Taipei Partners With IOTA To Become A Blockchain-Powered Smart City


via Cointelegraph


by Jon Buck

Taipei, Taiwan is seeking to become a smart city by utilizing the power of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), or Blockchain. The city has chosen to partner with IOTA, the inventors of the so-called Tangle technology for the Internet of Things (IoT), to provide a number of new technology features for residents.

Wei-bin Lee, Commissioner of the Department of Information Technology in Taipei City Government, suggested in an official press release that the ‘unique technology’ offered by IOTA will usher in a ‘new era of smart cities for the citizens of Taipei’.

The first project on the docket is the creation of citizen ID cards built on the Tangle technology. Called ‘TangleID’ cards, the creation is designed to eliminate risks of identity theft and voter fraud, while at the same time providing a simple means for tracking health history and other data for government-related services.

The company is already working on a side project for the city to create a palm-sized card with sensors that would detect light, temperature, humidity and pollution. The design is intended to give the citizens of Taipei up-to-date information about pollution levels in real time.

IOTA Foundation co-founder David Sønstebø sees the adoption as a massive step forward, noting that ‘the technology is ready for real-world use cases and is more than just a theory’.

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Not wanting to sound like a conspiracy nut but…

As soon as they make it compulsory to have a Tangle ID to vote, You have an issue of the government being able to select their voters (Gerrymandering?) and at the same time track you and collect data from your everyday life and the ability to control your everyday life.
The Internet of Things and Big data will truly run your life from that point on.
Imagine if you go into the ice cream shop and you get denied the sale because your health insurance policy rated your health is at risk from that ice cream. That is already kind of happening as insurance companies will charge you less premium if you wear a fitbit and track your movements. Look at the Strava GPS data issue.

All those old sci-fi movies of Utopian/Distopian societies are coming true…

But what will it be? Utopia like Bill and Ted’s future world or Distopia like George Orwell’s 1984?

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What a ‘tangle’ web we weave

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