to for tech support or you'd like to learn how to really use sites like Facebook, Netflix, Spotify, and YouTube but don't just want to fumble around, Techboomers is a new service that has well-paced, guided lessons to each of those sites and their best features. Plus, it's all free.
You probably know about the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine, which lets you see how a given web page looked at different points in the past. The algorithm used to archive pages, however, is somewhat random. If there's a specific page you want to capture for posterity, you can submit it yourself.