The future, as a concept, was born in ancient Mesopotamia, when people began studying the heavens for clues to impending events. These days, certain New Age seers who study the Mayan “Long Count” calendar have concluded that time’s current cycle is due to end on Dec. 21, 2012.But most of us look at time as a linear continuum, and we expect the future to be different than the present. Some even believe the future will not merely be different–it will be better.Hahaha!!
Read a little more about the history of the future at Forbes.com