YOUTH NOW

Young people have the power to dominate U.S. policy, but they’ve been sidelined for years. Will they vote in November? It depends.

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An enormous voting bloc is about to come of age.

By 2020, 27 percent of the U.S. electorate — some 54 million people — will be between the ages of 18 and 29. This group, comprising the trailing edge of millennials and the first crop of voting-age Gen Zers, represented less than 20 percent of the voting population in the 2016 election. They’re now gaining the electoral muscle to determine the course of U.S. policy for decades to come.

That future should be progressive. In poll after poll, these voters lean far left of their elders. The bulk of them…


FUTURE HUMAN

A 24-year-old MIT student has developed wearable tech he can control with his mind. The question is what we’ll do with it.

Photo: Lorrie Lejeune/MIT

In early April, MIT research assistant Arnav Kapur, 24, uploaded a short on YouTube. The clip showed him moving around campus in various settings wearing a white plastic contraption wrapped around the right side of his face.

As he walked by rows of bikes parked next to mounds of melting snow, his lips were closed while his inner thoughts flashed as words on the screen. “Time?” it read. A male voice responded, “10:35 a.m.” In the next scene, Kapur was shopping in a bodega. The prices of the things he tossed into his shopping cart — toilet paper, an…

Rachel Slade

Boston-based journo and author of "Into the Raging Sea" (Ecco/HarperCollins 2018) about the 2015 sinking of the cargo ship El Faro.

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