29 January, 2015

The tech future ahead

Happy New Year Everyone!

I know I am posting this almost a month late but y'know its better late than never :)

So the other day I talked to my dad on Skype for the first time. He was so much awed by this, I can't explain. He talked about how the world has changed and how simple it is to be in touch with our loved ones. Although he finds it difficult to use his new touch screen mobile phone but every new update makes it easier to use for him. He talks about how difficult it was to keep in touch with loved ones, when there were nothing but land line phones, no internet, no video calling. Only hearing the voice of your family member used to make us happy. It is so better and so easy now, he says.

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I think the government is doing the right thing by promoting and investing in new technologies that will be a part of India's growth. The bullet train is one such example of it. Another such example is internet for all. Right now India one of the largest internet users but only < 20 percent of its population uses it. Internet connectivity and computers are very important and can change the way students are educated in this country. The digital India initiative will and should make India what the Prime Minister calls "Knowledge Economy". And I believe that this country has a potential to do this given the huge population and number of graduates it churns out every year. Given proper training and education, this would be life changing for many citizens.

In the recent few years I've seen a huge race in mobile technology sector with new Indian companies cropping up almost every year. I believe it is very good for our economy. This has increased competition and fueled innovation. The low cost devices by these companies have connected millions of people to the internet. Did you know that 50 % of India's users are online through a mobile device? It is because of this. This is surely going to be like this for the coming years and I see Indian companies going on a global level selling low cost handsets and making the world digital.

I hope that many parents are connected to the world from the remotest place of India. All parents should be be able to video call their children and connect with them. That is why I say that it the Tech Future ahead for our country and I'm proud of being a part of it.

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