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A look at how technologies from AR/VR, brain-computer interfaces, and chip implants to health trackers, biometrics and social media are changing the most basic aspects of human life—work, friendship, love, aging, sickness, parenting, learning, and building community.

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The US military is trying to read minds

A new DARPA research program is developing brain-computer interfaces that could control “swarms of drones, operating at the speed of thought”. What if it succeeds?

Photo illustration of soldier and brain interfaces
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Jarhead author: Drones and robots won’t make war easier—they’ll make it worse

Technology makes fighting war easier and more palatable—but it dangerously changes the nature of the fight, argues a US Marine veteran.

Swofford in army clothing holding a gun
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Machine vision has learned to use radio waves to see through walls and in darkness

An algorithm uses radio waves rather than visible light to detect what people are up to without revealing what they look like.

Action recognition output showing figures kicking and patting on back
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I tried to hack my insomnia with technology. Here’s what worked.

Fancy trackers and headbands are all part of a growing sleep-tech industry. I decided to put them to the test.

Conceptual illustration of a woman catching z's in a net that looks like a smartphone.
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