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Published: Sunday, 4 July 2021

Are smart cities sinister?

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How would you feel if every moment of your daily routine was tracked, from what you buy to where you go and who you’re with? Welcome to the smart city of the future. This new film from BBC Ideas is fascinating (and scary).


  1. Imagine that you are an architect and have been tasked with designing a futuristic skyscraper. Draw out your design and label the special features it has. Try to make your building as distinctive, unique and exciting as possible.
  2. Do some research into the “internet of things”. What uses can it be put to? What are the potential benefits of the technology? Are there any possible drawbacks?

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