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 Driverless UBER is Here\u00a0we look at the trends that we should be aware of today, August 19th, 2016 (one day early this week).\u00a0The future of the\u00a0UBER’s driverless services, Interscatter communication, ISS being sold, mind-controlled bionic limbs that feel, and simulations with No Man’s Sky.Uber Begins Its Endgame: Replacing HumansUber announced Thursday that its automated cars are going to begin shuttling passengers around Pittsburgh by the end of the month. Let that sink in: The age of the hirable robotaxi for the masses will begin within the next twelve (12) calendar days.Of course, Google\u2019s driverless cars have driven millions of miles, as have autopilot-enabled Teslas (the feature was delivered overnight via a software upgrade, of all things).But Uber\u2019s move is strategically different. Google has no currently obvious or imminent business strategy for its cars. Tesla is not currently in the business of automating humans out of relevancy (long term, Elon Musk has suggested the company might become an Uber competitor). Uber\u2019s cars, meanwhile, will actively be competing with and making irrelevant the moms and students and two-job-hustlers Uber has long held up as the human capital that make its platform so compelling.Via VICE Motherboard\u2018Interscatter communication\u2019 could help your brain implant talk to your iPhone\u201cOur goal is to provide connectivity to the next billion devices,\u201d Shyam Gollakota, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, told Digital Trends. \u201cThese are going to be devices which push the limits of what we currently think of as connectivity. For example, you\u2019re going to have connected contact lenses capable of tracking the glucose sugar level in your blood, which can then send that information to your smartphone so you can track it and get real-time diagnoses. There\u2019s also the possibility of brain implants, which researchers have been doing a lot of work investigating. The challenge with all of these different devices is communication. If you\u2019re going to have smart contact lenses or a brain implant, we need to be able to ensure that information can be properly communicated to the outside world.\u201dVia Digital TrendsNASA hopes to hand the International Space Station to a commercial owner by mid 2020sNASA is giving us some more insight into its plans to get humans to Mars, under the blanket mission called \u2018Journey to Mars,\u2019 and during the press conference, NASA\u00a0Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems Development Bill Hill revealed that the current hope is to hand off control of the International Space Station to a commercial owner by sometime around the mid 2020s.\u201cNASA\u2019s trying to develop economic development in low-earth orbit,\u201d Hill said, speaking on a panel of NASA staff assembled to discuss the upcoming Mars mission. \u201cUltimately, our desire is to hand the space station over to either a commercial entity or some other commercial capability so that research can continue in low-earth orbit, so that research can continue in low-earth orbit.\u201dThe timing fits with the end of The U.S. Government\u2019s current funding of the ISS program, which was extended by President Obama\u2019s administration from its original deorbiting date of 2016 through 2020. Operations were prolonged through 2024 to help give NASA a platform from which to run its near-Earth preparatory missions leading up to the ultimate manned mission to Mars.Via TechCrunchThis Mind-Controlled Bionic Arm Can Touch and FeelIn the first episode of Humans+, Motherboard dives into the world of future prosthetics, and the people working on closing the gap between man and machine.We follow Melissa Loomis, an amputee from Ohio, who had experimental nerve reversal surgery and is going to Johns Hopkins’ Applied Physics Lab to test out its latest Modular Prosthetic Limb, a cutting-edge bionic arm funded in part by DARPA. Neuro-interfacing machinery is a game changer in terms rehabilitating patients, but what possibilities do these advancements open for the future?Via VICE MotherboardNo Man\u2019s Sky: A Simulation Inside a Simulation?Via PBS Ideas Channel***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.