Future Trends – Future Olympics, Jobs, and War

Posted By on August 11, 2016

Each week Nikolas Badminton, Futurist Speaker, summarizes the top-5 future looking developments and news items that I find to be inspiring, interesting, concerning, or downright strange. Each day he reads through dozens of blogs and news websites to find those things that we should be aware of.

In Future Trends – Future Olympics, Jobs, and War we look at the trends that we should be aware of today, August 11th, 2016 (one day early this week). The future of the Olympics, how China is changing the Internet, jobs we’ll need in the future, deep space habitats, and new military robots

7 Sci-Fi Writers Predict The Future Of The Olympics

  1. Climate change will cause the Winter Olympic Games to change drastically – Madeline Ashby, author of Company Town
  2. A new, more environmentally sustainable alternative to the Olympics will rise up -Malka Older, author of Infomocracy
  3. Cheesy human interest stories will be replaced by a more immersive, athlete-controlled media experience -S.B. Divya, author of Runtime
  4. The games will become a nostalgic ode to a time when humans were less scientifically perfect -Max Gladstone, author of Four Roads Cross
  5. And they will do so for the same reason we enjoy going to the movies or looking at art today -Patrick Hemstreet, author of The God Wave
  6. Or, it could go the other way, and corporations will sponsor athletes based on their DNA sequences -Stacey Berg, author of Dissension
  7. And each Olympic event will eventually handle issues of gender differently -Ada Palmer, author of Too Like the Lightning

Via The Huffington Post

How China Is Changing Your Internet | The New York Times

In China, a sheltered internet has given rise to a new breed of app, and American companies are taking notice. What was once known as the land of cheap rip-offs may now offer a glimpse at the future.

Read the story here: http://nyti.ms/2aK60IE

Human body part designers and guided Space tours? Get ready for the jobs of the future

Around 65% of school pupils will move into careers that don’t exist yet, according to the US Department of Labor, as robotics and artificial intelligence move into the mainstream.
The Future Laboratory, a consultancy that tries to predict trends in 14 industry sectors, has teamed up with Microsoft Surface, whose devices are designed with students in mind, to look at the jobs which today’s students will be undertaking by 2025.
Called the ‘Tomorrow Jobs’ report, the study looks at what the creative careers of the future might look like and it has identified ten job categories that don’t exist today, along with the skills needed in order for students to future proof their careers.
  1. Space Junk Archaeologist
  2. Memory Storage Specialist
  3. Rewilding Strategist
  4. Battery Innovator
  5. Human Parts Designer
  6. Virtual Habitat Designer
  7. Ethical Technology Advocate
  8. Digital Cultural Commentator
  9. Freelance Biohacker
  10. IoT Data Creative

Via Microsoft

NASA has six companies developing future deep space habitats

NASA has selected six U.S. companies to help advance the Journey to Mars by developing ground prototypes and concepts for deep space habitats.

Through the public-private partnerships enabled by the Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships-2 (NextSTEP-2) Broad Agency Announcement, Appendix A, NASA and industry partners will expand commercial development of space in low-Earth orbit while also improving deep space exploration capabilities to support more extensive human spaceflight missions.

The selected companies are:

  • Bigelow Aerospace of Las Vegas
  • Boeing of Pasadena, Texas
  • Lockheed Martin of Denver
  • Orbital ATK of Dulles, Virginia
  • Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems of Louisville, Colorado
  • NanoRacks of Webster, Texas

Via Futurist Tech Info

US Marines New Robots in Action – Testing Several Military Robots in Real Conditions

Marine Regiment test equipment provided by the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory. The equipment they are testing ranges from unmanned ground and aerial vehicles, new technology in expeditionary medicine, reusable energy and water purifying systems.

Video also include footage of the Boston Dynamic’s LS3 (canceled ) program.



Nikolas Badminton is a world-respected futurist speaker that researches, speaks, and writes about the future of work, how technology is affecting the workplace, how workers are adapting, the sharing economy, and how the world is evolving. He appears at conferences in Canada, USA, UK, and Europe. Email him to book him for your radio, TV show, or conference.

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