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New companies and growing investment are driving innovation in carbontech.
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The metaverse workforce

Teleportation, holograms, and roaming avatars—this isn’t the latest sci-fi movie, it’s the future of work.
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What is the metaverse? Experts across industries offer their interpretations.
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NFT innovation

What's happening with NFTs? We look at who's buying them, new brand activations and what they spell for the future of retail.
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5G futures

Is the 5G revolution finally here?
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Entering the meta realm

Liminal spaces are opening up new realms for community engagement.
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CogX 2021

At this year's CogX conference, the tech industry sets its sights on getting the next ten years right.
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The great reskill

A new era of employment points to a future of reinvention for the workforce.
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Social media in the Middle East

A deep dive into how social media use is evolving in the Middle East.
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The TikTok business empire

User engagement is diversifying and brand opportunities are growing. What does this mean for the social platform's future?
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Hybrid sports

The sports industry embraces virtual athletics.
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Big Tech becomes Big Health

Big Tech continues its push into healthcare and health management.
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Digital economies

Is the future of finance fully digital?
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Boomer digital migration

From Bumble to Instacart, the baby boomers have entered the chat.
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Prescription gaming

The newest way to administer medication? Through a screen.
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Social gaming

Is gaming the next social media?
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New wave mindfulness

Psychedelic tech meets meditation for the next generation of mindfulness apps.
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Regenerative fashion

Is regenerative agriculture the new fashion fix?
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Carbonomics 2.0

Investment is flooding into the climate tech space, with solutions for carbon emissions drawing focus and funding.
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Building the metaverse

The meta-space race is on as competition to create, define and own the metaverse takes off.
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Digital intimacy

Is there a digital key to long-lasting and healthy relationships?
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Pandemic Social Media

How has COVID-19 impacted social media use?
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Augmented living

A list of the top five recent advancements in augmented lifestyles.
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Short-form content

Is snackable short-form content the next big thing in entertainment?
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Crypto art

Digital masterpieces are setting new standards for luxury.
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New gaming frontiers

Welcome to the metaverse.
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Virtual retail

What's happening with virtual retail? Stay up to date with a roundup of the latest virtual retail activations.
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Digital sustainability

Digital activity is emerging as the next frontier in the sustainability movement.
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Audio social spaces

Are voice-based networking apps the future of social media?
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CES 2021: Key trends

At CES 2021, the tech industry looked beyond innovation in pursuit of a deeper purpose.
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CES 2021: Entertainment upleveled

Immersive entertainment hits new heights as tech leaders race to overhaul the virtual viewing experience.
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CES 2021: Home health havens

Health takes center stage at CES 2021 as the tech industry transforms homes into smart wellness havens.
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CES 2021: Automotive sanctuaries

The car is being elevated into an extension of the home.
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Web Summit 2020: Building Better

At Web Summit 2020, Europe's largest annual tech conference, there was a sense of the familiar amid the unfamiliarity.
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Cloud gaming

Big Tech battles it out in the cloud gaming arena. Game on.
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Next gen mood trackers

Wearables are turning into high tech mood rings to help users manage stress and emotional wellbeing.
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China fintech

China's tech platforms want to help users invest money, too, in addition to spending it.
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Data wellbeing

Let's face it: managing personal data is draining. New self-care solutions hope to help ease the emotional strain.
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Protecting gen Alpha

Digital presence is ubiquitous and increasingly unavoidable. What does that mean for the youngest generations?
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Automated assistants

With industries and whole economies grappling with how to reopen safely, automation offers valuable assistance to human workers.
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Personal protective environments

The next iteration of PPE extends beyond the body.
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Next gen entertainment

Borderless and mixed reality projects are pushing the boundaries of entertainment.
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Virtual activists

Passionate Gen Zers are finding ways to host protests in the digital world.
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Material innovation

New textiles and materials offer an added layer of protection.
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CogX 2020

CogX 2020 set its sights on solving the challenges that the next 10 years will bring.
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Digital nutrition

What is the nutritive value of digital content? New initiatives help consumers build and stick to healthy digital diets.
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Data privacy

Is privacy being sacrificed in the global fight against COVID-19?
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Digital lives

Lifestyle, tourism and wellbeing offerings set up shop in the digital realm.
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Social media metamorphosis

Social media hits a high note in dark times.
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Gaming Champions

Emma Chiu, Global Director of Wunderman Thompson Intelligence, shares how the outbreak of Covid-19 has impacted large gaming events
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CES 2020: Key trends

From "living organism" cars to AI assistants, CES 2020 demonstrated that the tech industry is more human-centric than ever.
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CES 2020: Mindful tech

