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We invest in tech, then expect people to catch up. And women get left out of Digital India

One in 2 Indians in working population is a woman. But less than 1 in 4 own a smartphone. This gap must be closed if India has to leverage tech in economy.
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Not broken health systems but digital technology can help reduce mental illness stigma

By putting knowledge about mental illness stigma in the hands of patients and caregivers, technology democratises expertise.
Pedestrians walk in front of the office buildings in the central business district in Singapore. | Photo: Sanjit Das | Bloomberg

Wonder how people make it big in business? New research reveals luck plays a critical role

No rule exists for achieving exceptional success because it usually requires doing something different or novel and there can be no recipe for such innovation.
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As battlefields become digital, democracies like India face the test of transparency

Some authoritarian governments have adapted to the changing nature of digital battlefield and developed tools to manipulate and discredit oppositions.
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Era of ‘borderless’ innovation is over. US, India, China using national security to box tech

Security is now bleeding the economies of US and China, with flow of capital, people and technology being disrupted.
Employees test mobile phones on an assembly line in the mobile phone plant of Rising Stars Mobile India Pvt., a unit of Foxconn Technology Co., in Tamil Nadu | Karen Dias/Bloomberg

Lost in the data localisation debate: Does India have full power to exploit its own data?

The debate on data localisation is now not only a political one, but also a geopolitical one, and a key aspect of trade talks.
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Indians most optimistic about technology, but believe robots could take away their jobs

Despite India's current economic slowdown and job crisis, global survey finds only 17% respondents think it will be 'somewhat difficult' to find employment.

Screen size is the new generational divide

Younger people today are comfortable with a small screen, older people are not. But as technology enables great gains, a sense of magnificence is being lost.
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The great stagnation in clothing innovation needs to end

Imagine everyone having custom-made and custom-fitted clothing, perhaps with the aid of robot tailors, and readily available 3-D body scanning devices.
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This new software can tell if your smile is real or fake

University of Bradford researchers who developed the software support popular theories that a spontaneous genuine smile lies in a person’s eyes.

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The Narendra Modi government has set up 11 empowered groups to plan, implement and communicate in the face of the Covid-19 crisis and lockdown (representational image) | Photo: ANI

India’s response to coronavirus can’t be based on existing epidemiological models

Lack of accurate models to gauge Covid-19 spread should not become an excuse for policy paralysis. There exists a framework to make policy decisions under uncertainty.

Is India’s coronavirus lockdown leading to stress in families or strengthening relationships?

The 21-day nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus has led to people working from home and thus, spending more time with their families and partners.

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Army personnel distribute packaged food to the homeless in Chennai on 31 March 2020 | PTI

In a first, Army deploys medical team at civil coronavirus quarantine camp in Delhi

The Indian Army has so far only been operating out of quarantine camps set up by the armed service for coronavirus patients.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.