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Parents Will One Day Rely On Robot-Nannies, Says Futurist Faith Popcorn

Faith Popcorn’s BrainReserve has forecast the future for companies including IBM, Bayer and American Express. Her hits include predicting the “cocooning” trend, the penchant for Americans to spend time and money at home. “It’s going to be on my gravestone: ‘Here she lies cocooned,’ ” Ms. Popcorn, 67, said with a chuckle the other day in her Midtown office decorated with a gleaming white conference table and potted purple orchids. She was more circumspect about her mistakes. “A lot of things I’ve predicted,” she said confidently, “didn’t happen yet.”

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