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This box can read your thoughts! Just kidding. Artist's rendering of a data-collecting sensor box in Chicago. (Douglas Pancoast and Satya Mark Basu/School of the Art Institute)

Fifty of Chicago’s lampposts will be outfited with sensors that track light, sound, air quality and other environmental variables, and individual movement from smartphones, as part of an Urban Center for Computation and Data project called the “Array of Things,” in which collected data is made available online for both the public and government to use.

The weatherproofed boxes will be placed on eight Michigan Ave. intersections, with the rest in the downtown areas, according to the Chicago Tribune. Each box contains a dozen sensors to log data that can be used by app developers, researchers, scientists and the government. There are no guidelines as to how the data can or will be used.

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