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Old March 9th, 2007, 06:58 AM   #501
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Well, depends on where you live. The trend has been for the rich to get richer and the poor to get poorer.
In a highly competitive city such as HK it's simple. If you work hard you gain more, if you don't you lose more.
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Old March 9th, 2007, 11:12 AM   #502
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In a highly competitive city such as HK it's simple. If you work hard you gain more, if you don't you lose more.
Wrong. Interest earnings can keep the rich afloat even if they don't work a day of their lives. A modest 6% return on a million USD earns 60k a year. After taxes, it's still a substantial amount of money - enough to sustain a middle class family.

The reason why the rich is getting richer has much to do with wealth generation. A large pool earns a substantial amount even if the return is small. The owner may be sitting at home enjoying life while that big sum of money makes more money. A small pool earns peanuts even if the return is big. A middle class family simply cannot amass enough to live off the money that is earning money. Hence, there is a push around the world to give more to the have-nots, so at least they're self-sustainable, such as through free trade. However, whether the trade is actually 'free' is up to interpretation. The very few are lucky and bright enough to go beyond that and start living off money making money.
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Old March 18th, 2007, 02:26 AM   #503
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Old March 18th, 2007, 03:47 AM   #505
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Old March 18th, 2007, 09:26 AM   #506
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Old March 19th, 2007, 09:39 AM   #508
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What's happening in Tokyo seems to be repeated in other large Japanese cities as well but in a smaller scale. The adoption of advanced technology throughout Japan in general is quite well established.
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Old March 21st, 2007, 07:53 AM   #509
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I plan to go to Japan this coming summer. But other than Tokyo, I plan to concentrate on Hokkaido. I also be visiting Hakodate which is a more laid back city. I would be surprised to see something hi-tech there as well.
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Old March 21st, 2007, 06:14 PM   #510
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Japan's adoption of technology is not limited to urban areas alone. In fact, urbanism is not a major driver of the technology industry. You will still see the same electronics models outside Tokyo and Osaka. You will still find the toilet seats that warm up and squirt water. You will find vending machines everywhere.

Too bad you will miss the ice festivals if you plan to visit in the summer. They have a lot of fun activities during the winter. I myself was debating whether to cover Hokkaido or Northeast China this past winter.
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Old April 25th, 2007, 07:27 PM   #515
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Wi-fi access in the city seems to be an increasingly common feature worldwide :

London's financial district becomes large Wi-Fi network
24 April 2007
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The City of London, the British capital's financial "Square Mile," became one of the biggest wireless hot spots in the world yesterday when Europe's most advanced outdoor Wi-Fi network was switched on.

The new network means that more than 350,000 Londoners - the vast majority of them in the business of stocks, bonds, banking and the like - and millions of visitors now have broadband-speed Internet on demand and on the move via their laptop computers, BlackBerrys, cell phones and media players.

The Square Mile's system utilizes a new "mesh" technology in which radio signals are automatically relayed among 127 Wi-Fi "nodes" that dangle from lampposts, closed-circuit television poles and even street signs, so that communications are uninterrupted across what is billed as the world's leading financial and business center.

For nearly a year, the district's local government and the Cloud information-technology firm that developed the communications network have been testing the system that the company calls "a global benchmark for cities and metro Wi-Fi."

The greater metropolitan London area has an estimated 2,000 or more conventional Internet hot spots, most of them covering major hotels and hundreds of coffee shops. But these require users to log in every time.

The key to the hoped-for success of the City of London's network is that its users will have to log in only once and that their communications should go unbroken - no matter where they are within the net or what they are doing.

The Square Mile "is the biggest hot spot of its kind in Europe as far as we know," Niall Murphy, chief strategy officer for the Cloud, told reporters, "and it is unique, as users keep their signal wherever they are."

"I've used the service in a taxi driving through the City, and I've managed to keep talking," he said.

The service is free for a one-month trial period, and after that it will cost each user about $23.95 a month - a figure unlikely to daunt folks in the Square Mile, where six-figure salaries and often seven-figure bonuses hardly raise an eyebrow.

"We feel it is important to provide this technology to maintain our position as the world's leading financial center," said Michael Snyder, policy committee chairman for the City of London, which provides local government services for the Square Mile and its financial wizards.

The new system, he said, means that "City workers and visitors will be able to use wireless broadband to work more efficiently, staying in touch with their office via hand-held devices while on the move."

