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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Government ministers and senior public servants will be sent to "cyber bootcamp", while chief statistician David Kalisch will effectively be put on probation, following a damning review into the 2016 census debacle by the Prime Minister's cyber security chief.

As you may have heard, the Census website has had a bit of a technical issue. The official report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics went from "overseas hackers" to a series of DDoS attacks (with some pinpointed to the US) made possible thanks to a geo-blocking failure and finally an overworked router calling it quits -- all leading to the decision to shut down the site on Census night.

This all of course raised questions about the security of the 2.3 million Census forms already completed online, prompting assurances from the ABS that the data is as safe as it would have been if the DDoS events hadn't occurred. But what is happening now? Is the site back up? Should we still be doing our Census online? And what does the PM have to say? (Hint: He's mad).