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 The Best 2017 Predictions\u00a0we look at\u00a0some of the best articles circulating the web at the end of 2016 that look to predict what will happen in 2017 and beyond.Top 17 Tech Trends For 2017Every year, the team of futurists, analysts, and consultants in Frost & Sullivan\u2019s Visionary Innovation Group takes a pause from looking at 10-year horizons and comes together to identify the trends that will make the biggest impact in the coming year.Looking at our predictions from last year, we were particularly accurate in our assertions regarding the Fintech revolution, augmented reality, the cyber battlefront, millennial power, online marketplaces, and a jobless future. 2016 saw Fintech market revenues double and the explosion of augmented reality with global Pok\u00e9mon GO mania. Next year we expect augmented reality to play a more prominent role in B2B applications. On the cyber battlefront, we predicted that governments and corporations would face increasing cyber security and cyber policy struggles. This played out in the US election as outside forces contributed hacked information to the campaign discourse. Millennials wielded their power, also bringing a show of force to the US election with the unexpected rise of Bernie Sanders. Online marketplaces continued to make gains, with online \u201cclick\u201d sales outpacing growth of in-store \u201cbrick\u201d sales, and B2B launches such as BMW\u2019s online parts marketplace in Germany. We saw the dragon stumble and the elephant run; China\u2019s growth slowed to less than 7%, and India saw good growth and strong policies addressing red tape with demonetization. As for a jobless future, the world saw increased inquiry into the implications of a universal basic income, political focus on loss of jobs due to automation, and the mobilization of blue-collar workers in the US and UK to protect their jobs.Read more at Forbes17 for \u201917: Microsoft researchers on what to expect in 2017 and 2027One issue sometimes cited for the dearth of women in computing fields is the lack of professional role models who could inspire girls to pursue their STEM dreams.\u00a0 We\u2019ve attempted to counteract this by asking 17 women within Microsoft\u2019s global research organization their views on what\u2019s likely to occur in their fields in 2017.\u00a0 Since it\u2019s prediction season, we also asked them to tell us what\u2019s likely happen 10 years from now.We hope you\u2019ll enjoy their breadth of knowledge and also take a moment to share this feature on your social networks.\u00a0 If that simple act of sharing inspires just one more girl or boy to pursue their STEM passions, you will have contributed to the spirit of the week.Read more at the Microsoft BlogHealth care stocks to lose 50% \u2014 and 9 other \u2018outrageous\u2019 analyst predictionsHow does a 100% rally in Italian banks sound? Or U.S. health care stocks plunging 50%? Or maybe even the U.K. bailing on Brexit?Sound outrageous? Well, while most analysts keep their crystal-balling for next year in tight ranges, Saxo Bank has 10 unlikely events that could rattle investors in 2017.Of course, they aren\u2019t Saxo Bank\u2019s main calls for 2017.The Copenhagen-based bank has made a tradition out of publishing outlandish outlooks each year. Chief economist Steen Jakobsen points out that this season\u2019s prediction reflect how the past year has exceeded what most people imagined.\u201cAfter a year in which reality has managed to surpass even seemingly unlikely calls \u2014 with the Brexit surprise and the U.S. election outcome \u2014 the common theme for our Outrageous Predictions for 2017 is that desperate times call for desperate actions,\u201d Jakobsen said.\u201cWith change always happening in times of crisis, 2017 may be a wake-up call which sees a real departure from the \u2018business as usual, both in central bank expansionism and government austerity policies which have characterized the post-2009 crisis,\u201d he added.Read more at MarketwatchWhole Foods Predicts These Foods Will Be All the Rage in 2017On Tuesday, Whole Foods released its predictions for 2017\u2019s hottest food trends\u2014a list that\u2019s compiled by experts who track consumer behavior at more than 400 of the chain\u2019s stores.One of the more colorful food trends of the new year is \u201cpurple everything,\u201d the company says, such as purple asparagus, purple cauliflower, and purple sweet potatoes, among others. And environmentally-friendly shoppers will be happy to know that Whole Foods predicts that food made from byproducts\u2014whether it\u2019s leftover whey from strained Greek yogurt or spent grains from beer\u2014will be trendy, too. Read more at FORTUNE***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.