Mr. Murphy of the Cloud company, which operates 7,000 smaller Internet hot spots across Britain, Germany and Sweden, said the City of London's network is a leading example of the "metro Wi-Fi networks [that] are changing the faces of towns and cities around the world for both public-access and public-sector applications."

Derek Wyatt, a member of Britain's Parliament, said he was impressed by the network but worried that it would allow users to "make cheap phone calls, surf the Internet .. and even play games over the Internet instead of a mobile phone network"

The Cloud's management says that it has detected a "growing demand for citywide Wi-Fi networks" and that it was "actively engaged" in negotiations with more than 30 cities to install them across Europe during the next two years.

The company estimated that by next year, more than 160 million Wi- Fi-enabled devices will be operating in Western Europe alone.
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Belgrade - City of the Future in Southern Europe

Financial Times has organized European cities and regions of the future for 2006/07 and, after winning the second round, Belgrade was awarded the name City of the future in Southern Europe. The award was received by Mr. Nenad Bogdanović, the mayor of Belgrade. He was accompanied by Ms. Vesna Perić, deputy Director of the Serbia Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SIEPA). SIEPA, together with the USAID’s project – SEDP has nominated Belgrade for this award. Our representatives were informed that the main competitor in this round was the Turkish city Manisa. The region of Southern Europe, where Belgrade is the City of the future, includes Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Turkey and Mediterranean islands (Cyprus, Malta, Sicily, Crete, etc.).


After winning the City of the Future for South-East Central Europe, the Serbian capital has won the second round of this prestigious competition. The award was presented to the mayor of Belgrade Mr. Nenad Bogdanović.

The awards were also given to London (City of the Future in Northern Europe), Paris (City of the Future in Western Europe), Brno (City of the Future in Central Europe), and Baku (City of the Future in Eastern Europe). These five cities are competing for the final award of being named the European city of the future for 2006/07.

The competition for city and regions of the future is given on all continents and is organized by the specialized edition of the Financial Times for foreign and direct investments, FDI Magazine. The title carries a recommendation for the biggest future investment location, by the most recognized financial newspaper in the world. Categories and criteria by which the judges have made their decision are based on economic potential, cost effectiveness, human resources, IT and telecommunications, transport, quality of life and FDI promotion. The final winner of the "European city of the future for 2006/07" contest is London.



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Old April 27th, 2007, 11:38 AM   #517
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I can understand how IT, telecommunications, and transport can affect how futuristic people's lives can get, but economic potential, FDI promotion, and cost effectiveness don't link too well. China, for example, has huge economic potential, and is a big receiver of FDI with a cheap labour pool, yet I don't think people are living very futuristic lives at all. Meanwhile, a developed economy such as Japan has low economic potential because of its matured economy, hence will not get as much FDI, and is a very costly place to operate.
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I would have to say Minneapolis is the most futureristic in the US. not just because of this article http://www.popsci.com/popsci/technol...cbccdrcrd.html
but the way it looks as well.
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Old May 16th, 2007, 08:02 PM   #520
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Not a city(?), but still interesting:

Japan to set up 'wireless island'
Saturday May 12 18:03 AEST

AP - Japan will set up an experimental high-tech wireless zone on one of its islands next year, where sensors will allow doctors to remotely monitor the health of the elderly and alert motorists to nearby pedestrians.

Produce such as vegetables would carry IC tags that could send information such as where they were grown to shoppers' mobile phones, according to Kyodo News agency.

Sensors would monitor the movement of pedestrians and notify nearby drivers, and check the heart rate of elderly people living alone for round-the-clock monitoring by local hospitals, according to the report.

IC tags are tiny computer chips with antennas which can be used to track products.




To test the technology, the government intends to cooperate with telecom carriers, electronics manufacturers, automakers and other companies, the report said. Technology deemed successful will then be offered nationwide.

The wireless zone will likely be set up on the northern island of Hokkaido or southern island chain of Okinawa, where there is less radio wave interference, according to Kyodo. Calls to the ministry for confirmation went unanswered Saturday.

Japan is already a global leader in wireless technology.

A Y1 billion ($A10 million) project in a central Tokyo shopping area uses 1,200 tiny computer chips embedded in lampposts, subway-station ceilings and roads to beam maps and store guides to passers-by.

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