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A Rich Philanthropist Several members rock up to see Bill Gates and privately tell him the truth. The fact you're a hive mind means you can prove your story by doing stuff that he can't explain any other way. Show him your designs and your list of required components. Tell him what it's for and why. Offer to let him keep the system after you've finished. ...


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Insider trading and market manipulation. Somehow (probably a mix of good luck, raw intellect and deceit) position half of your people inside large, high profile companies, preferably inside legal or financial departments. If you get lucky aim for upper management. The other half should set themselves up as stock traders, aside from one who founds a ‘tech ...


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Lottery rigging Lottery rigging schemes have been successfully executed before. They tend to be uncovered fairly easily because practical considerations around human nature make the schemes easy to defeat. In a nutshell, if the guys running the lottery take the winnings, catching them is trivial. If they get friends and associates to do it, it's not quite ...


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Nation-state-scale espionage There's really no reason to keep this a complete secret. Choose a nation state, (probably the US, since your motivation is money) demonstrate incontrovertible proof of undetectable telepathy, and then add "oh, and I have telepathic connections to 18 Chinese nationals with absolutely no previous connection to foreign agents, ...


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Poker Tournaments There are several of them. And you need only to pairs in each "team", one playing, another watching the TV, for see the cards of all players. Harvesting the most competitive ones, and a lot of local others, could easily make more a million per pair per year. Bonus: Make some then famous, poker start celebrities. Make a few of then ...


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I question the assertion that things must be launched out of the solar system. Instead: Approach the National Reconnaissance Office with a proposition. You ask no questions and we will deploy satellites for you with no launch signatures. Stealth them and nobody will know they're up there. Try to find out who are and we will deorbit your satellites ...


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Exploit your secret, unjammable communications. Cheating: Go to a game show where the contestant must answer questions without help. There are 99 helpers in front of a computer with an internet connection ... Bet on sports events which are not transmitted live. One at the event, one in the betting parlor. Optimizing: A member on the London Stock Exchange ...


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Before the mind can make money, the author needs to define the group. First, work through your assumptions. Assuming a random selection, evenly distributed around the globe, you have about 60 Asians 16 Africans 10 Europeans 9 from Latin/South America/Carribean 5 from North America There is a very low chance of anyone from the Pacific/Oceania. There is ...


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If you're okay with going the villain route, having the ability to launch things secretly and cheaply allows you to become a deadly terrorist organization easily. Find some heavy things (rocks, tungsten rods), fly them to space, aim that at whoever you want to extort, and drop it. See Kinetic_bombardment. Send notes to military officials in a few governments ...


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Get paid for science With 99 people together, working single minded on a single project with staggering IQ's they'll be able to whip out impressive technologies. Inventing better data storage solutions, faster hosting or new AI methods can be quickly implemented and tech giants pay ludicrous amounts of money for this. This can give you a starting capital, if ...


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I think the answer to your question boils down to "what is the difference between a consumable good and an asset?" Take a company with a few thousand employees. For their day to day operation, they need a lot of supporting material and infrastructure: buildings, desk, IT, stationery and so on. Buildings and IT are maintained, while paper or pens ...


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This anwer ignores the fact that the spaceship will make billions of dollars by itself. This type of communication in our age does not have any legal benefits. As it is very easy for everyone to communicate at close to speed of light. Either you should use it to cheat or not rely on it at all. For cheating it can be used in quiz shows, competitive gaming and ...


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The answer is fairly easy, and doesn't require a lot of effort, just some trauma. Have one of your members kill themselves, and grab a billionaire. There's lots of billionaires around, and some are accessible. As soon as you have one you can start working and save the planet. It's hard removing one of your number, sure, but it's the quickest way to save all ...


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Cooling The suit has fused, meaning he lacks many of the skin's properties to survive. To name just one, the skin is used for cooling. Our sweating is biologically revolutionary, making us excell at long duration intensive motion. Without the ability to transpire even short term intense movement can overheat and disable/kill the person.


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Your creature might be made of an exotic neutron-based matter Neutrons, not having an electric charge, do not interact much with matter, thus they can travel across it way longer than protons and electrons can do. The neutron has no measurable electric charge. With its positive electric charge, the proton is directly influenced by electric fields, whereas ...


