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According to a long-in-the-works report from <Vanity Fair, Peter Thiel is in discussions to head what one insider described as the "only meaningful executive-branch oversight of the intelligence community." Numerous officials, including Steve Bannon, confirmed this, and one of Thiel's chief concerns is reportedly the sweeping powers that companies like Google and Amazon have amassed.

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.

In 2006, then-New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg issued an executive order establishing the Office of Special Enforcement, a citywide agency responsible for enforcing "quality of life" regulations -- a nebulous, ideologically charged concept that refers to anything from music venues with too many noise complaints to nightclubs that facilitate prostitution to decrepit structures that pose a fire hazard.

Palantir is one of the most secretive tech firms in Silicon Valley. Its clients include the FBI, the NSA and the CIA, as well as companies like JPMorgan Chase, Walmart and Credit Suisse. The 12-year-old big data firm has received $US2.7 billion ($3.6 billion) in funding, and at a valuation of $US25 billion ($33.5 billion), it's considered the fourth most valuable startup in the world behind Uber, Xiaomi and Airbnb.