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 30th \u2013 Stop Eating Bacon\u00a0looks at the WHO’s new warnings on read meat and cancer, robot motorcyclists, Google connecting the world with Project Loon, an amazing\u00a0desktop biolab, and how Magic Leap is making VR more real.The WHO’s new warnings about bacon and cancer,\u00a0explainedThe WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (known as the IARC) is tasked with evaluating potential human carcinogens, looking at everything from certain chemicals and herbicides to cigarette smoke and wifi. Based on the best available research evidence, the agency then classifies these items and behaviors as either definitely, probably, or possibly cancer-causing in humans.On Monday, the IARC announced their findings on meat and cancer in the journal Lancet Oncology. They focused mainly on two types of meat: 1) Processed meats, which are transformed by salting, curing, or fermentation. This includes everything from hotdogs and bacon, to lunch meats like salami and prosciutto; 2) Unprocessed red meats, such as beef, veal, pork, lamb, and goat.Consumption of processed meat \u2014 including hot dogs, bacon, and lunch meats \u2014 can definitely increase the risk of cancer, according to a new statement from a World Health Organization research agency.The group also announced that eating unprocessed red meat, such as beef or lamb, can “probably” cause cancer, but the evidence here is less convincing.This is the direst warning on meat yet, although other major health organizations, including the scientific advisory committee for the US Dietary Guidelines, had previously recommended that Americans cut down on their meat consumption.The evidence of harm mostly relates to colorectal (colon and rectal) cancers in people who regularly eat meat. While the overall cancer risk is small, it increases depending on the amount of meat a person eats.Via VoxYamaha’s robot motorcycle rider could challenge real racersHumans might not be the fastest things on two wheels before long. Yamaha has unveiled\u00a0Motobot, a robot designed to ride superbikes much like you would — it even has to twist the throttle to get moving. This initial version travels slowly and needs training wheels to avoid tipping over in a turn, so it’s not about to compete on the MotoGP circuit just yet. However, Yamaha ultimately hopes to get Motobot blasting along at more than 120MPH on a race track. It goes so far as to put racing legend Valentino Rossi on notice, as you’ll see in the promo video below.Via EngadgetGoogle’s Project Loon internet balloons to circle EarthGoogle believes it is on course to have enough internet-beaming balloons in the stratosphere to form a ring over part of the world next year.\u00a0It told the BBC the move would let it trial a continuous data service to people living below the balloons’ path.The declaration coincides with the announcement that three of Indonesia’s mobile networks intend to start testing Project Loon’s transmissions next year.Via BBCJulie Legault’s Amino bio-engineering kit creates a bacterial TamagotchiCanadian designer Julie Legault has developed a desktop biolab to make synthetic biology more accessible, allowing users to hack DNA at home and monitor the progress of their creations.\u00a0Legault described the Amino kit \u2013 which was developed with the MIT Media Lab and has been successfully funded through Indiegogo \u2013 as “a bit like an Arduino for synthetic biology”.It comes as a square wooden box with a hinged plastic lid, similar to that on a record player. Amino contains everything required for users to undertake their own synthetic biology experiments at home \u2013 including bacteria, DNA, food, sensors and tools.Via DezeenMagic Leap Gets More RealThis past week Magic Leap shared a new video that is from directly through the system and this time they say it\u2019s real virtual reality:Here a chat with\u00a0Rony Abovitz, Graeme Devine, and Neal Stephenson \u00a0from the Magic Leap team.One other gif was leaked as well \u2013 if this can happen it changes everything (see the full gif here)Via nikolasbadminton.comSee the last 4 week\u2019s Top-5 Futures here:Top-5 Futures for October 23rd \u2013 Humans in 1000 YearsTop-5 Futures for October 16th \u2013 Bikinis and Killer Mosquito SwarmsTop-5 Futures for October 9th \u2013 The Future of WearablesTop-5 Futures for October 2nd \u2013 Robot Revolution***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.