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Hear your grandmother’s voice, reconstructed

Voice synthesizing technology may someday mimic loved ones — even when they’re no longer alive to speak.

By Stav Dimitropoulos


What do you want to dream about? Soon, you may be able to choose.

Dream engineering harnesses virtual reality and sensory cues — and could have helpful effects while we’re awake, too.

By Hannah Thomasy


Future Tense


The pandemic saved the fast food industry

Burger King and McDonald’s deliver low-contact, standardized food. Fine dining is taking notes.

By Kara Baskin

Life with AI

Big Idea

Afraid your toaster is spying on you? Call on this digital gatekeeper.

A new kind of advocate AI could protect our privacy against smart devices' cameras and microphones.

By Glenn McDonald


One of Japan’s most beloved pop stars is a hologram

Hatsune Miku has released 100,000 songs — all created by her fans.

By Tony Rehagen

Stories in Culture


Mom and dad aren’t in the car, but they’re still watching

Parents are using new apps to spy on their teenage drivers. Teens are fighting back.

By Glenn McDonald

Stories in Cities+Nature


With a settlement named ‘Pandemic,’ housing activists in Cape Town are tackling inequality

In South Africa, housing is a right — so occupiers are claiming it on golf courses and government lands.

By Ryan Lenora Brown and Vincent Lali

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Your brain vs. artificial intelligence

To understand how AI works, you have to understand human cognition, and recognize the processes we take for granted.


What would you do? Take an immigrant’s journey.

Here are eight immigrant stories, told through composite characters but based on real laws and historically documented scenarios. Follow their paths, and see how you would respond to the choices they faced.


See how your choices add up for the climate

When planning a wedding, taking a trip, or hosting a dinner party, which trade-offs are you willing to make to reduce your carbon footprint?