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Technology must be used for progress, not destruction: Modi

IANS  |  Dubai 

In a powerful message before a global audience, on Sunday cautioned the world against of destruction through and misuse of for radicalisation.

Addressing the sixth edition of the World Government Summit hosted by the government as the "Guest of Honour" this year, he also gave a clarion call to the world to unite on issues like through which poor children can be provided education.

In his keynote address on the last leg of his two-day visit to the United Arab Emirates, heard in rapt attention by Dubai's Vice President and and packed to its capacity of over 1,000 in the auditorium, he also talked about humanity coexisting with nature and not in conflict with it.

said poverty and malnutrition have not been wiped out from the world but still a large chunk of resources were being diverted towards augmenting missiles and other

"Despite all the progress, poverty and malnutrition have not gone away from the world. On the other hand, a large sum of money is being spent on increasing the speed of missiles and (destructive) capacity of bombs. We have to be alert that we make an instrument of progress, not of destruction," he said.

He said governments should be alert to the challenges from changes in so that the use of technology remains constructive. "Technology is a gift whose user manual does not mention ethical values. The misuse of for radicalisation is an example of abuse of technology by some people," said.

The said that the cost of mistake of making technology an instrument of struggle with the nature is very heavy. "For the future of humanity, we do not need struggle with the nature but coexistence. There are six important steps, six 'R's on this path: Reduce, reuse, recycle, recover, redesign, and remanufacture. The destinations these will take us will be "rejoice" or pleasure," he said to the applause from the audience.

Noting that people are living in "interconnected, interlinked and interdependent" world, he said "our problems are indivisible and so are there solutions to a large extent."

"This is certain that the problems that the world will face in the coming decades, their solution will have to be found jointly and technology will play a big role in this," he said.

Calling the 21st century as the century of Asia, Modi said that it took thousands of centuries to make progress from the stone age to industrial revolution but the took 200 years whereas the distance to digital revolution has been covered in a few years.

"Technology is changing at the speed of thought and necessity is no more the mother of invention. Inventions are giving birth to needs," he said.

The Prime Minister said technology has become a big instrument of "disruptive change" and has empowered the common man.

"Technology and its spread have empowered the common man and this empowerment has got strength from 'minimum government, maximum governance. The 'e' of is the first alphabet of effective, efficient, easy, empower and equitable," he said.

He said technological achievements such as and regeneration techniques were not only showing the way for but in treatment of cases of damage to body limbs.

"Farmers can save their crop and increase its yield with advance weather information. Lives of millions can be saved through disaster management," he said.

Modi said he monitors the progress of infrastructure and other development works in the country every month through and concerned states and central ministries are linked. "We call the programme 'Pragati' or progress," he said.

The Prime Minister said his government has created an innovation ecosystem in via the Start-up programme and has become a start-up nation.

He said India's unique identity programme (Aadhaar) is the largest in the world and has stopped leaks of $8 billion.

Recalling the saying by Kautilya in Arthshastra, Modi said that rulers should ensure that improvement in technology is in the interest of people.

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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 18:32 IST