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Not every hacker on the planet is a callous basement dweller. Many are actually using their skills to make the world a better place, securing our favourite websites and vital infrastructures -- not to mention all those tiny internet devices with cameras and microphones we've idiotically placed throughout our homes where we eat, sleep and do yoga in the nude.

Alas, this is not a story about those unsung heroes.

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.

Not every hacker on the planet is a callous basement dweller. Many are actually using their skills to make the world a better place, securing our favourite websites and vital infrastructures -- not to mention all those tiny internet devices with cameras and microphones we've idiotically placed throughout our homes where we eat, sleep and do yoga in the nude.

Alas, this is not a story about those unsung heroes.