Cybercriminals target Apple in 2016

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Date of prediction: 2015-12-11

Apple products are going to be targeted by cybercriminals in 2016, says the security industry according to a BBC report:

“According to security firm Symantec, the amount of malware aimed at Apple’s mobile operating system (iOS) has more than doubled this year, while threats to Mac computers also rose.

Security firm FireEye also expects 2016 to be a bumper year for Apple malware.”

(BBC: Cybercriminals will target Apple in 2016, say experts)

Did any cybersecurity firm ever assure us that anything would not be problem?

Year 1999 AD

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Date of prediction: 1967

The year 1999 as imagined in 1967:

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Trump not going to win

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Date of prediction: various (before election day)

Trump will win

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Date of prediction: 2016-10-19

Presidential prognosticator, Don Khoury, used an algorithm to analyze the body language of the U.S. presidential candidates during the three TV debates and predict who will win the election. His prediction according to Wicked Local:

“The eventual winner, according to Khoury, is Trump. Based on his algorithm, which measures a candidates’ body language, Trump swept all three presidential debates.

Khoury scored the final debate a 144-21 landslide in favor on Trump.”

Like all probabilistic prediction, however, this statement is irrefutable unless the election turns out really surprising, e.g., with a third candidate winning.

Donald Trump elected President of the United States

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Date of prediction: 2015-08-13

Scott Adams, of Dilbert fame, predicts that Donald Trump will become the next President of the United States:

“Now that Trump owns FOX, and I see how well his anchor trick works with the public, I’m going to predict he will be our next president. I think he will move to the center on social issues (already happening) and win against Clinton in a tight election.”

(Scott Adams, Clown Genius, via Fefe)

Adams believes superior persuasion tactics on Trump’s part will do the job.

2011 earthquake good for Japan

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Date of prediction: 2011-03-14

Nathan Gardels believes that in the long run, the 2011 earthquake will be good for Japan’s economy:

»A massive earthquake and tsunami have accomplished what Japan’s fiscal policy and central bank could not. Rebuilding a large swath of Japan will stimulate domestic growth and global demand, energy-efficient technologies, while helping to integrate China and Japan.
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The result of all the new wealth creation will be money in the pockets of Japanese to buy global goods and services.«

(The Cristian Science Monitor: The silver lining of Japan’s earthquake)

1981’s pretty accurate prediction of today’s cybercrime

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Year of prediction: 1981

Follow this link to see how cybercrime was envisaged in 1981: Computer Criminals in the World of Tomorrow (1981)

This prediction-having-become-true seems to be part of a whole series from the very early 1980s, looking ahead just 20 years and thus into a future that has already become our past itself.

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