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Pushing the right buttons

People were once terrified of travelling in lifts without operators. Makers of driverless cars should take note, says Tom Standage

How to email a cat

Pneumatic tubes were once a vital part of communications networks in London, New York and Paris, says Tom Standage

Cast from the past

The Victorians discovered a way to install the world’s great monuments in museum galleries. It was, argues Tom Standage, an incipient form of virtual reality

Crossed wires

The first transatlantic cable was seen as a folly and a hoax. But, says Tom Standage, it heralded the greatest communications revolution in history