Spirituality and science merge as the tech industry taps into the mindfulness movement.
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CES 2020: Consumer Experience Show

Experiences and electronics come together at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
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CES 2020: Woven City

Toyota is engineering the urban infrastructure of the future.
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CES 2020 preview

A preview of what's in store at CES 2020.
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Tactile tech

In the future, what will technology feel like?
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Streaming wars 2.0

New services are saturating the market and jostling for position as the next battle of the streaming wars heats up.
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Menotech

Tech startups are innovating for a digitally savvy—yet underserved—generation of menopausal women.
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Anti-bullying gaming

The gaming industry tackles toxicity.
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Protecting digital identities

Brands are stepping in to help consumers protect their digital identities.
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New trend report: Beauty Tech Futures

The future of beauty tech is upon us.
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Solving the surplus

Tech startups are designing sophisticated solutions to tackle global food waste.
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New entertainment formats

Newly emerging avenues for entertainment invite audiences to be a part of the story.
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Facial recognition tech

The privacy debate intensifies as brands embrace biometric tech.
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Gen Z finances

Teaching financial literacy to a digital-native generation.
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Sonic branding

Brands are increasingly spotlighting unique and bespoke sounds in their campaigns and activations.
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Wellness architects

Architects are designing a healthier living environment for wellness-minded consumers.
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Social media safe havens

Platforms are fostering more comfortable opportunities for sharing in the name of authenticity and mental health.
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The digital renaissance

Classic art and digital creation merge to redefine modern artistry.
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AI doctors

AI is changing the face of medicine, giving doctors better tools to detect and diagnose conditions before they arise.
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Data-driven skincare

Is data the latest secret to perfect skin?
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Ride-hailing goes global

Global contenders in the ride-hailing space take on Silicon Valley.
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Gestural packaging

Small, subtle, but oh-so-impactful—a gesture draws attention in packaging design.
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The New Social Media

In a mature social media landscape, a wave of new platforms is emerging to offer multidimensional engagement.
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London Tech Week 2019

London Tech Week addresses the opportunities and challenges of tech innovation as we navigate the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
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CogX 2019: Tech for a Better World

This year's CogX Festival of AI and Emerging Technology put the focus squarely on the role of innovation to create a better world.
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Digital Rx

A new wave of prescription-grade apps is putting the future of medicine in the palms of patients' hands.
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China's new creatives

A new generation of talent is armed with digital-native culture, Western influence and Chinese pride.
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AI: More than human

The Barbican's latest exhibition questions the concepts of humanity and creativity in a digitally steeped world.
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Smart cosmetics

Consumers increasingly expect beauty companies to take the lead in tech innovation to deliver smart, personalized beauty solutions
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Tribeca Immersive 2019: VR and beyond

Storytelling moves from passive entertainment to active participation with the help of digital innovation and alternative formats.
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Bioengineered beauty

Beauty gets biological as the industry embraces biotech brands and engineered ingredients.
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Stressless tech

Cutting-edge responsive systems are tailoring travelers' environments to their emotional states.
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SXSW 2019: Key trends

Blood banks, smashing rooms and political fire were all present at a heated SXSW this year.
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SXSW 2019: Breaking up Big Tech

Is this the end for Big Tech? Politicians ramp up plans to harness tech monopolies in a bid to maintain a fair, competitive market
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SXSW 2019: Virtual Cinema

The Virtual Cinema at SXSW explored new storytelling mediums through the lens of VR, AR and mixed reality.
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The new commute

Peak Uber has arrived.
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Anti-dating apps

Anti-dating apps are helping modern daters heal after heartbreak.
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Purified air: the new luxury

Lifestyle brands are vying to create healthy indoor retreats for consumers, one breath at a time.
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Smart pantries

With consumers turning a keen eye to sustainability, new smart pantry products are making it easier to reduce food waste.
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CES 2019: Beauty tech

Personal-care and beauty brands are turning to tech to add a personalized slant to their offering.
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CES 2019: Key trends

Trends and takeaways from the annual consumer tech extravaganza.
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CES 2019: Robotic assistants

There's a bot for that; Samsung envisions a future where robots will manage key aspects of our daily lives, from health to retail.
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CES 2019: Baby tech

The fourth edition of the BabyTech Summit at CES makes parenthood cool, calm and connected.
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Digital workforce

As virtual and physical worlds continue to merge, a new fleet of digital personalities is poised to transform the workforce.
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East Tech West 2018: Key trends

