Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, October 20, unveiled a new book 'Bridgital Nation,' by N Chandrasekaran and Roopa Purushothaman. PM Modi commended the efforts of the authors and mentioned the ethos and relevance of the book in current times. Industrialist and former Chairman of Tata Group, Ratan Tata was also present at the launch event.
PM Modi said, "Positivity, creativity and constructive mindset are result of the thinking required to solve the problems of the nation. It is the positivity, optimism and the confidence on one's talent and resources that induces energy and enthusiasm to lay the roots of a New India. I am confident that aspirational India will continue to inspire and will also give a new outlook to society's pessimists."
On the importance of technology, the PM said, "The book has come out at a time when technology is being viewed as a challenge to India's democratic dividend. In this book, the government's vision of 'Binding Technology' has been strengthened. Technology is a bridge and not a divider. It is a talent force multiplier and not a threat. It is a bridge between aspirations and achievement and between demand and delivery."
"The ideas of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Robotics and new-age technology and how they can be used in development have been explained. I can vouch for it with my experience. Technology has helped in the smooth governance of the government," he added.
PM Modi also spoke about several schemes of the Indian government which have been empowered by technology and has also helped in smooth application of the scheme. He said, "For public procurements, gradually people are becoming aware of the Government e-Markets (GeM). Similarly, startup India is bridging the gap between local supply in India and the Global market. The book concentrates intricately on the topic of 'Demand and Supply,' Start-up India also deals with the issues of 'Demand and Supply.' The debate should not be about the dangers of Artificial Intelligence, instead, it should be about, how long will it take for a robot to be smarter than humans and how can we bridge the gap between human intentions and Artificial Intelligence", said PM Modi.