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Instagram turns 20 on this day in 2030

The ‘photo filtering app’ has changed dramatically — and changed the world around it

Imagine a world without YouTube

A strange interstellar object is coming to Earth in this excerpt from The Last Astronaut

A starfighter pilot awakens in an unwelcome future in this excerpt from Velocity Weapon

Dive into a new sci-fi anthology set in the world’s oceans

Love in the time of video games and Discord

Better Worlds: a science fiction project about hope

An AI video game moderator goes rogue in “Machine of Loving Grace”

A story from Better Worlds, our science fiction project about hope

Katherine Cross on moderating online gaming communities and artificial intelligence

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A story from Better Worlds, our science fiction project about hope

Elizabeth Bonesteel on the connecting power of virtual reality

Skin City

A story from Better Worlds, our science fiction project about hope

Kelly Robson on burlesque and privacy in a futuristic Toronto

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A spacecraft carries precious cargo to a new planet in “A Sun Will Always Sing”

A story from Better Worlds, our science fiction project about hope

Karin Lowachee on how humanity can peacefully coexist with AI

Wake Word: A game about the ridiculous future of bad AI

Augmented reality helps decode a global hallucination in “The Burn”

Peter Tieryas on first contact and the importance of empathy

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The god box: an oral history of Avatara

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A trash garden is paradise and prison in Rivers Solomon’s story, “St. Juju”

A story from Better Worlds, our science fiction project about hope

Rivers Solomon on colonialism, the apocalypse, and fascinating fungus

Cadwell Turnbull on the implications of a collectively owned AI system

An AI combats hurricane season in “Monsters Come Howling in Their Season”

A story from Better Worlds, our science fiction project about hope

John Scalzi on machine learning and remembering our favorite pets

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Two engineers try to make an immortal dog in John Scalzi’s “A Model Dog”

A story from Better Worlds, our science fiction project about hope

Leigh Alexander on finding joy and connection online

An e-pet reunion takes an unexpected turn in “Online Reunion”

A story from Better Worlds, our science fiction project about hope

Justina Ireland on how systems create oppression and how to break free

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An open-source rocket could reshape society in “A Theory of Flight”

A story from Better Worlds, our science fiction project about hope

Google Home will play music and sound effects when you read Disney storybooks

Snapchat will debut a longform sci-fi thriller story told in a series of texts

An imagined tale of how Silicon Valley, looking for its next edge, fell for a parasite