National Technology Day 2024: History, Significance, and AI’s Impact on Our Lives – News18

The National Technology Day is celebrated annually on May 11 to commemorate India’s scientific and technological achievements. On this date, the Government of India presents National Awards to individual scientists, innovators, and entrepreneurs in the domain of science and technology.

The National Technology Day theme 2024 is – School to Startups-Igniting Young Minds to Innovate. This theme aims to undertake a remarkable initiative to encourage, inspire, and motivate the younger generation to take an interest in new-age technology.

AI EMPOWERS TEACHERS, ENHANCES LEARNING

Harshil Gala, CEO, NAVNEET TOPTECH.

According to Harshil Gala, CEO, NAVNEET TOPTECH, “AI will never replace the role of teachers; however, it serves as a powerful tool in facilitating personalised learning experiences and providing real-time data analytics. By leveraging AI technology, we enhance student performance, identify learning gaps early, and foster a more responsive educational ecosystem. At NAVNEET TOPTECH, we believe in harnessing the synergy between human expertise and technological advancement to elevate the quality and efficacy of education.”

HERE’S WHAT INDUSTRY LEADERS HAVE TO SAY ON WORLD TECHNOLOGY DAY 2024

ANMOL ARORA, FOUNDER AND CEO, DOCVITA

“What started with Pokhran in India led to the unstoppable technology revolution in India. Today, we are proudly leading, innovating & setting an example for the world on many stages.

Across numerous industries, technology has helped increase accessibility, affordability, and efficiency, empowering individuals and businesses to innovate, connect, and thrive. The spirit of exploration and the pursuit of excellence continue to drive us forward, inspiring the world with a bold vision for a technologically advanced and inclusive future. Best wishes on National Technology Day.”

HARSHIT JAIN, CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, ONEPLAY

“In the last decade, India has moved forward in leaps and bounds to establish itself as a major player in the global technology landscape. With the spirit of innovation and technology getting stronger, more and more startups are cropping up to solve genuine problems and enhance the quality of life.

In the gaming world, we are witnessing new games, developments and technologies that push the boundaries to deliver something new and extraordinary. As we commemorate National Technology Day, let’s recognize the role of technology in building India’s limitless potential for innovation, growth, and transformation in the days to come.”

SUYASH SINHA, FOUNDER AT EXLY

“The entrepreneurial landscape has been reshaped by technology, a fact we celebrate on National Technology Day. Platforms like Exly have democratized access to markets, allowing entrepreneurs to connect with global audiences and scale rapidly.

The integration of analytics and digital marketing tools has been a game-changer, enabling personalized customer experiences. As we look to the future, I see technology continuing to lower barriers, bringing in a new wave of innovation and entrepreneurship.”

SHIVAM SINGLA, FOUNDER AND CEO, LEEGALITY

“On National Tech Day, we celebrate the remarkable advancements in technology that are making lives easier, and propelling businesses towards greater efficiency. The wave of technological adoption and expansion that we are seeing today in Indian BFSI is not only helping companies grow, but ensuring that financial services reach the most inaccessible places in our country today.

We here at Leegality our happy to play our part in that. Through our Document Infrastructure platform, BFSI companies have successfully digitized paperwork – significantly reducing turnaround times and increasing accessibility. This expansion of financial services to the unbanked and underbanked segments is a true testimony to the power of technology.”

ASHISH SARAF, VP AND COUNTRY DIRECTOR, THALES IN INDIA

“National Technology Day serves as a powerful reminder of India’s unwavering commitment to technological progress, and Thales stands proudly by its side as a trusted partner in this remarkable journey. With our global expertise, we support India’s vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat and actively collaborate with local industry and academia to develop advanced solutions under Make in India. Our robust capabilities in Defence, Aerospace, Cybersecurity and digital identity, combined with R&D efforts in Open Hardware Research play a key role in advancing the country’s growth in these critical domains.

We nurture a highly skilled workforce, fuelling cutting-edge innovation from our engineering competence centres in Bengaluru and Noida. We firmly believe that technology holds the key to unlocking India’s boundless potential, and we tirelessly strive to drive transformative change through innovation.”

PANKAJ GOEL, CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER, BHARATPE

“On National Technology Day, we celebrate the profound impact of science and technology on society. In recent years, technological advancements have been pivotal in driving India’s economic growth, with startups leveraging innovation to address diverse challenges across sectors such as finance, education, agriculture, and healthcare. Within the fintech realm, groundbreaking technologies have led to the development of disruptive products, reshaping the landscape of financial transactions. It’s also a moment to recognize the success of initiatives like UPI, which has played a pivotal role in promoting financial inclusion and showcasing India’s commitment to innovation on a global scale.

At BharatPe, we embrace technology as a driving force for progress, enabling us to revolutionize payment solutions, credit access, and other financial services. Through the utilization of cutting-edge technologies like AI and ML, we empower businesses with seamless transactions and open doors to new opportunities for millions of offline merchants. Looking forward, we remain steadfast in our dedication to harnessing technology’s potential to foster positive change and create a more inclusive and accessible financial ecosystem for all.”

History of National Technology Day

This day is celebrated on May 11 in India to commemorate the historical nuclear test (Pokhran II) conducted by Indian scientists under the leadership of then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on May 11, 1998 in Pokhran, Rajasthan. Following the success of Pokhran II, the day was declared as National Technology Day in 1998. The successful testing of the nuclear bombs made India the sixth country to possess nuclear technology.

Significance of National Technology Day

The National Technology Day serves as a reminder to the world of India’s expanding scientific and technological development, particularly in nuclear technology. Apart from that, the day also provides an opportunity to remember and honour great scientists, innovators, and engineers who have made their contributions to the nation’s progress.

5 ways in which Artificial Intelligence (AI) has made an impact on our lives

Artificial Intelligence, popularly known as AI has become an integral part of our lives. From using voice assistants on our smartphones to smart systems in our offices and homes, we’ve started relying on AI even for our everyday chores. Here are a few ways in which AI has made an impact on our lives:

  1. HealthcareAI has revolutionised the healthcare department. From wearable devices such as smartwatches and smart bands giving us real-time data about our heart health, oxygen levels, and sleep cycle to disease diagnosis and patient outcome prediction, AI has been a game-changer.
  2. EducationAI has made learning much easier, more personalised, and more effective for students. AI-powered learning platforms can adjust according to the student’s pace of understanding and also can help teachers take a record of the student’s overall academic performance.
  3. TransportationAnother area where AI is impacting our lives is transport. AI has made driving much safer and more convenient. With AI-powered platforms like Google Maps, you can reach your desired location within an estimated time. Not just this, several self-driving cars today come with enhanced safety features like lane-keeping assistant, Collision detection, and others all thanks to AI.
  4. Smart Home DevicesSmart devices like Google Echo, Alexa, and even our smartphones have made our lives much simpler. Users just need to give a voice command to do simple tasks like switching on the lights, playing music, playing a movie, or ordering food online and it’s done within seconds.
  5. ShoppingAI algorithms have the ability to detect body measurements accurately and can suggest suitable clothes and accessories as per the body type. Also, the technology allows users to try clothes or accessories like new specs virtually from the comfort of their homes.