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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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Having been a child of the home computer boom of the early 1980s and then worked with computers for many years, I can't help but sigh every time a new campaign to reduce piracy comes into effect.

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Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending: yes, it sounds like BitTorrent for banks, because it kind of is. But if you were that kid -- the one who took games of Monopoly a little too seriously -- you will love this concept. And if you just think banks should give people a fair go and cheaper credit you'll love it too.

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News Limited CEO Kim Williams gave a speech to the Australian International Movie Convention this week discussing the rising prevalence of piracy online. I've got a lot of sympathy for the argument that blithely downloading content through BitTorrent is a hugely damaging activity for content creators, but there's a crucial element of Williams' speech that's deeply deceptive and fundamentally ignorant.

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Think you've been careful with your BitTorrent activity? Think again. ScanEye is a new site that creepily knows what you've downloaded on BitTorrent and shows it to you shows, serving as a good reminder to keep your activities private.

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Chrome: BitTorrent clients aren't hard to come by, but if you don't want to deal with extra software, OneClick is a Chrome extension that downloads torrents directly in your browser. Simply click on a torrent file and it will start downloading the contents directly in Chrome.