Discussion Points. Jan 11th-14th

3 años 2 meses antes #546 por ClubX34
The world's first fully sustainable, zero-carbon, zero-waste city.
The first phase of Masdar City – a $22 billion eco-project – has been completed in 2015. This huge development is located outside of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Entirely pre-planned and self-contained, it is the world's first carbon neutral, zero waste and fully sustainable city. A multitude of green technologies are utilised – including the largest solar power plant in the Middle East, rooftop photovoltaics, wind farms, geothermal sources and a hydrogen power plant. The city's water needs are fulfilled by a solar-powered desalination plant.
Is this an effective step towards green-living? Will only countries like UAE are able to afford and invest the heavy costs for the creation of these kinds of cities?

The first self-regulating artificial heart.

In 2013, French Professor Alain Carpentier engineered the first self-regulating artificial heart, using biomaterials and electronic sensors. The device weighed 900g, was roughly the same size as a real heart and could imitate its functions exactly. In 2016, after a period of clinical trials last year, it is available within the European Union priced between 140,000 and 180,000 euros.
Will the human body easily accept this foreign friend? Do you think the science is surpassing the nature? And will only the rich people live a longer life?

Personal biometric scanners for online banking.

In 2015, the United Kingdom introduced Finger Vein Authentication Technology (VeinID) to improve banking security. These devices are initially provided to corporate clients, but soon made available to regular consumers. Other countries had already used this form of personal biometric scanning in certain banks and cash machines, but the UK is the first to offer it for homes and remote offices globally.
Security has been threatening the world since long time, what do you think about biometric scanners? Will they be as personal and safer as never before?

Electric car ownership reaches 1 million worldwide.

In 2010, there were about 25,000 electric cars on the world's roads. This number grew exponentially during the next five years, reaching over a million by the end of 2015. Pure electric car sales were led by Japan with a 28% market share of global sales, followed by the United States with a 26% share, China at 16%, France with 11% and Norway with 7%. The biggest electric car companies were Nissan, GM/Opel, Toyota, Tesla and Ford.
What do you think about the use of electric cars in Spain? It does reduce the pollution level as well as renews its energy and has a cheaper maintenance to a conventional car, do you agree?

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