An opinion poll commissioned by the World Economic Forum reveals Indians are some of the most optimistic people in the world when it comes to technology. It also reveals Indians are the least sceptical people in the world about the motives of technology companies.
According to an opinion poll prepared by SAP and Qualtrics in conjunction with this year's India Economic Summit, while many acknowledge their job could be automated, more than two-thirds embrace technology and expect it to be easy to find new employment. It covered 10,000 respondents from 29 countries noted that Indians are some of the least sceptical in the world about the motives of technology companies: more than two-thirds reject the idea that technology companies "only want to make money".
Compared to global averages, Indian respondents more often say that technology makes personal relationships, society and jobs better. When it comes to the future of work, Indian respondents are embracing new technology, acknowledging that jobs may be jeopardised, but that a growing economy will continue to provide opportunities.
"The rise of advanced technologies has the potential to create economic and social value, and bolster India's goal of maintaining its growth momentum," said Sriram Gutta, Head of Community Development, India and South Asia, World Economic Forum.
Gutta further said that "these statistics indicate the foundation is there for accelerating the adoption of fourth industrial revolution technologies. The next step is to ensure the governance of them assists India in leapfrogging to an advanced stage of development while maintaining high levels of trust."
Recently, Airtel chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal backed Huawei saying its products are "leading edge" and "superior" to rivals, and asserted that the firm "should be in play." Mittal was speaking at the World Economic Forum in New Delhi. Mittal said that Huawei has become "extremely good" with its products in the past 10-12 years. He also noted Huawei had been able to take its products to a level where it was leading edge. This comes amid the US ban on Huawei over 'security concerns' ahead of 5G adoption.
(With PTI inputs)