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 Mind-controlled Tesla\u00a0we look at the trends that we should be aware of today, November 25th, 2016.\u00a0We\u00a0see hackers using EEG helmets to drive Teslas, thinking soil, the Impossible Drive,Hackers mind controlled a Tesla Model S in hackathon\u00a0projectEarlier this year, we reported on a Tesla Model S owner technically controlling his car with his mind, but we noted that it was \u201cgimmicky\u201d at best since we were only talking about sending commands that you can use through Tesla\u2019s app with its API tools.Last weekend, a group of hackers pushed the idea further and managed to put together\u00a0a prototype that truly controlled a Tesla Model S through commands translated from brain activity, aka mind control.The project, called Teslapathic, was created during a 36-hour hackathon that took place over the weekend in Berkeley.The four hackers,\u00a0Abenezer Mamo,\u00a0Casey Spencer (top right),\u00a0Lorenzo Caoile (top left), and\u00a0Vivek Vinodh, were inspired by \u201cthe rapid advancement of the automated auto industry\u201d and wanted to showcase \u201d the future of human-computer interfaces, mind controlled devices\u201d, according to their development\u00a0page.They took\u00a0Spencer\u2019s Model S (if his name sounds familiar it\u2019s because he is the same guy who broke the Tesla hypermiling record a while back) and installed\u00a0actuators on the pedals and a motor on the steering wheel controlled by\u00a0an analog signal translated from brain activity detected on an EEG headset. Read more at ElectrekNew \u2018Thinking Soil\u2019 Fixes Concrete Foundations Using Engineered BacteriaThe creation of a concrete-repairing bacteria by\u00a0British students\u00a0has inspired scientists to develop biocement, a material that genetically-engineered soil microbes would produce in response to changing pressures in soil to automatically reinforce the land under foundations.Here\u2019s how the concrete-repairing function works.When the bacteria\u00a0Bacillus subtilis\u00a0is\u00a0added to soil, it produces an enzyme called\u00a0urease. That enzyme causes the organic compound urea to break down into ammonium and carbonate, increasing the pH in the surrounding environment. Calcium carbonate accumulates at the cells\u2019 surface, and when there\u2019s enough of it, you get a calcite deposit.Growth of the bacteria is triggered by the specific pH of the concrete they\u2019re used on, which means they\u00a0start growing only once they\u2019ve made contact with concrete. Once the cells have germinated, they seep into the cracks in the concrete and begin to clump together at the bottom.This clumping activates the concrete repair process, and the cells differentiate to produce three types of material: calcium carbonate, reinforcing fibers, and a binding agent. The cells have a built-in self-destruct gene preventing them from\u00a0expanding\u00a0away from the concrete and affecting adjacent objects.Read more at Singularity HubNASA Just Tested The ‘Impossible Drive’: Does It Work?***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.