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Pseudo-techblog where the Corsarius gets serious. Visit blog.corsarius.net for his alter ego.

Korea Building Tech-Paradise City

Thursday, October 27, 2005 at 2:30 AM


Rising in South Korea is New Songdo, which ACM Technews describes as an
"ubiquitous city where data is shared by all key information systems, and where residences, office buildings, and streets have built-in computers". Sounds pretty much like a techie's haven, though of course 'shared data' reeks of citizen privacy issues.

According to the article:
"...A smart-card house key will be the starting point of U-life: The key can be used to access public transit, process transactions, borrow free materials, etc...New Songdo residents [are foreseen to enjoy] universal wireless access to their digital content and property, video on demand, and videoconferencing calls with neighbors."

Wow. I believe "U-life" here pertains to Ubiquitous-Life, the lifestyle for the New Songdo "U-City".

You can read a New York Times article here, though you''ll need to have an account to view it. (Don't worry, registration is free.)

Also, here's a Google search on New Songdo, for those who are really interested and don't mind doing a little bit of research.

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Blogger ia @ 10/27/2005 2:31 AM

Well that's a step to unification. Nation-wise I mean. How soon will this be? This is i too bleeding-edge no matter where you are in the world. It's sort of fun to think that we're supposed to get there, but how do you get past all the bureaucracy and privacy gunk? I wonder what Vint and Bob have to say about this. ;) Especially about the information thing.    



Blogger Corsarius @ 10/27/2005 2:55 AM

to ia: The article actually cited New Songdo as some sort of 'experimenting ground', which is improbable to have in the Western world because of the privacy/copyright issues tied to shared data.

And yes, "too bleeding-edge" is the apt phrase for this 'U-City'. :)    



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