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: Cyborgs, Democracy, and Cardboard Houses\u00a0we look at the trends that we should be aware of today, April 22nd, 2016.Hearing Colors with\u00a0Neil HarbissonThe life of Neil Harbisson is like something out of a sci-fi novel. Neil was born with achromatopsia, a rare condition that leaves 1 in 30,000 people completely colorblind. But Neil isn\u2019t colorblind, far from it. After convincing his doctors to implant an antenna into the back of his head, Neil now possesses a new sense \u2013 the ability to hear colors. In this short film by Greg Brunkalla, HEARING COLORS, Neil takes you through a day in his life and into an entirely new world.Via VimeoHighlights from Jaron Lanier Keynote at Digital Content Market ConferenceJaron Lanier is always a favorite of mine.Decriminalize all drugs, business and world leaders tell UNColombia\u2019s President Juan Manuel Santos addresses the United Nations General Assembly special session on the world\u2019s drug problem on Thursday. Photograph: Mike Segar\/ReutersLeaders of the Global Commission on Drug Policy said the UN\u2019s first special session on drugs in 18 years had failed to improve international narcotics policy, instead choosing to tweak its prohibition-oriented approach to drug regulation.\u201cThe process was fatally flawed from the beginning,\u201d said Richard Branson, the head of the Virgin Group, adding that it may \u201calready be too late\u201d to save the international drug law system.This week\u2019s United Nations general assembly special session, UNgass, clearly displayed the deep divisions between member states over narcotics: while a growing number of countries, including several states in the US, have moved towards decriminalizing or legalizing drugs, others continue to execute people convicted of drug crimes. Three UN conventions prohibit drug use that is not medical or scientific.Via The GuardianMexico City is crowdsourcing its new constitution using Change.org in a democracy experimentMexico City just launched a massive experiment in digital democracy. It is asking its nearly 9 million residents to help draft a new constitution through social media.The crowdsourcing exercise is unprecedented in Mexico\u2014and pretty much everywhere else. Chilangos, as locals are known, can petition for issues to be included in the constitution through Change.org (link in Spanish), and make their case in person if they gather more than 10,000 signatures. They can also annotate proposals by the constitution\u2019s drafters via PubPub, an editing platform (Spanish) similar to Google Docs.The idea, in the words of the mayor, Miguel Angel Mancera, is to \u201cbestow the constitution project (Spanish) with a democratic, progressive, inclusive, civic and plural character.\u201dVia QuartzWikkelhouseA special little house, made out of cardboard. Sustainably built to last. And suit all your needs.Via Builder OnlineSee the last 4 week\u2019s Future Trends articles here:Future Trends: Facebook Wants it AllFuture Trends: Storing Data in DNA, and VR DrugsFuture Trends: Unbiased Robot Bosses and HoloportationFuture Trends: Curing AIDS and Accidental Racist Sex Robots***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.