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  • China’s Push for Science and Technology Collaboration with BRI Countries

    China is aiming to make science and technology (S&T) cooperation a significant component of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

    June 13, 2023

    Re-Energising Science Diplomacy in South Asia

    Science diplomacy can be used effectively to address critical challenges facing the South Asian region.

    January 31, 2023

    Vineet Ravindran asked: What is the role of artificial intelligence in modern warfare, and what are its limitations?

    Sanur Sharma replies: The dimensions of modern warfare lie within a changing landscape of technology and defence frameworks. The war-fighting capabilities are continually changing with the introduction of new and disruptive technologies that harness the power of data and analytics to make predictions and work automatically.

    Vineet Ravindran asked: Does a chip foundry company like TSMC help any host nation acquire the technology, and how so?

    Cherian Samuel replies: Leading-edge semiconductor companies like TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) are courted by many countries to set up plants for chip manufacturing. Semiconductor chips have multiple applications and have acquired the status of strategic assets, especially in the aftermath of the pandemic-led shortage of these items which are used in everything from cars to toys to military drones.

    Bringing the Semi-Conductor to India

    With India’s current semiconductor demand of $40 billion expected to rise to $100 billion by 2025, the time is indeed right to begin production of semiconductors within the country.

    March 26, 2021

    Yogesh Singh asked: In view of serious security risks in a 5G network, can India rely on foreign vendors (including non-Chinese) to roll out 5G networks in the country?

    Munish Sharma replies: India is not a key player in the technology design, development or manufacturing of telecommunication equipment and, therefore, 5G is quite likely to rest upon either technology imports or equipment manufactured under license in India. The Report of the 5G High Level Forum had aptly pointed out towards the dire need of building India’s capacity in core technology development and manufacturing of telecommunication equipment.

    New Internet Protocol: Redesigning the Internet with Chinese Characteristics?

    China’s proposal for a new Internet Protocol (IP) is a reflection of its desire to revamp and mould the Internet. This is in line with its ambitions to rise to the “commanding heights” of the scientific and technological competition.

    October 15, 2020

    COVID-19 and New Age Technology

    Humanity is much better equipped today to mitigate the loss in life and collateral economic damage resulting from a pandemic, as demonstrated through the deployment of new-age tools such as artificial intelligence, big data, machine learning, neural networks and internet of things.

    May 01, 2020

    To Ban, or Not to Ban Huawei

    Given India’s dependence on imports for 90 per cent of its telecom equipment, the decision to allow Huawei to bid for 5G should be in line with the national interest, rather than taking sides and constraining options.

    April 03, 2019

    Quantum Computing and its Impact on Cryptography

    Advances in technology has brought into focus the need to have double assurance on data security, especially with the world moving from classical to Quantum Computing, which latter has the power to unlock the toughest of cyber-locks.

    July 19, 2017