Money Machines


This series examines the tools, technologies and systems that drive and shape the forces of money and finance in the twenty-first century economy.


The rise of the Internet and digital computing has irreversibly altered the course of modern finance capitalism. Yet, the underlying dynamic of technological innovation driving economic change is nothing new. Monetary and financial systems have historically both influenced, and been influenced, by the dominant social, physical and legal machines of their age. This series seeks to explore a number of such contemporary ‘money machines,’ ranging from e-money and mobile payments systems through to central banking and campaign finance, in order to better understand the dynamics and trajectory of the twenty-first century economy.