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13 janvier 2007 6 13 /01 /janvier /2007 15:47
What is the ultimate dream of people in regard of living places ?

Maybe you could find some hints by looking what is going on in the persian Gulf countries

Quatar for instance: a 2,5 Billion dollars project called the Pearl  is planning the building of an artificial island 20 km north of Doha
Pearl will host 40 000 inhabitants by 2009.

Featuring 3 marinas, luxury apparments, penthouses , restaurants, retail shops, full range of commodities, ...it aims to be a paradise  for its occupants. 

Nearby the main Island, 9 smaller fully private ones are for sale.
To know more about this project from United Development click here

Projects currently in final phase in Dubai give an other relevant example of what could be the city of the future:
a mix of Modernity and Natural Environement outlook

15 years back: Who would have bet   that someone oustide EAU rich citizen would spend for acquiring a lodging in Dubai close to its Petrol factories,  deserts, hot climate, and multiple prohibitions

but....living on a sunny Island on a top class building  seems to be of more attractive even in Dubai

Dubai has made it with this giant project  creating artificial islands on its coast.

The Resort called The world is composed of 300 Islands displaying  the WorldMap .Each island is for sale worth $8 to $45 millions. Available next year.

The Palm Islands,  are the largest artifical islands in the world.

Palm Jumeirha , Palm Jebel Ali and Palm deira  are built in the shape of a date palm tree. For information and videos on these projects from Nakheel go here

In 2008, Dubai will also have the highest tower in the World. With 700 meters high Burj  Dubai  will  count  not less that 160 levels  of offices,  appartements, shops....

More over , if you want to go skying it is also availaible , just here with in the city at the Dubai Snow park that opened in 2005 . 400 meters of slopes that would make you feel like in French Alps. (it is by the way managed by a french guy). 4000 Visitors enjoy it
every day.
Emmanuel Facovi
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18 novembre 2006 6 18 /11 /novembre /2006 18:50
Android female "Valerie"  Speech - multi-language synthesize,  Color binocular vision  
High degree of intelligence:  Learning methods: Rote memory Monkey see - monkey do (visual imitation) Logical inferenceNeural networks



Japan the big Jump from Traditional to Virtual World

Very far from the Japan traditions ( see my former note  here ) I would like to talk an other aspect of the Japaneese society.

In reaction to the very rigid rules and social pressure , a new type of young men,
the Otaku, has appeared at the opposite of the typical japaneese "salarymen".

The Otaku are obsessed with Mangas, Love Dolls,  figurines ,
Electronics and Animes.

Originally decribed as social misfits , Okatus are now firmly rooted in Japaneese culture. Several movies like " Densha Okoto (the train Man) or TV programs display their life and made them popular.

The Otakus refuse to become adults, they reject the hard reality of Japaneese Life  and escape  into the virtual world .

Most of this young generation , also decribed as parasite singles (hikikomori) , live by their parents up to 35 . They use to stay locked into their rooms for years. 

They are now running the streets searching to satisfy their fantasy addiction.

They are 15 millions individuals.Because of fear of being rejected or disliked, people turn to anime characters or idols that pose no personal conflict

In Tokyo , the famous Akihabara quarter, also called Akiba , is the temple of electronics and the Okatu s territory.

Otaku rarely have  Girlfriends ,

 but they are buying Dolls in Spare parts in dedicated shops, dress them and live with them.

Those nerds spend  3 Billions Euros for dolls and electronics every year. 

A huge business is blooming around those crazy shoppers.

Recently , numbers of bars and cafés for Otakus have opened with waitresses dressed as Lolita  Maids on every blocks.

What next are they going for ?

The Android female of course.

Japan is leading the research or artificial intelligence , Actroid Der the female receptionist is showing up in exhibitions.

Prototype of intelligents robots are under developments by numerous Japaneese firms.

 by Emmanuel Facovi

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13 septembre 2006 3 13 /09 /septembre /2006 13:49

Techno- Land and Entrepreneur paradise







Small is beautiful. This Baltic North Europe country with its 1,4 million people, joined Europe Union in May 2004.

