Russia To Adopt Universal ID Card in 2012. 2012 will be the year of universal ID cards in Russia.
For all those conspiracy theorists out there, 2012 just got a little more ominous. As required by legislation passed this last summer, Russia will adopt a universal ID card starting next year. The Universal Electronic Card (UEC) is intended to eventually replace all local, regional, and national forms of ID, providing a central database through which Russians can access everything from medical insurance to ATMs. According to the official website, the UEC will be adopted by around 1000 national and regional services along with about 10,000 commercial enterprises. The mayor of Moscow has already declared it will be able to handle public transportation there, and we can expect similar adoptions throughout the nation.
Ostensibly, the UEC is designed to push the Russian ID system into the 21st century. Examples of how the UEC will work. There are some real benefits here. Contact Lens? Or...Mouse?? Contact Lens Kinda Makes You Cyborgy This one’s kinda hard to swallow so take a deep breath, open your minds, and pretend it’s 2100.
I CONTACT is essentially a mouse fitted to your eyeball. The lens is inserted like any other normal contact lens except it’s laced with sensors to track eye movement, relaying that position to a receiver connected to your computer. Theoretically that should give you full control over a mouse cursor. I’d imagine holding a blink correlates to mouse clicks. The idea was originally created for people with disabilities but anyone could use it.
Designers: Eun-Gyeong Gwon & Eun-Jae Lee. Electronic Contact Lenses. A new generation of contact lenses built with tiny circuits and LEDs could make bionic eyesight a reality. Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle have created contact lenses with built-in electronics and an LED, powered wirelessly by RF. "These lenses don’t give us the vision of an eagle or the benefit of running subtitles on our surroundings yet," University of Washington professor Babak Parviz writes in IEEE Spectrum. "What we’ve done so far barely hints at what will soon be possible with this technology. " While conventional contact lenses are polymers formed in various shapes to correct faulty vision, electronic contact lenses are far more "engineered. " Parviz writes:
Terraforming. Transplanting seas to inland ocean lakes?
A good idea for the Middle East? The two century-old and highly respected Japanese engineering giant Shimizu has hatched a wild and crazy proposal to rehabilitate the desert for human use. Their idea is to move vast amounts of seawater along canals that would track deep into desert landmasses to create a series of connected huge inland seas measuring 30 km (18 miles) across. Small cities could then be created within the gigantic seawater “lakes,” on artificial islands. Each seawater lake with its city would spaced apart along connecting canals measuring 150 km (93 miles) between each seawater lake city.
A similarly massive water project initiated by Libya transfers fresh water from a distant underground aquifer. By contrast, this project uses seawater, already on the surface. The seawater itself in the lakes could support fish farming, which would bring a source of protein into arid deserts. Image:Shimizu Corporation ::Shimizu Corporation. How Technology Will Transform Us. Shanghai: 1990. The Future of Aging.