For a year now, the COVID pandemic has discouraged human contact. Now it seems, the science of touch is poised to make a comeback in multiple arenas – and India-born scientists are leading global efforts poised to make tactile technology the new frontier in communication.
Even as the state was still coming out of the misery and mourning of the 2013 disaster, the most recent calamity forces us to ask the question: Were we really caught unawares? Or have we kept on ignoring nature’s warnings time and again?
Dr Joseph Makin and colleagues from the University of California, San Francisco, reported in Nature that they had actually translated the thoughts active in the brains of four women into real words, bringing mind-reading a step closer to reality.
Even though it seemed as if the focus of the entire scientific community round the globe had shifted towards the fight against the deadly virus, innumerable scientific & technological breakthroughs were notched up by the global scientific community.
It is expected that the proposals and initiatives envisaged in the new science, technology and innovation policy would measure up to being game-changers for the STI ecosystem in the country fueling the country’s march to a self-reliant S&T landscape that is also globally relevant.
Triggered by the challenge of the Covid-19 lockdown and spurred by two timely enabling provisions of the government, telemedicine has taken off in India – and may permanently impact how healthcare is delivered.