A look on  future and a distinctive model of new technologies implementations.

  The Estonian, a connected E-CitizenMost Estonians have an ID card with on a credit card format with a Chip, they vote with their computers, 90 % of bank services go through internet, pay  parking or buy  transport tickets with their  mobile phones, send  tax declaration online within a few minutes; There you can connect your laptop from anywhere wireless via the WIFI technology.The Tiger leap project  connect all Estonian schools too the Internet, a major education  medium. 

Biotechnology is an other area of strong development of the Estonians economy. With the goal of preventing people health and data base builds up and map the population genetics features (http://www.genomics.ee )

Estonia provide a very attractive fiscal system for individuals and Businesses.  Income Tax is among the lowest and simplest: 23% for all individuals, but the favourable treatment is even more beneficial for Enterprises: 0 % Tax on Companies profits if reinvested, and 26 % on company dividends.

The average monthly salary is 600 Euros, and the minimum guaranteed salary 192 Euros. Labour cost is still very competitive,









Do not believe that has an impact on the Public Finance. In Estonia Public Budget deficit is prohibited

Estonia is also a beautiful tourism desination, history and nature life desserve a visit.

Get a charm from  the pretty Tallin  
















Learn more about and its Baltic neighbours at: www.baltictimes.com and one of  the best and most  complete site on at http://shaan.typepad.com/shaanou/




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3 septembre 2006 7 03 /09 /septembre /2006 17:00


Just Amazing, the ultimate design for kids is in .....Beijing China. A coulourfull , funny bookstore is offering chineese kids the ultimate playground and fantasy experience.

Named "Kids Republic" , it has big screens and displays with Movies around book ,and many  play areas. Everything to syimulate kids imagination is there , something our western kids would love for sure.

Designer is  Keiichiro Sako fromJapan

Going to Beijing twice a year the last  years , it is a every time an estonishing discovery for me.

The preparation for the 2008 Olympic games is driving the city to  be the most modern and fashionable capital in the world.

 Emmanuel Facovi




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6 juin 2006 2 06 /06 /juin /2006 14:23


Interesting information in La Tribune  (French Economic Newspaper- issue March 31st) about Traveling to the USA.

IN 2004 European Union and USA have signed an agreeement relative to the transfer of Information on Passengers flying to the USA. This agreement stipulates that Airlines  have the obligation to transmit (to the American Authorities) a batch of information on every flying passenger.

The information list 34 different topics such as Adress, Phone Numbers, Credit Card Numbers, contacts, Car resa...

The European Court of Justice has just stated that this agreemet is illegal, as it has been signed by the European Commission without obtaining the Agreement from the individual European States who should keep their souvereignity in Police and  Justice matters. Moreover the European Parlament had voted against this agreement considering it is an infringement to the principle of Individual Freedom.

Washington simply indicates that Airlines not providing  required information will simply be banned from Landing on US Territorry. So far European Airlines refused to comment....

The European Court of Justice has given a temporary exemption until September 30 , so that a resolve could be find bewteen USA and Europe, and  a new major crisis could be avoided.

Knowing the piracy of personnal datas in USA, with increasing cases  of identity or credit cards abuse, lets hope that those one will be propoerly secured



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18 mars 2006 6 18 /03 /mars /2006 12:46

The most expensive places in the world 

When selecting  the place to  live ,work, make business , grow your family , and  access to a real life quality you may have a look at how much it will deplete your revenues.

The Mercer consulting firm releases the reference ranking on the World's most expensive cities...  The screened criteria are 200 product and services (food, lodging, transport, leisure, clothing ….).  

Japan is once again on top of the list with Tokyo and Osaka as close follower. Neighbours Honk Kong and Beijing are challenging . In Tokyo , it will cost you more than 4000 Euros/month for a 2 bedroom appartment.


In Europe , 29 cities are among the 50 most expensive ones. London and Moscow (respectively 3rd and 4th)    , Paris is 12th after being 17th in 2004... East Europe is getting more cities in the list since joining the European Union. .New York ranks 14th close to the Irish Dublin.

so check your wallet and make up your mind... 

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