A new generation of cities are being wired up to control themselves by harnessing huge quantities of real-time data. But by turning a city onto autopilot, are we in danger of losing what makes it human?
From smart cities to mass surveillance, our December issue – out on 1 November – looks at the complex relationship between democracy and big data
The way that corporations styled themselves in the 1960s and 70s was ruled by big books full of the smallest details, says Steve Parnell
The history of computing isn’t a triumphal progress from Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine to the new MacBook Pro. In his book about vapourware, Paul Atkinson looks at designs that were too ahead of their time, ones that didn’t work, or were even fictional