Digital Korea: Convergence of Broadband Internet, 3G Cell Phones, Multiplayer Gaming, Digital TV, Virtual Reality, Electronic Cash, Telematics, Robotics, E-Government and the Intelligent Home

Digital Korea: Convergence of Broadband Internet, 3G Cell Phones, Multiplayer Gaming, Digital TV, Virtual Reality, Electronic Cash, Telematics, Robotics, E-Government and the Intelligent Home


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Digital Korea is a study of the most advanced country for digital convergence, South Korea. Much of what we see in South Korea today sounds like science fiction – but forms the solid reality of life in South Korea today. Thus, it is a great source of ideas and insights which we can learn from. The book discusses a country where every household internet connection has already been upgraded to broadband; where 100 mbit/s speeds are already sold and gigabit speeds already coming; where every phone sold is a cameraphone; where three out of every four mobile subscriptions is a 3G connection; where cars and PCs and mobile phones now ship with in-built digital TVs; where 42% of the population maintain a blogsite and four out of ten have created an avatar of themselves; where over half of the population pay with cellphones and 25% of the total South Korean population have participated inside a multiplayer online game, in fact inside the same multiplayer online game. The stories from South Korea are each more amazing than the last. 50,000 citizen journalists write the national Ohmy News newspaper.While Second Life fascinates western media for its 2 million users, South Korean Cyworld has 20 million users. While we tend to view the 8 million active users of the World of Warcraft as a milestone in massively multiplayer online games, South Korean Lineage already has 14 million active gamers. And perhaps most telling of all – the South Korean government is convinced every Korean home will have a household robot within ten years. Household robots? Not just cleaning our homes and providing security, but reading bedtime stories to our kids and helping them with their homework too. Digital Korea includes chapters on all these issues and more with the state-of-the-art latest products and services described in detail. This is one of the first attempts to understand the current state of digital convergence, ubiquitous computing and the information society that is South Korea. The book


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  1. Fadi Chehimi says:
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Brilliant Book!!!, 22 Nov 2007
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    Fadi Chehimi (UK) –
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    This review is from: Digital Korea: Convergence of Broadband Internet, 3G Cell Phones, Multiplayer Gaming, Digital TV, Virtual Reality, Electronic Cash, Telematics, Robotics, E-Government and the Intelligent Home (Hardcover)

    Brilliant book by brilliant authers about a brilliant nation.

    Seriousely, if you want to see the future of telecoms and IT you have to visit Japan or South Korea. But if you can not afford going there, then grap yourself a copy of this well-organised and presented book which will take you in a thrilling journey to another world with stops in various stations like “Mobile Payment”, “Mobile Music”, “Virtual Reality”, “Mobile Internet”, and the list goes on an on.

    So, set down, fasten your seat belt and fly to South Korea on the flips of this book’s pages.

    Have a wondeful and safe trip.

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  2. Joe Russell says:
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    Vivid, realistic description of near future, 23 Sep 2007
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    Joe Russell (London UK) –

    This review is from: Digital Korea: Convergence of Broadband Internet, 3G Cell Phones, Multiplayer Gaming, Digital TV, Virtual Reality, Electronic Cash, Telematics, Robotics, E-Government and the Intelligent Home (Hardcover)

    This book really opened my eyes on what happens next, after broadband internet, media and 3G mobile have converged, what next. Like the authors say in the car telematics chapter, the next internet, after the already real mobile internet of South Korea, is the automobile ! A robot in every home in 10 years? The intelligent home, virtual worlds and digital money – it really reads like a recent science fiction novel except that all the examples and case studies are real.

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