South Korea was chosen for the test because, in the words of the city’s developers, “There is an historical expectation of less
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
This is their idea of a better world? What will happen to traditional notions of privacy in an “Everyware” world? Could individuals and
dissidents potentially be electronically blacklisted and denied access to cashless payment systems and transit systems as if they were a banned web
page in the “internet of things”? This is about power. Total power. Total control. This is really about the state trying to become God. It remains
to be seen whether the ubiquitous computing infrastructure can be fully realized, but it is a technological trend with vastly important implications
that is worth keeping an eye on.
edit on 7-1-2011 by RUSSO because: (no reason given)
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