India must choose to access data democratically: Prof K Vijay Raghavan

The topic of the talk was ‘Promise of big data for scientific discoveries’ under the main topic ‘Manthan’
K. Vijay Raghvan(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)
K. Vijay Raghvan(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 30, 2019 04:41 PM IST
Copy Link
Hindustan Times, Pune | By, Pune

At the 31st foundation day of Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Prof K Vijay Raghavan, principal scientific adviser, government of India, said that although huge data collection machinery is at work, without putting it to use, it would not help.

The topic of the talk was ‘Promise of big data for scientific discoveries’ under the main topic ‘Manthan’.

He said that India must choose to access data democratically and make it more accessible to everyone, unlike making it available to a privileged few. “Many argue that the effective analysis of data, more feasible today than ever before, is the one ring that will rule us all. Bigger, brighter and better machines will allow us, or them, to take wise decisions on everything. Elements of this ‘promise’ are already upon us and are manifested, starkly, by growing asymmetries in knowledge, and consequently, wealth and power. Both justice and power have always been wielded by those who possess knowledge.”

The talk tried to explore how data must be accessible to all and advancements in machine learning is a step towards artificial intelligence which requires a much better thought for humanity.

He also added that one path may lead to concentration of knowledge in the hands of a global few while the other path leads to the democratisation of opportunity leading to access, understanding and use of knowledge. Strangely, when accosted with this fork in the road, the world will choose both paths, on the average. India can and must primarily choose the path that democratises access to knowledge.

Science, technology and innovation has always been an important player on the global stage but has rarely taken a leadership role. Today, particle-physicists and cosmologists and every kind of scientist in between have the opportunity to lead in democratising knowledge and opportunity. Converting data to knowledge and understanding for all is an attainable goal, he added.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport (File Photo/Used only for representation)

    Global Livability Index: Bengaluru, ranked 146, scores least among Indian cities

    Bengaluru may have topped the Union government's Ease of Living Index last year, but Karnataka's capital city fared the worst among Indian cities in the Economic Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Global Livability Index 2022, which was released on June 24. Bengaluru's position in Global Livability Index 2022 For the first time, a total of five Indian cities featured on the list; before 2022, only Delhi and Mumbai were featured.

  • Waterlogging in the Sion area of Mumbai in the wake of heavy rain in the city.

    Mumbai waterlogging nightmare returns with heavy rain| Video, and quick lowdown

    Mumbai has been witnessing heavy rain amid monsoon arrival. As downpour lashed the city on Monday, Mumbai witnessed scenes of waterlogging in several areas. Waterlogging was also reported in the city's Sion area, which disrupted normal life. Waterlogging was also seen at Khandeshwar Railway Station in Navi Mumbai as commuters navigated their way through ankle-deep waters. The weather department has issued an orange alert warning of heavy rain in Mumbai for the next few days.

  • Panipat police have arrested a man for making a ransom call to a local commission agent by posing as a member of Kala Jatheri gang. (Image for representational purpose)

    Haryana: Man arrested for attempt to extort 10 lakh in Panipat

    Panipat police have arrested a man for making a ransom call to a local commission agent by posing as a member of Kala Jatheri gang. He had demanded Rs 10 lakh extortion money from the commission agent. The accused has been identified as Ajay of Budha Khera village in Jind. The police said that they have now arrested three persons, including Ajay, Sunil alias Sahil and Akhil, in this case.

  • Karnal police said that they have recovered 2.5 quintal of copper wires, one illegal pistol, and three motorcycles from their possession. (Image for representational purpose)

    Four arrested for stealing copper wires from transformers in Karnal

    Karnal police claimed to have busted a gang involved in theft of copper wires from transformers with the arrest of four of its members. The police said that they have recovered 2.5 quintal of copper wires, one illegal pistol, and three motorcycles from their possession. The accused have been identified as Bilal and Amjad alias Biaggi of Yamunanagar, Vasim Akram of Saharanpur, and Tahir of Meerut in Uttar Pradesh.

  • Some pro-Khalistan slogans were found written on the wall of a college and a school on June 20 and later, an audio message, purportedly by Gurpatwant Singh Pannu, the US-based founder of the SFJ, did the rounds on the social media platforms. (HT file photo)

    Patiala man held for writing pro-Khalistan slogans in Karnal

    Karnal police on Monday said they have arrested a Punjab-based man for his alleged involvement in writing pro-Khalistan slogans on the walls of two education institutions in the city on June 20. The arrested man has been identified as Manjeet of Duladi village in Patiala. A police spokesperson said another accused, a resident of Barnala, Resham Singh was arrested by a team led by Assandh ASP Rajpurohit from Gurditpur village of Patiala on Sunday.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Tuesday, July 05, 2022