One attempt by Big Tech to shape the future fell by the wayside, or sidewalk, over the weekend, as Google’s Sidewalk Labs decided to abandon its attempt at creating a smart city in Toronto.

When the project was unveiled in 2017, then-Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt said it was the “culmination of almost 10 years of thinking about how technology could improve people’s lives”, but it turns out he is more interested in reshaping New York than the Canadian city.