Amid US-China trade tensions, tech companies and investors paint picture of an irreversibly globalized tech world.
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Web Summit 2018

As a host of startups demonstrated, tech still has the power to inspire wonder.
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China health tech

China's internet giants are determined to improve healthcare for the masses with AI, e-commerce, and even offline clinics.
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Beazley Designs of the Year 2018: design as provocateur

Our world is in flux, but good design can help create a better future.
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2050 China Food Tech Summit: Key Trends

China turns to tech for better and safer food.
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Beauty tech

Cosmetics companies in China are optimizing the makeover for an open-minded, mobile-first generation.
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The picture of health

New apps are using photos to analyze the nutritional content of food, making it easier for consumers to stick to their diets.
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Social media: the new retail

Social media is now encroaching on the commerce space, making shopping easier than ever.
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Smart clothing

Is commercialization of personal data the next frontier for wearable tech?
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Big Tech's handmade aesthetic

Big Tech is honing a reassuringly handcrafted aesthetic
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Femtech innovation

The health tech industry is undergoing a revolution by women, for women.
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Skin tech

Hyper-customization in skincare is reaching a new frontier thanks to startups harnessing both DNA and AI.
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Social media wellbeing

The good, the bad and the ugly sides of social media are unpacked as research questions whether social media is healthy.
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Tribeca Immersive: Virtual storyscapes

Virtual reality pushes the format of storytelling and finds its place in the entertainment industry at Tribeca Film Festival.
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Milan Design Week 2018: Soft-tech

Google made its Milan Design Week debut this year with an installation "that brings to life the sensorial experience of hardware."
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Smart dealerships

As young Chinese are more likely to purchase cars online, the physical dealership is meeting them halfway with digital experiences
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Gamification for social good

A Chinese mobile payments leader is making it fun to donate to charity.
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Drone-topias

A new documentary explores the drone-era city of the future.
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Internet of Eyes and Ears

Smart objects are pervading the home and becoming more intelligent by the day.
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Japan's robot hotels

With tourist numbers surging and labor in short supply, a new hotel chain is making its mark with a staff of robots.
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Transit innovation

Public transport made cool with high-tech sneakers.
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CES 2018: Key trends

From assistive devices to auto innovation, CES 2018 reflected the most notable trends in consumer tech.
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CES 2018: ThirdEye

A new pair of AR specs addresses Alzheimer's disease.
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CES 2018: AI Fertility

Can artificial intelligence (AI) make you pregnant? One company at CES 2018 certainly hopes so.
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CES 2018: Black Box VR

Black Box VR uses virtual reality gaming to upgrade our fitness regime.
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CES 2018 preview

The Innovation Group rounds up a preview of what's in store at CES.
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Trend check: Best of our 2017 predictions

How did our predictions from last year fare? Highlights from marketing, food & drink, beauty and retail.
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The Future 100: 2018

The Future 100: 2018
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Smart cities

Can Silicon Valley design the tech-optimized city of the future?
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Web Summit 2017

The annual conference promised a brave new world—though not without its perils.
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Creative voice tech

New programs from Google and the BBC use voice to steer storytelling with digital assistants.
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New Scientist Live 2017

A celebration of today's most cutting-edge scientific ideas and discoveries.
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Roundup: Tech in Asia Tokyo

In Tokyo, start-ups and venture capitalists converge to challenge workplace norms.
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Personalized retail

"Today, people want something that feels individual to them."
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New trend report: Transcendent Retail

The future of shopping in an immersive, mixed-reality era.
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Sonic experiences

With advanced audio technologies becoming more accessible, sound is offering new sensory experiences.
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The FordHub

Ford reinvents the showroom to sell "mobility," rather than cars.
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Interactive storytelling

Netflix is experimenting with non-linear storytelling in which viewers can control the narrative of a show.
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VR World

Can a new entertainment center help VR reach the mainstream?
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AI gastronomy

MIT uses artificial intelligence to turn images of food into recipes.
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Augmented fashion

Streetwear brands are tapping the creative power of AR.
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Ridhi Tariyal, cofounder, NextGen Jane

Our entire thesis is, if you just mail in this tampon, you can monitor yourself.
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China's voice tech tipping point

Voice technology may be poised for a breakthrough with Chinese consumers.
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Unbound London 2017

London's Unbound festival offered a glimpse of new startups, from sensory pods to subscription jewelry.
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Digital detox design

Can tech products with fewer features help consumers log off?
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Assistive tech

Advances in technology are reinventing accessibility for disabled people in the digital age.
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Next-gen ‘Snaplications’

How will employers reach generation Z job applicants?
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Speak Easy: Global Edition

