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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.


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