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South Korea was chosen for the test because, in the words of the city’s developers, “There is an historical expectation of less privacy.”
The U-Life South Korea plans to spend $25 billion on New Songdo, the world's largest "ubiquitous city," with computers linking home life and life on its streets. Construction, 40 miles from Seoul, is to be done in 2014.
“Imagine public recycling bins that use radio-frequency identification technology to credit recyclers every time they toss in a bottle; pressure-sensitive floors in the homes of older people that can detect the impact of a fall and immediately contact help; cellphones that store health records and can be used to pay for prescriptions.
These are among the services dreamed up by industrial-design students at California State University, Long Beach, for possible use in New Songdo City, a large “ubiquitous city” being built in South Korea.
Much of this technology was developed in U.S. research labs, but there are fewer social and regulatory obstacles to implementing them in Korea,” said Mr. Townsend [a research director at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, California], who consulted on Seoul’s own U-city plan, known as Digital Media City. “There is an historical expectation of less privacy. Korea is willing to put off the hard questions to take the early lead and set standards.”
January 6th, 2011 at 2:17 pm
Teacher at university Berlin: “-Where did the jewish neighbor go?”
Gestapo man: “-We sent them to a country farm for designated work!”
20XX The Planet Earth
Joe Average: “-Where did Pete and Mikey go?”
DHS Goon: “-Their over at Cry Freedom Getto doing designated work!”