Al-Qaida predicts Obama’s fall by Muslim nation

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Date of prediction: 2009-09-22

»CAIRO — Al-Qaida on Tuesday released a new 106-minute long video predicting President Barack Obama’s downfall at the hands of the Muslim world.

The Arabic-language video, entitled “The West and the Dark Tunnel,” is part of series of messages by the organization marking the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Bin Laden released a short message of his own on Sept. 14.


“God willing, your end will be at the hands of the Muslim nation, so that the world and history will be free of your crimes and lies,” he said addressing Obama at the end of the two-part video.

(AP: Al-Qaida predicts Obama’s fall by Muslim nation)

IEEE Computer Society Predicts Top 9 Technology Trends for 2016

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Date of prediction: 2015-12-15

IEEE Computer Society thinks these will be the top 9 technology trends in 2016:

  • 5G
  • Virtual Reality and Augmented Realit
  • Nonvolatile Memory
  • Cyber Physical Systems (CPS)
  • Data Science
  • Capability-based Security
  • Advanced Machine Learning
  • Network Function Virtualization (NFV)
  • Containers

Source: IEEE Computer Society Predicts Top 9 Technology Trends for 2016 • IEEE Computer Society

Update 2016-12-13: The IEEE Computer Society was honest enough to revisit and grade its predictions at the end of the year and gave itself a B+.

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:


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.

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