History has been witness to many social and economic revolutions. Beginning
with agricultural, going on to industrial and then the technological, these
revolutions have changed the face of humanity. And now, the digital revolution
is redefining the pace of progress opening countless avenues to transform society,
culture and lifestyles.
Digitisation as a phenomenon made its onset long ago. But the pace was so gradual
and the changes involved so subtle, that it went almost unnoticed. Early digital initiatives
were mainly to preserve records, create in-house office management systems, processing
of data, etc. It is over the last few years that the digital revolution has opened a whole
new vista of opportunities reshaping the scope of development. From the Internet to
artificial intelligence and robotics, emerging technologies have presented unprecedented
opportunities for social and economic renovation. India, the fastest growing economy in
the world, has undergone complete transformation with the rapid uptake of digital technologies. Smart and connected
technology has become an integral part of businesses, governments and communities. It has had profound impact on
the way people interact with each other, express their feelings, share ideas, manage their health and finances.