4 Technologies To Make India Happier And Safer
People in India are generally not happy. The country ranks 122 out of 157 countries in the World Happiness Report, which is issued by the United Nations. The index puts Pakistan, China, and Nepal ahead of India. India has slipped from its previous year’s ranking by four spots (118).
The ranking is based on per capita GDP, life expectancy and a global survey. In the survey, people rate, on a scale of 1–10, the social support that they can count on, should they hit a bad patch. Other factors are also taken into consideration such as freedom to make life choices, corruption and generosity.
Reasons for unhappiness in India
Experts say that there are several factors that may be resulting in unhappiness, for example, pollution, poverty, corruption, dissatisfaction, underdevelopment, social strife, etc. Moreover, India’s development story has been uneven. A small chunk of the population holds the most resources. GDP and income distribution is highly variable. Even the fruits of technological progress have not percolated evenly in the Indian society. Core areas continue to languish while the token technology continues to flourish. It is becoming increasingly common to sight Indians flaunting smart phones, even as most Indian farmers still till their lands and harvest crops using archaic tools. They still rely on erratic monsoons, making arable areas susceptible to drought.
Technology like inventory management systems can help India fight poverty and hunger
Can technology alleviate the problems faced by Indians and allow them to mentally relax. Stress levels are particularly high in cities. Modern technology can help solve a number of aforementioned problems, including poverty alleviation, fight against corruption, controlling environmental pollution, etc. Let’s see how exactly technology can help India overcome such problems.
In India, around 40% of fruits and vegetables and 20% of grains get destroyed due to lack of proper infrastructure and inefficient supply chains. In such a situation, modern inventory management software systems can manage food storage and distribution, feeding millions of Indians. Black marketing and hoarding too could be controlled using inventory management software systems.
“Inventory management systems can dramatically reduce food wastage and have a game-changing effect on the depletion and degradation of natural resources, food shortage, national security as well as climate change,” says Shashank Dixit, CEO, Deskera, a global cloud company providing business software such as inventory management.
Blockchains can help in the fight against corruption
Corruption is again a major impediment to progress. According to most experts graft and red tape is rampant in India. That can also be removed to a large extent by introducing automation and bringing all transactions online. This will make the processes transparent and efficient, eventually resulting in restoring people’s faith in the systems. Inspector raj and nepotism will also vanish with the help of automation.
Cutting-edge technologies such as Blockchains can be significant in curbing graft. With its inherently decentralized nature and inbuilt resistance to tampering, blockchains are perfect for recording and retrieving financial data and thus becoming the single source of truth for any organization.
Using blockchains an organization can obviate the need for maintaining multiple local centralized databases; at the same time it can ensure real-time, sequential flow of information seamlessly across an organization. The transparency afforded by the blockchain technology would prevent officials from abusing power. Using blockchains, every ledger becomes accessible to the public as well as police, journalists, common and people, making manipulation impossible. Blockchains can result in a completely open and global database. With millions of copies distributed across the web, it is impossible to forge or destroy data. In fact, Blockchains could be a lethal weapon in the fight against corruption.
Big Data Analytics and Internet of Things (IoT) can be leveraged for combating pollution
Similarly, use of clean technologies can curb pollution. Modern technologies such as Big Data Analytics coupled with the internet of things (IoT) can aid in environment conservation and reducing air and water pollutants. With the advent of sophisticated and affordable sensors, there is a data tsunami. Data from different sources such as demographics, weather station, and social media could be mined to provide significant patterns. Big Data Analytics tools would analyze the data deluge and bring up trends and insights which will be actionable. They can track pollution at reduced costs.
Consequently, research and development should focus on green renewable technologies, such as solar and wind energy. Such efforts can go a long way in ensuring a fossil fuel free India in the twenty-first century. Moreover, it’s a necessity now, with natural reserves depleting fast. For example, Norway, the number 1 nation on the happiness index, is a front-runner in key areas of technology, innovation, and research, including green technology and environment conservation. It is time India too invested and reaped the benefits of technological progress for its citizens.
[Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of Trivone Media Network's or that of CXOToday's.]
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