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Sam Altman, the 31-year-old president of the wildly successful startup accelerator Y Combinator, published an essay on Monday in which he attempted to address the mounting concerns over his company's ties to Silicon Valley billionaire and Donald Trump delegate Peter Thiel. The company's relationship with Thiel, who serves as an unpaid part-time partner and recently donated $US1.25 ($2) million in support of Trump, has already led the pro-diversity group Project Include to disavow Y Combinator. Yet Altman insists that any action against Thiel (such as firing him from the company) would be "a dangerous path to start down."

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.

Sam Altman, the 31-year-old president of the wildly successful startup accelerator Y Combinator, published an essay on Monday in which he attempted to address the mounting concerns over his company's ties to Silicon Valley billionaire and Donald Trump delegate Peter Thiel. The company's relationship with Thiel, who serves as an unpaid part-time partner and recently donated $US1.25 ($2) million in support of Trump, has already led the pro-diversity group Project Include to disavow Y Combinator. Yet Altman insists that any action against Thiel (such as firing him from the company) would be "a dangerous path to start down."