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Collude to make a virtual monopoly from all the companies in a market segment. Many jurisdictions have anti-monopoly and anti-collusion laws. Eg 2 businesses in competition with each other can't agree on prices, or unite their buying or selling power. If they were able to make an agreement and buy as one, they can negotiate a lower price from suppliers, and ...


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Paramilitary/mercenary action Your 100 people are the ultimate fighting force. It's probable that you'll have at least one person in the hive who's some sort of fighter (military or otherwise) and combined with the fast training rate of the others, you could assemble quite the powerful combat force in a very short amount of time. Some advantages a squad of ...


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Check out your playing field You can make money from normal people, 1000 coins at a time. Small businesses can yield 10 000 to 100 000; also local drug bosses are in this class. Forget everything up to this point, it's just not enough. Medium companies can give you something between 1M and 10M but you have to deliver serious stuff. International drug/people ...


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My answer mostly covers the physiology of your idea. If this were possible you would have made an alternative route to supply oxygen and remove carbon dioxide from the working muscle cells and surrounding tissues. However, for gas exchange to be possible normally a very fine network of vessels with extremely thin walls is required. Having this on the surface ...


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Members of the hive mind share not only knowledge and skills, but also life experiences, take advantage of that. With 100 members of different walks of life and both genders, you know all there is to know about human relationships. You are also an expert at reading body language and similar skills (and you don't need any one of the members to be an expert in ...


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Forget the hive mind information transfer network; there's little benefit to another way of sending information around the world wirelessly and securely these days. The only places this will benefit you is the type of places where phones etc are prohibited, which means very high security jobs. Getting even one person into one of those will be hard, and the ...


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If everyone has superpowers. No one really has superpowers Superpowers are relative. If everyone can run faster than a bullet then you have no speedsters, you need to to move your baseline and get faster bullets, if everyone has super strength then there is no super strength, your world just has weak objects. A super villain can beat one superman. But can he ...


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Large scale quantum tunneling might explain such ability. Quantum tunnelling or tunneling (US) is the quantum mechanical phenomenon where a wavefunction can propagate through a potential barrier. The transmission through the barrier can be finite and depends exponentially on the barrier height and barrier width. Tunneling may be explained in terms of the ...


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You could make over a Billion cheating at gambling and chess. Casinos Use orbital decay theory to cheat at roulette. A computer is required to do the orbital decay theory calculations. One person is at the casino, the other is at home with a laptop. These cheaters ran away with $15 million. https://thetechportal.com/2017/04/03/cheating-roulette-technology-...


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I am afraid what you want is not practical. It's not precisely impossible, but it's so impractical that you cannot build a creature (let alone a humanoid) capable of what you want. You need to understand some basics of the limitations of Earth-bound astronomical observations to see why. Regarding some of the claims you mention made by people, keep in mind ...


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A little bit of physics. Light is a wave. This means that when light passes through an aperture, it will difract. This means that a point source of light cannot be imaged as a point, not even by an ideal lens. (An ideal lens is a lens free of aberrations. Such a lens cannot be made physically, so that the separation power of any physical lens will be worse ...


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If the ruling class is really untouchable, the answer depends only on how enlightened/egalitarian they are. Human history is, for the most part, the history of oppression. Whenever ruling class has a leverage on the lower class, they usually use that leverage to the fullest extent. Two factors are limiting that: revolutions and inefficiency. Revolution is ...


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Perfectly organised crime Arson - One of the many people in the hive mind could vandalise valuable positions, the worth of the positions would be exaggerated when insuring them so that there would be a big pay-out from the insurance company, use others in the hive mind as fake witnesses and accuse suspicions people from that area who would be caught on CCTV ...


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Capacitors Sure, a maximum of 100v at 20A is decent, but your hero has discovered that it isn't always enough. To make things worse, using that much energy at once is kind of tiring. As a result, he's gonna want some lithium-ion batteries so that he can build up larger jolts and/or have reserves. These are relatively cheap, widespread, and aren't too heavy. ...


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By the clothes; if they don't have hem, by the hair. Otherwise I think of it as catching a bird, you need to fold it in a natural way as fast as possible to immobilize it. For a human the best way might be to hold it by the ankles (both if possible) and raise it in the air, slowly, guiding it so it keeps straight. If it falls down, you would shake it so to ...


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