‘Govt, society not keeping pace with tech’
Govt and society are not keeping pace with rapid changes on the technology front, leading to a mismatch, Chairman of UIDAI Nandan M Nilekani said
Bangalore: Government and society are not keeping pace with rapid changes on the technology front, leading to a mismatch, Chairman of Unique Identification Authority of India Nandan M Nilekani said on Saturday.
"We are living in a world where different things are moving in different speeds", the co-founder of Infosys Ltd said at a function, where the Kannada version of his book "Imagining India - Ideas for the New Century" was released.
He said technology changes every two years. Three-four years ago, nobody had heard of smart-phone, tablet pc, twitter or face book and suddenly they have become popular.
"Technology changes very fast. Every two years there is something new", he said."But the pace at which society changes and the pace at which government changes is much slower than the pace of changes that`s happening on the ground".
So, most of the challenges that the country faces today is because societal and governmental changes don`t happen at the same pace as changes that are happening in technology, people, ideas and world-view, he said.
"We live in a world which is changing rapidly and we don`t have control over the speed of that change is happening beyond each of us individually", he said, adding, either one can resist or fight the changes or try to take advantage of that.
He said India as a country has taken very well to technology and cited electronic voting machines and cell-phones as examples. "All this shows, Indians adapt to
technology very well".
Technology has no history and no bias, it treats everyone the same way and is a "great democratiser",Nilekani said.
Corporate Affairs Minister M Veerappa Moily was among those present at the function, where the book, translated into Kannada-- "Bimba Bharata - Hosa Shatamanada Kalpane", by educationists and writer Prof K E Radhakrishna, was unveiled.