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A robot sculpts a recreation of the Ancient Greek work Laocoon and his Sons, which was exhibited in Linz last year. Ars Electronica/Flickr

Robot sculpture, coming to a gallery near you

Artists invented the word 'robot', but now robots are becoming artists, or at least assistants, themselves. As robots get smarter, artists will find more and more uses for them, particularly in sculpture.
Voice authentication technology could be used to increase blockchain security. Merrill College of Journalism/flickr

The blockchain could have better security than the banks

Providing security in the blockchain would convert into a degree of predictability in the technology. If this was shown to work in the long term, it would also create trust.
The role ‘creepshots’ have in the denigration of women, and broader questions concerning privacy, the body, and public spaces, need to be considered. Shutterstock

Explainer: what are ‘creepshots’ and what can we do about them?

'Creepshots' are provoking questions concerning rights to privacy in public, and ethical concerns regarding technology and bodily autonomy.
Prometheus statue at Rockefeller Center, Manhattan. The inscription behind it is a paraphrase of Aeschylus that reads: “Prometheus, teacher in every art, brought the fire that hath proved to mortals a means to mighty ends”. Wikimedia

Internet of Things: between panacea and paranoia

How the idea of a hyper-connected society could quickly go from utopia to dystopia and why neither scenario is likely to last.
Tabatha Bundesen’s pet Tardar Sauce became an Internet sensation known as “Grumpy Cat” for a resting facial appearance that resembles a look of dissatisfaction. Now, scientists are starting to be able to read animal emotions from their expressions. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Animal emotions stare us in the face — are our pets happy?

Scientists are beginning to link animal facial expressions to emotions, making it possible for us to understand how they feel.
Future food will shift to alternative proteins such as insects, like this 3D-printed biscuit made of insect flour by designer Penelope Kupfer. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Bugging out: How we’ll feed ourselves in 2167

Climate change, insects and urban farm towers are a few things that will change how and what we eat in the future.
The future of citizenship is more distributed, interactive and local than dealing with central government through new technology. That may be sad news for those who wish to interact with the likes of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in virtual reality if not in person. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

Canada in 150 years: People power will shake up society

The disruptive impact of intelligent machines and new social movements will force us to remake citizenship into a more personal pursuit over the next 150 years.
Canada in 2167 could see genetically engineered humans living alongside sentient machines in cities radically altered by ecological change. (Shutterstock)

Humans in 2167: Internet implants and no sleep

By 2167, genetically designed, digitally enhanced humans with Internet-connected brains will live with intelligent machines in a transformed environment and maybe even among the stars.
The first iPhone was more a hand-held computer than anything else. AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek

Understanding the real innovation behind the iPhone

The iPhone changed the game not because of the technical details of the device, but rather as a result of its creators' imagination and courage.
William Shatner as Star Trek’s Captain James T. Kirk is depicted on a commemorative stamp issued by Canada Post in 2016. Handout/Canada Post

Energy fuels Star Trek economy

Canada's economy faces a radical shift as abundant energy and resources could propel the country toward a Star Trek future.
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What are digital social innovations?

Digital social innovations are often associated with positive meanings, like openness and collaboration. But to better define the concept, it's essential to disentangle it from its positive aura.

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