Speak Easy: Global Edition
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Dating apps IRL

Dating app Bumble has created a physical space, bringing its digital brand to life.
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Esther Perel, author and relationship expert

There's no doubt that the internet increases the pool of possibilities for dating.
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Spotlight: Israel’s startup ecosystem

We profile the technology scene in Israel, where a convergence of factors is driving innovation.
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Facial security

Are consumers ready for facial recognition technology to enter the mainstream?
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Video: Imagining a voice-activated world

A new video from the Innovation Group creates the voice-controlled ecosystem of the future.
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The Future Home

A new exhibit from Unruly imagines the connected home in 2020.
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Drone art

Can brands learn to harness the creative power of drones?
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Augmented cocktails

The world's first augmented reality cocktail menu shows new possibilities for immersive dining.
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Speak Easy: New videos from the Innovation Group

Experts answer: How can brands thrive in a voice-activated world?
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Brain-computer interfaces

"What if you could type directly from your brain?"
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Last Moments

Virtual reality experiences are redefining storytelling by taking consumers on ever more emotional journeys.
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Milan Design Week 2017: Invisible tech

These days, technology is looking less like itself—instead, it's beginning to resemble everyday furniture.
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New trend report: Speak Easy

A new report from the Innovation Group London shows brands how to thrive in a voice-activated world.
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SXSW 2017: Rise of creative technology

This year's event featured an expanded presence for creative technologists.
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SXSW 2017: Key trends

Brands took a critical look at technology's role in the future at a slightly subdued SXSW.
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SXSW 2017: The Wow Factory

Sony introduced festival-goers to a range of experiential technology at SXSW.
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SXSW 2017: NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism

Visual artists at SXSW are using new media to expand discussions of diversity at the festival.
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SXSW 2017: Bolt Threads

The world's first neckties made of spider silk demonstrate sustainable bio-manufacturing in practice.
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Toy Fair 2017: Key trends

The New York Toy Fair offered a microcosm of trends in children's products.
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AI learns new tricks

A bot has beaten the world's top poker players, a milestone showing that AI can work with incomplete information.
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Haptic ads

Touch technologies are adding a new dimension to mobile advertising.
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Nail tech

Technology is opening up new possibilities for nail art.
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The New Old

An exhibit now on view at the Design Museum in London explores the role design can play in improving later life.
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Silicon Valleywood

Amazon and Netflix are reaping the benefits of original content as the tech world continues its rush into media.
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Mobile eSports

The field of competitive video gaming is turning toward mobile as its platform of choice.
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CES 2017: Key trends

Fifty years since the inception of CES, "consumer electronics" doesn't begin to describe the full scope of the event.
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CES 2017: The year of voice

Improvements in natural language processing have set the stage for a revolution in how we interact with tech.
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CES 2017: Maternal tech

Willow is among several companies at CES focused on meeting the needs of new moms.
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Selfie healthcare

Advances in computer vision and facial recognition are turning the smartphone camera into a powerful diagnostic aid.
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CES 2017: Health meets mobility

Auto companies at CES explored how emerging tech could boost drivers' health.
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CES 2017: Intel’s VR visions

The company showed off advances in volumetric capture, VR live streaming, and "merged reality."
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CES 2017: Customized cruises

Carnival has announced a wearable device to enhance the customer experience on its cruise ships.
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Live video evolves

Live streaming took off in 2016. Has the platform reached its peak?
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Augmented identity

Blippar's new facial recognition feature allows people to identify others through their smartphone cameras.
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The Glass Room

A new exhibit looks at consumer privacy in the age of big data.
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The Future 100: Trends and Change in 2017

The Innovation Group has launched our annual forecast of consumer trends to watch in the coming year.
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Quantified blood

As we move further into the era of the quantified self, no metric is off limits for health-conscious consumers.
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Web Summit 2016

Web Summit 2016 inevitably had a political edge, as the US election day fell in the middle of it.
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One-touch authentication

NFC and blockchain technologies are allowing consumers to authenticate products.
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Human-based search

New Q&A apps shift search away from algorithms and back toward people.
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Tech for change

At this year's WIRED conference, technology entrepreneurs were dialed in to how they might tackle world issues.
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Augmented reality evolves

The success of Pokémon Go points toward a bright future for AR.
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Digital fertility

A medical-grade contraception app is offering choices for women tired of the pill.
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The Innovation Group launches Women, Next

Our double-length report offers a road map for brands that want to connect with the future female consumer.
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Branded audio

Inventive brands see podcasting as the next frontier of content marketing.
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Tactile payments

