It is said that “the past is another country” – but they might well add “the future is another galaxy.” I.e., we all know they exist, but have no idea what they are like.
The problem with prediction is that mistakes are EXPONENTIAL. That is to say, once theorised, the errors then MULTIPLY.
Thus you can be fairly precise looking a few years ahead – but the further you go, the more out of wack you become.
Like, the 1936 film of HG Wells’ “The Shape Of Things To Come” begins reasonably accurately; WW2 (in Europe) kicks off in 1940, as opposed to late 1939.
However from that point on, it falls apart. The war continues to the SIXTIES, with giant bombers featuring several PROPS on each wing – in the mid-Thirties, the JET engine and RADAR were still on the drawing board.
And while “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968) had Arthur C Clarke on board, it featured human hibernation and a giant space station, with a gravity wheel – neither of which have happened, 14 years later.
He never foresaw the US government’s disenchantment with space research, once they had beaten Russia to the Moon.
Plus little details like “BBC 12” – Auntie only has four channels today – and thanks largely to Lockerbie, Pan-Am went belly-up in 1991.
So be satisfied with the PRESENT – the future is utterly incalculable.