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India Among World’s Most Optimistic about Technology

According to a survey conducted by SAP, Qualtrics and Indian Economic Forum, Indians exhibit greater trust in climate scientists and international organizations than people in other regions.

Indians are some of the most optimistic people in the world when it comes to technology, according to an opinion poll prepared by SAP and Qualtrics in conjunction with this year’s India Economic Summit. More than 10,000 respondents from 29 countries participated in the survey. The poll found Indian respondents are exceptional in terms of their optimism. Indian respondents exhibit greater trust in climate scientists and international organizations than people in other regions. They are also some of the least sceptical in the world about the motives of technology companies: more than two-thirds reject the idea that technology companies “only want to make money”.

Compared to global averages, Indian respondents more often say that technology makes “personal relationships”, “society” and “jobs” better. When asked the question “Would you say that new technologies make your life better or worse?” more than half responded, “much better”.

When it comes to the future of work, Indian respondents are embracing new technology, acknowledging that jobs may be jeopardized, but that a growing economy will continue to provide opportunities. One-half say their job could be mostly automated.

The rise of advanced technologies has the potential to create economic and social value, and bolster India’s goal of maintaining its growth momentum. These statistics indicate the foundation is there for accelerating the adoption of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies. The next step is to ensure the governance of them assists India in leapfrogging to an advanced stage of development while maintaining high levels of trust”

Sriram Gutta, Head of Community Development, India and South Asia, World Economic Forum.

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