Some items of interest (I'll add more later):
Articles from Global Guerrillas
How would ISIS spread into Saudi Arabia?
More generally, how would an open source insurgency defeat a fragile dictatorship?
NOTE: I've turned on the comments for this one for feedback on this post.
Question: How would ISIS cross the "air gap" between their conquests in Iraq and Saudi Arabia?
Answer: It already has.
ISIS has become the leading supplier of the most potent drug in the world:
Further, Saudi Arabia is almost certainly one of their leading customers and they brought it on themselves.
What is the biggest threat to the world as we know it?
Answers range from climate change to peak energy to a pandemic...
None of those matter. They are all exogenous events. Challenges to be overcome.
The only real threat is a corrupt decision making system.
Simply, if our human built systems can't make good decisions, our system will collapse.
It's that simple.
My friend Jeff Garzik (bitcoin core dev) nailed it on Twitter:
This single-chain thinking is not scalable. Memo to Counterparty, Mastercoin, Ethereum, et. al. The future is an Internet Of Chains.
It's the same conclusion I stumbled into while doing some scifi writing over the past couple of weeks -- the scenario building required really zooms my systems thinking in a very good way.
It should be pretty clear that the economy we have today is holding us back.
It's an amoral, debt-riddled system that is riven with corruption and wracked by periodic bouts of extreme instability. Worse, on its current path, the 'turking" future it's building for us is pretty damned grim.
Some interesting stuff:
Wall Street exists due to one reason.
It was built to overcome the limitations of the information system our economic system was built on. Limitations that we didn't have the technology to overcome (until now).
To work around these limits we built the financial system.