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An exhibition of new technology in Dubai showcased a series of new tech-based ideas that will transform the future
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1. Transport: A Swedish government-run railway company, SJ, is now allowing passengers to embed a chip implanted under their skin instead of using a ticket. In a move driven by customer demand, train personnel can scan people’s hands as they enter stations or board trains.
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2. Noise pollution: This new service from a start-up called Decibel.Live allows entities that create high levels of noise to enter into blockchain-based smart contracts with people who may be affected. Companies can self-regulate noise output and issue cryptocurrency fines if they transgress.
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3. Public sector: Canada’s Free Agents programme has been designed to fix the problem of talent retention and skills growth in the public sector. “Free Agents” are selected for their attributes rather than their experience and they can choose what work to undertake within the Canadian public sphere.
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4. Infrastructure: In a move designed to fix poor road quality, Kenya’s government is involving local communities via a smart device placed on vehicles. It can measure road conditions in real time and identify problems like potholes – the repair of which is then assigned to local labourers via mobiles.
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5. Firefighting: Thermal imaging cameras may allow firefighters to “see” in zero visibility, but the pictures are often impractical and slow. A new helmet called C-Thru allows firefighters to stand upright in the smokiest environments, which enables them to get in and out of fire zones faster.