There's something comforting about the wispy metaphor for the network that underpins most aspects of our daily lives, says James Bridle. It's easy to forget the reality of its vast physical infrastructure
The designer's films offer a glimpse into a nightmarish sci-fi future in which every surface, appliance and inch of peripheral vision fizzes with data – an onslaught that might be just a couple of years away. Designers, he says, must shape this world – or be shaped by it
Thinkers in art, technology, fashion and product design are responding to the threat of mass surveillance with a range of privacy-conscious gadgets that have a distinctly villainous aesthetic
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?
Watch the designer's films that depict a future in which a virtual layer of data is a continual presence in our lives