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 I read through dozens of blogs and news websites to find those things that we should be aware of.Top-5 Futures for October 16th – Bikinis and Killer Mosquito Swarms. This week we see bikinis that clean the oceans, how killer mosquito swarms in Alaska need to be avoided, floating greenhouses, light powered contact lenses, and using Lego as an urban planning tool.This 3D printed bathing suit will clean the ocean while you swim We live in a time when climate issues are real but so are the technologies that could potentially help rectify some of the harm we have caused our planet. Meet the SpongeSuit, a 3D printed bikini that has built-in nanotechnology that cleans the ocean while you swim. This eco friendly bikini recently won the first prize in the Reshape15 Wearable Technology competitionThe SpongeSuit is\u00a0\u201cswimwear that is environmentally proactive, economically sustainable and intelligently manufactured combining cutting edge 3D printing and nano-scale clean-tech material research.\u201d The suit is designed to clean the ocean\u00a0\u201cone stroke at a time\u201d.Via DesignersOfThingsArctic Warming Produces Mosquito Swarms Large Enough to Kill Baby CaribouApparently, because of the earlier thawing of the permafrost, and the increasing amount of permafrost that is melting each, each because of climate change, the Alaska state bird, aka the mosquito, is swarming in unprecedented numbers. The article tells us that mosquitos can kill a baby caribou calf by draining its blood, because the calf is already weakened by the scarcity of food sources also attributable to climate change.Here\u2019s a video, showing mosquitos swarming in Alaska and annoying a baby owl and a herd of caribou.Via EcoWatchThis floating greenhouse may be the future of our foodArchitects\u2019 visions for the future often take the shape of costly, large-scale utopias. Most of them never get built, others quickly turn into white elephants, decadent buildings in the future they were trying to anticipate. Yet a recent project seems to belong to a different breed.Composed of a wood and plastic dome and a base of recycled plastic drums, the Jellyfish Barge is a floating greenhouse that desalinates seawater to irrigate and grow plants. Mimicking the natural phenomenon of the water cycle, one solar panel located by the base of the barge heats up the salted or polluted water and makes it evaporate, turning it into 150 liters per day of clean, fresh water. This water gets recycled over and over into a hydroponic system, which allows crops to grow in an inert bed of clay enriched by mineral nutrients.Via QuartzGoogle\u2019s Light-Powered Contact Lenses to Serve As Added Layer of InteractivityGoogle\u00a0wants to build contact lenses that charge wirelessly and communicate with other devices, and in a patent granted this month, they\u00a0shows off plans to build contact lenses that are powered by and communicate through light pulses. The patent, numbered 9158133, gives a peek on the role contact lenses can play in the future.The idea is that these\u00a0contact lenses will be light-powered. Using embedded cells that turn light into an electronic current, these contact lenses don\u2019t need wired charging. They can use solar power or harvest energy from a beam of light. The patent does not mention batteries so these contacts have to constantly generate power.Via PSFKUsing Legos as a Legitimate Urban Planning ToolMIT researchers unveiled something earlier this month that will please toddlers and serious urban planners alike. It\u2019s a model of Dudley Square\u2014a neighborhood in the greater Boston area\u2014about the size of a kitchen table. The roads, sidewalks, bus stations, and buildings are all made out of Lego blocks. Wee Lego figures represent pedestrians. Laid over it all is a computer-generated projection of the actual neighborhood, filling in the details of current green space and traffic in Dudley Square.The project is a collaboration between the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, the Changing Places group at the MIT Media Lab, and the Barr Foundation, all of whom are are using the new tool to test how bus-rapid transit systems could affect the city. The test includes three components, each representing the city of Boston on a different scale. There\u2019s the Lego model of Dudley Square, another 3-D model (also made of Legos) of a Boston street, and a touchscreen interface to illustrate the potential effects of different plans on a regional scale\u2014such as how changes to public transit might affect people\u2019s access to jobsWork-in-progress #ar #lego transit planning platform. @MITCities @BarrFdn pic.twitter.com\/OaEu3XBHB5\u2014 Phil Tinn (@TinnPhil) October 1, 2015Via The VergeSee the last 4 week\u2019s Top-5 Futures here:Top-5 Futures for October 9th \u2013 The Future of WearablesTop-5 Futures for October 2nd \u2013 Robot RevolutionTop-5 Futures for September 25th \u2013 3D Printed FashionTop-5 Futures for September 18th \u2013 Super Zombie Soldiers***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.