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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

Big Idea

Biometrics will get sports fans back in stadiums

Facial recognition and fingerprint scans could become as common as hot dogs and beer.

By Kade Krichko

Big Idea

Your workouts could charge your smartwatch

New biofuel cell technology can use sweat — and maybe more — to power small electronics.

By Eoin O’Carroll

Future Tense

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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

Society

Soon we’ll be in crowds again. Are we ready?

Gathering again will be a joyous step in collective healing — and it may come more naturally than we think.

By Schuyler Velasco

Stories in Society

Culture

It looks like a saxophone but plays 512 notes — many you’ve never heard before

How a jazz musician created the Infinitone to challenge Western musical ideas.

By Tony Rehagen

Stories in Humans+Robots

Humans+Robots

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

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Humans+Robots

Your brain vs. artificial intelligence

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

Society

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.

Cities+Nature

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?