Each week Nikolas Badminton, Futurist Speaker, summarizes the top-5 future looking developments and news\u00a0items 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 \u2013 Banks abandon poor\u00a0countries\u00a0we look at the trends that we should be aware of today, July 22nd, 2016. How smaller, poorer countries are being abandoned by big banks, filament muscleBanks abandon the Caribbean, local bitcoin exchange experiences 33% increase in users every month since FebruarySmaller, poorer countries are being abandoned by big banks in an exodus commonly referred to as \u201cde-risking\u201d or \u201cde-banking.\u201d In the Caribbean, where many small countries with poorer populations reside close to each other, the problem is getting so bad that local businesses regularly have a hard time receiving remittances and paying suppliers outside of their own country, even when their trading partner is just the next island over.The growing trend in the Caribbean is the topic of a recent report by the IMF, and the subject of a talk by IMF director Christine Lagarde on Monday, at the US Federal Reserve.I am concerned that all is not well in this world of small countries with small financial systems. In fact there is a risk that they become more marginalized.Madame Lagarde, Director IMFVia BraveNewCoinMusculoskeletal Robot Driven by Multifilament Muscles Resembles a Human\u2019s MovementsResearchers at the Suzumori Endo Robotics Laboratory at the Tokyo Institute of Technology have a different take on robotics in the form of a musculoskeletal robot that moves like a human.Essentially, a fake skeleton covered in a bunch of cables, the musculoskeletal robot is powered by artificial multifilament muscles that function like real human muscles when electrical current flows through them.Basically, the fake muscles can contract and expand similar to a real human\u2019s movements thanks to the electrical current, even enabling the skeleton\u2019s head to move around realistically.At the moment, the Suzumori Endo humanoid can\u2019t support itself, but the robot\u2019s legs do contain the exact same number of muscles that a real human being\u2019s legs use to walk.The researchers hope that as technology advances and the musculoskeletal robot progresses, it will eventually be able to walk on its own and self-balance, similar to the ATLAS robot.Via AdaFruitMeet Kasita: The Micro-Housing Start-Up That’s About To Revolutionize Real EstateYou can tell immediately that Jeff Wilson, the 42-year old founder of Kasita, an Austin-based micro-housing start-up, has been courting venture capital. He has his sales pitch nailed\u2014which is pretty impressive for a former university dean and professor who used to live in a dumpster.When I ask Wilson what fundamental problem his company is solving he tells me without flinching: \u201cKasita is on the verge of disrupting the urban housing market in ways not seen in real estate\u00a0and development in 150 years.\u201d Wilson\u2019s confidence may\u00a0just be spot on. And perfectly timed.Most nights I\u2019d just stare at the dumpster ceiling. And one night I had the first of two \u2018a-ha\u2019 moments. The first was realizing that smaller spaces could mean better lives. My stuff didn\u2019t own me anymore. I had more income. I could pick up and move my dumpster to another great part of town any time I wanted.Via ForbesA half-built futuristic \u2018eco-city\u2019 is sitting abandoned in the Arabian DesertAbu Dhabi officials had big plans for Masdar City.When they broke ground on the development in 2008, it was slated\u00a0to be the world\u2019s most sustainable city, with zero carbon emissions, zero waste and zero cars. But construction, which was originally scheduled to wrap up this year, has been much slower than expected. And the city has not achieved full carbon neutrality \u2014 according to the Guardian, current plans suggest that only half of the city\u2019s power will be renewable.As of now, the city sits mostly empty \u2014 only around 300 people live there, and the completion date has been pushed back to 2030.French photographer Etienne Malapert became interested in Masdar City while studying at ECAL, a Swiss school of art and design. He visited Masdar City last year and documented its buildings, streets and plazas.Via TechInsiderTHE FUTURE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE – Kevin Kelly on London RealVia London Real***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.\u00a0Email him to book him for your radio, TV show, or conference.