Scrip is a beautiful device that adds a human element to cashless payments.
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Bionic athletes

The world's first Cybathlon celebrates assistive technology.
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Platonic dating apps

Dating apps are betting that users are ready to swipe right on their new BFF.
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Skinterfaces

Scientists are on the verge of turning human skin into the next frontier of wearable tech.
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Connected in crisis

When a crisis strikes, Airbnb and Facebook enable local communities to help.
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Audio-reactive tech

Wearables are redefining music by introducing physical sensations.
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High-tech beauty

As tech infiltrates the beauty industry, the future looks good.
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The Lab at Panorama

A new music festival makes space for the emerging stars of experiential tech.
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Interactive bodies

Interactive acrylic nails for commuters point toward our cyborg future.
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Rio 2016: Tech preview

The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio will push new limits of innovation for the world's biggest sporting event.
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Adaptive hearables

Self-learning "hearables" are using ambient noise and interactivity to personalize music.
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Droid delivery

Self-driving delivery robots are hitting the streets of the UK, Germany and Switzerland.
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“Hyper-Reality” experiences

A Ghostbusters-themed attraction points the way toward new forms of immersive entertainment.
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Cannes 2016: The new immersion

Creators have hardly begun to explore the possibilities of storytelling in VR.
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Cannes 2016: Creativity and machine learning

This year at Cannes Lions, judges are recognizing work at the intersection of AI and advertising.
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Holographic storytelling

The stories of Holocaust survivors are brought to life with the help of interactive 3D technologies.
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Gender-expansive tech

Silicon Valley is creating games and apps that reflect a broader range of identities.
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The Innovation Group launches Control Shift

The latest report from the Innovation Group Europe unpacks the relationship between control, innovation and consumer engagement.
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Reborn with AI

Legendary adman David Ogilvy will give a posthumous interview using artificial intelligence.
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Smart shoes

EasyJet's new smart shoes guide travelers as they wander through new cities.
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Manus x Machina: Fashion in an age of technology

Manus x Machina: Fashion in an age of technology
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Tribeca Film Festival: Storytelling without boundaries

Programming across the Tribeca Film Festival reflected storytelling innovation.
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Conversational Commerce

Amazon, Uber and Sephora are reaching customers over natural-language platforms.
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Versions 2016: Trends in virtual reality and culture

The Innovation Group reports on key trends from Versions, the "first festival on creativity and VR."
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SXSW 2016: Key trends

This year's South by Southwest threw the spotlight on government, gender equality and more.
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Unread Messages

A new installation uses speculative products to explore the social and ethical implications of tech.
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SXSW 2016: McDonald’s VR Loft

McDonald's succeeds at SXSW with a simple but captivating virtual reality experience.
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Rebooting Healthcare

AI company DeepMind is building technology to save lives on a grand scale.
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The Innovation Group at SXSW Interactive 2016

We're headed to Austin to present on the future for brands in Cuba, Gen Z and gender, and food trends.
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Activist Wearables

A fashion accessory with a social mission challenges the function of wearable tech.
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Drone racing takes off

The new sci-fi sport finds a global audience.
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Brands get emotional

Brands are using emotionally intelligent services to enhance their understanding of consumers.
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Second-screen wars heat up

Tech giants compete for second-screen time during big events.
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CES 2016: Coding toys

New toys from Lego and Fisher-Price prove it's never too early to learn coding.
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CES 2016: Key trends

From streaming entertainment to the smart home, CES 2016 reflected an accelerating pace of innovation in tech.
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CES 2016: Syfy Labs

The Syfy network is using 3D printing, virtual reality and the Internet of Things to augment storytelling.
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CES 2016: PicoBrew

A new device automates craft brewing for beer enthusiasts.
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CES 2016: Connected devices drive social good

Whirlpool's new connected washing machine donates to charity with each use.
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CES 2016: Longevity wearables

Mio Global says its new activity metric can help consumers extend their lives through wearable tech.
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CES 2016: IoT and chill

Smart refrigerators from LG and Samsung demonstrated burgeoning trends at CES 2016.
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CES 2016: Sustainability nudging

Hydrao is a new smart shower head that gently helps consumers conserve water.
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CES 2016: Return of the music player?

French startup Prizm hopes to revive interest in dedicated music players for the digital era.
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Regeneration Rising

Emerging Trends Unlock Opportunities for a Sustainable Future
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The Future 100: 2021

Trends Shaping Culture and Economies
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Generation Z

Building a Better Normal
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Back in the Game

Post-Pandemic Trends & Futures
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