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Bridging Teaching Gaps with Tech: Modi to Gates

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On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared his intention to provide the greatest education possible for kids in the nation and use technology to bridge any gaps left by incompetent teachers.

During a meeting with Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates, Prime Minister Modi stated that visual content is being created to appeal to children’s interests.

“I want to bring the best education to our children. The shortcomings of teachers, I want to fill with technology. If a child’s interest lies in visuals, in storytelling, we are developing content in that direction. I have conducted some surveys, I have seen, children are really enjoying it,” he said.

During the open and frank conversation, Prime Minister Modi discussed extensively how India has democratized technology for the betterment of its people, embracing the potential of digital to improve lives. He also expressed confidence that the nation will make significant progress in the fourth industrial revolution, which is centered around digital.

In order to reduce misinformation and deepfake-related harms in society, PM Modi also issued a warning, emphasizing that a powerful technology like AI in the hands of unskilled, untrained hands holds significant risk of misuse. He also argued for the need for clear “dos and don’ts” and the use of watermarks on AI-generated content.

The prime minister declared that he would not allow the global digital divide to happen in India, citing his knowledge of it.

“When I used to hear about the digital divide in the world, I used to say, I will not let this happen in my country, that there be a digital divide. And digital public infrastructure is itself a big requirement. Today, I want to bring the digital facilities to villages,” he said.

Lauding the “digital government”, Bill Gates said India is not just adapting technology but is actually leading the way and some of the digital systems create efficiency by getting rid of the middlemen, which is super beneficial.

“I sometimes say that I want to run such a government, as far as the middle class is concerned, the government should move out of their life, there shouldn’t be any need for the government in their life. Where there is a poor person, where the government is needed, there the government should be fully there. But where there is no need, without reason the government keeps doing – bring this, bring that, do this, do that. So, that will stop,” PM Modi said in response.

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