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: The end of weather forecasting\u00a0we look at the trends that we should be aware of today, June 10th, 2016. How weather forecasting is changing, miniaturising engines, 3D printed aircraft, Hypotopia, and disruption in Paris.With iPhones and computer models, do we still need weather forecasters?From IBM\u2019s perspective, humans will continue to be pushed out at both the consumer and business level. Computers will learn to interpret information, too, and provide guidance on activities. The role of humans will evolve into ever more complex decisions that require multiple sources or types of information, such as when it is prudent to order the evacuation of New Orleans in the face of a Gulf of Mexico hurricane. Complex decisions will incorporate both weather forecasts (made by the National Hurricane Center, but based almost entirely on computer model guidance) and human factors, such as how many buses are available and how long historical evacuations have taken.\u201cThere\u2019s no doubt that the trend in the big picture is less of a pedigree on solely meteorology, and more of a pedigree on meteorology plus analytics or data sciences or other related areas,\u201d Neilley said. \u201cThat trend is pretty steep.\u201d That trend is also reflected in The Weather Company\u2019s employment. In the part of the business that makes forecasts and produces them for customers, the employment ratio is about 4-to-1 non-meteorologists to meteorologists. The company prizes data analytics over forecasting skill.In the near future, Neilley said, the company will focus less on producing the standard 5- or 7-day forecast accessible on an iPhone and more on helping consumers make decisions such as whether they should, for example, cancel the family picnic this weekend or park the car in the garage tonight. The company is moving toward allowing customers to interact directly with the data, such as signing up for an alert when the winds are going to exceed 15mph.Via ArstechnicaHow a 4-Pound Engine Can Replace a 40-Pound EngineConnecticut-based startup LiquidPiston announced today that they have built a small, compact engine that is powerful enough to drive a go-kart. Their X-mini engine weighs just 4 pounds and has\u00a0three moving parts, and yet can produce 3 horsepower, enough to\u00a0replace\u00a0the default 40-pound piston engine that normally powers the go-kart.LiquidPiston says that their X-mini is still in a testing phase, and they hope to get the weight down to 3 pounds and the power up to 5 hp. (The 40-pound piston engine produces about 6.5 hp.)\u00a0In the meantime, their little engine already packs a punch, as you can see in the video below.Via Popular MechanicsAirbus made a completely 3D-printed plane that actually fliesIf it\u2019s possible to build complete products on one machine as effectively as traditional manufacturing techniques, without having to hire humans or robots to assemble them, then perhaps 3D printing could spur that \u201cnext industrial revolution\u201d we were promised. And Airbus, one of the largest plane manufacturers in the world, is experimenting with what the future of aviation manufacturing might look like with 3D printing.Via QuartzHypotopia: How a \u20ac19bn model city has changed Austria\u2019s attitude to protestRiots and demonstrations have gripped the continent\u2019s capitals for the past five years of the eurozone crisis \u2013 but in Vienna, a group of innovative students are trying a different form of urban protest.Corrupt politicians, jailed banking bosses and alleged connections to shady mafia groups in the Balkans \u2013 the story of failed Bavarian bank Hypo Alpe Adria has been an ongoing catastrophe for Austria. But the largely passive public reaction to the \u20ac19bn bailout of this \u201cbad bank\u201d inspired a group of architecture, civil engineering and urban planning students to pose the question: what could you build with \u20ac19bn?Over four months, these students from the Technical University of Vienna designed and created a model city for the same price as the bailout in one of Vienna\u2019s main squares, Karlsplatz, as a protest project that has captured the attention of the country.Via The GuardianParis fears Amazon Prime Now will ‘destabilize’ its economyAmazon has brought its one-hour grocery delivery service to Paris, and the city isn’t thrilled. Prime Now is available to Premium subscribers who pay \u20ac49 per year (Prime is called “Premium” in France) with free two-hour deliveries and \u20ac6 for one-hour shipping.https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=D7KRFJpq_KgBesides groceries, the company will ship “thousands” of other products like Kindles and electronics. However, it’s the food deliveries that have Paris and its mayor, Anne Hidalgo, most upset. “This service could seriously destabilize the retail balance in Paris,” she says.***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.