On your completely separate question about India, I believe it would first be wise to ask 'What game? ' as there is no game in which India, as a country, participates. Perhaps you refer to the technological race, or some other race for progress. India has a low GDP and is not a world leader in terms of technology (though it is certainly up there). To get decent degrees, its students come here, to Britain, where the degrees are reputable and valuable. To 'stay ahead ' would imply that it is already ahead, which it 's not (unless they 're hiding something). To get to the top, I think there is a valuable lesson which can be learned from a region within their own country; Kerala. The GDP of Kerala is six times the national average, so they 're clearly doing something right. In Kerala, they encourage the education of women and offer better free healthcare and family planning. To improve their situation, India should probably reproduce this model across the country. Of course, there are other ways in which they could increase their GDP/capita, but this is probably the most appropriate. You 're probably wondering what that has to do with technology. I believe that if the GDP/capita increases sufficiently, there will be more interest in high-tech industry and consequently there will be more technological progress in India.
People have been trying to predict the future for a long time, and the future keeps surprising us. In the 1950's it was widely predicted that by the 21st century we would all be travelling in flying cars, which has not happened and is not likely to happen. No one predicted the computer revolution which makes possible this very web-site. There is no way to know what kind of technology will change our lives in the future or how our lives will change. It will almost certainly turn out to be a huge surprise. As for what India should do, I think the first requirement is population planning. I foresee terrible water shortages. Science and technology may...
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