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Beneath a Bustling University Campus, a Big Cable Is Listening

To spark conversation on ever-more connected cities, designers have visualized the acoustic artifacts of Stanford’s fiber-optic wires.
What’s afoot at Stanford University? The Big Glass Microphone can tell.
What’s afoot at Stanford University? The Big Glass Microphone can tell. Victoria & Albert Museum

Where did you go? How did you get there? And who are you exactly?

Thanks to the much-ballyhooed internet of things, these questions might be answered without you really knowing, as buildings, streets, and lampposts silently monitor human activity nearby.