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Effective communication about COVID-19 could save lives – but India’s strategy has been flawed

Over the past few decades, public health emergencies across the globe have shown us that a timely and efficient risk communication plan could help in minimising fatalities and managing situations on the ground. In unprecedented circumstances such as the Covid-19 pandemic, implementing effective communication methods becomes even more necessary. At...

If not for the internet…

One of the most interesting things about living in a small town is discovering bits of history where you thought none existed. The pandemic has forced me to move back to my hometown, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. As a city, Kanpur has a rich colonial history and was an eventful place during...

The Race for the Domination of AI Chips

With AI and advanced semiconductor technology an integral part of Industry 4.0, the impact of AI chips on the global technology landscape will gradually evolve in the coming decade.  The concept of new applications of semiconductors is gradually emerging and the concept of using artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms on high-end chipsets...

Why India shouldn’t allow COVID-19 booster dose

The Delta variant caused a fresh wave of Covid-19 infections worldwide, aggravating the global public health catastrophe. The currently available Covid-19 vaccines are effective against the Delta variant, which prompted researchers to evaluate whether booster doses for vaccinated people are necessary and when they should be given. The objective of...

China Tech Dispatch: Issue 7

2021 Department of Defense (DoD) Annual Report to Congress: Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China PLA Strategic Support Force (PLASSF) (中国人民解放军战略支援部队) is the Theatre Command level force involved in the using emerging and advanced technologies in warfare. PLASSF is responsible for the core operations based on...

Takshashila Discussion Document – Vaccine Diplomacy Framework for India

Executive Summary This document provides a framework to broaden the scope of India’s vaccine diplomacy during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has highlighted the inequality of vaccine distribution around the world, giving India the opportunity to step into the vacuum left by traditional global leaders. This framework can...

China Tech Dispatch: Issue 6

Science Fiction Vision, Innovative Application of Existing Tech, Robot with AI Brain I. Military and Warfare Importance of Science Fiction Vision (科幻视野) in war The article written by Hu Jianxin in PLA Daily urges military theory researchers, military science and tech workers, commanders, and fighters to pay attention to cultivating...

China Tech Dispatch: Issue 5

I. Military and Warfare Artificial Intelligence (AI) Assisted Decision Making Authors Zhang Yuan and Tong Xinbo (affiliation not given) write in PLA Daily about how AI will help the decision making in the battlefield and “how to fight” in intelligent warfare (智能战争). Four ways AI could help future military leaders in decision...

Why China’s Quest to Dominate Global Tech Standards Looks Far-fetched

The rise of China’s technological growth has created ripples in the world technology ecosystem. The global tech markets, which were generally dominated by the West have come under immense geopolitical and geoeconomic pressure due to China’s rapid growth in developing emerging technologies. The Chinese government has created a vision for...

What India Can Bring to COP26

As heads of different states and climate researchers head to Glasgow to attend the 26th Conference of Parties organised by the United Nations Climate Change Framework Convention(UNFCCC), the question of how to tackle the threat of climate change still remains unanswered. The global climate action plan requires a massive revamp,...
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