Conventional wisdom says that one will never know what will happen (in the future), that we face uncertainties down the road; it also tells us that compared to the future, we know much more of what had happened in the past. But I beg to differ.
I could argue that it is actually easier to predict the future with a high level of certainty than to know what events had unveiled in the past arising the present.
For example, if it is said that the answer to an equation is , we can never quite know whether it was or ; even if some of the operands were known, there are still quite many possible equations that gives the answer . Conversely, if in the present we set the operands to it will always equal . In fact predicting the future and pre-setting the future is what we do on a daily basis, especially in science and engineering.
The problem with being certain about the past is that it requires us to be certain about the number of pieces that makes up the present, but that is not an easy task at all as we cannot logically proof that there is no coin in the room when we only cannot not find a coin.
Well, as always, conventional wisdom contradicts each other, the future is indeed in our hands.