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: Drone Racing, Minecraft, Go, and Holacracy\u00a0we look at the trends that we should be aware of today, January 29th, 2016.The Drone Racing League Is Building an Insane New SportCar racing leagues like NASCAR get lots of slack for being boring. For outsiders, it\u2019s tough to see the fun in watching people drive in circles again and again \u2014 even if they\u2019re doing it at 160 miles an hour within an inch of one another.But what if the vehicles racing against one another weren\u2019t cars, but flying robots? That\u2019s the idea behind drone racing, where pilots twist, turn and flip their tiny aircraft around complex courses. All this, while their body stays put thanks to special goggles that deliver a first-person view from their drone\u2019s camera.Via Time\u00a0and see this previous post on nikolasbadminton.com\u00a0on the local Canadian scene.Minecraft for EducationHear what educators are saying about using Minecraft to transform classroom learning.\u00a0Microsoft acquired a learning game called MinecraftEdu that allows teachers to use Minecraft in the classroom, with lessons and activities to teach subjects including STEM, history, language, and art. Microsoft says it will use this acquisition to build out its own \u201cMinecraft Education Edition,\u201d which will launch into free trials as of this summer. Minecraft is already being used in over 7,000 classrooms in more than 40 countries as part of their curriculum today.Via TechCrunchGoogle Makes Learning Neural Networks FreeDeveloped by Vincent Vanhoucke, Principal Scientist at Google, and the Google Brain team\u2019s technical lead, and Arpan Chakraborty, \u201cDeep Learning\u201d is an intermediate to advanced level course offered as part of Udacity\u2019s Machine Learning Engineer Nanodegree program. The catch is that students are assumed to have already taken a course in machine learning.Via Creators ProjectGoogle DeepMind: Ground-breaking AlphaGo masters the game of GoThe game of Go is widely viewed as an unsolved \u201cgrand challenge\u201d for artificial intelligence. Games are a great testing ground for inventing smarter, more flexible algorithms that have the ability to tackle problems in ways similar to humans. The first classic game mastered by a computer was noughts and crosses (also known as tic-tac-toe) in 1952. But until now, one game has thwarted A.I. researchers: the ancient game of Go.Via Deep MindZappos CEO Tony Hsieh reveals what it was like losing 18% of his employees in a radical management experimentA few days into the new year, 50 employees quit their jobs at Zappos. That was OK with CEO Tony Hsieh.It was the deadline for the 150 employees working on an intensive tech project to decide if they wanted to take a severance package or begin working under the self-management system known as Holacracy. Under it, there are no traditional bosses or job titles, and the standard hierarchy is eliminated.Via Business InsiderSee the last 4 week\u2019s Future Trends articles here:Future Trends: Skills in 2020 and Sneaky DronesFuture Trends: Global Risks, Spying, and Branded DreamsFuture Trends: Muscles, H-Bombs, and Drinking RobotsTop-5 Futures for December 25th: Step Aside Santa, We\u2019ve Got Elon Musk***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.