South Korea is surely emerging and taking the world by storm, in every possible way you can imagine. Just think in terms of culture (K-pop and sappy dramas), technology (Samsung), and automobiles (Kia and Hyundai), need I say more?
To top it off, they are spearheading the world in building (from scratch) a smart city where invisible infrastructures are available to increase energy efficiency and connect much of the city’s systems to monitoring devices that would allow for better monitoring of energy use, traffic, water and even waste (Williamson 2013). It sounds very much like a sci-fi movie we would see on the silver screens, but the unimaginable is taking place. Yes, that is right, it is happening- advanced videoconferencing technology is allowing Songdo residents to access a wide range of services including remote health care, beauty consulting and remote learning, as well as touch screens that enable them to control their unit’s energy use (Stokols 2014).
The city of the future is currently home to organizations like the Korean branch of the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, and the Green Climate Fund although still mainly underpopulated. This may be due to the affordability factor in achieving social and environmental sustainability in smart cities. It is true then that everything comes with a price tag eh?
Linking Songdo, South Korea back to our final lecture on the Internet of Things, the city is the epitome of connecting physical objects to the Internet to change and alter almost every aspect of life. Today, the way we experience places, perceive objects, understand identity, connect socially, and basically be human have changed tremendously, thanks to the rapidly growing tech world.
Stokols, A 2014, Songdo style: How wise is Korea’s ‘smart city’?, Korea Joongang Daily, August 26, accessed 24/10/2014, http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=2994022
Williamson, L 2013, Tomorrow’s cities: Just how smart is Songdo?, BBC News, 2 September, accessed 24/10/2014, http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-23757738