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At the end of 2011 I made a number of predictions for you. I wrote: "2012 will be a big year for inventions. There will be a six pack of brilliant inventions by six geniuses -- all will be gadgets/machines/devices/gimmicks that nobody needs." It has been said that necessity is the mother of invention. I would amend that to read necessity is the mother of useful invention, but the mother of worthless invention is whimsy (or too much time on somebody's hands).

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