POLLUTION DEATHS

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Aug 2018 16:00:03


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THERE is no point in denying the impact of air pollution on human health and subsequent death. Experts have appealed to the government to take cognisance of studies by foreign as well as Indian experts, besides the periodic caution the World Health Organisation (WHO) has been issuing about the impact of air pollution on the quality of human health. According to studies conducted by international experts air pollution is shortening the lives of Indian people by nearly 1.5 years. Air pollution is leading to various life-threatening ailments like stroke, lung cancer, heart diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases etc. It is time that the Government takes serious note of these warnings and devisesmeasures to reduce air pollution in a time-bound manner because it is a matter of public health and public health is a major concern of the Government at all levels. National capital Delhi is already experiencing the serious consequences of air pollution with the megapolis enveloped in dense fog during a major part of the year.

 

DISRUPTIVE ELEMENT

 

WHEN educationist and IT industry expert Mr. Mohan Das Pai says that Artificial Intelligence (AI) has emerged as a major disruptive element in industry, there is need to take a serious note of the dangers that have grave consequences for the future. Mr. Pai says that Artificial Intelligence is expanding and things are automated now in vast areas of human activity with robots displacing humans in manufacturing, banking, financial services, life sciences etc. besides major technological changes. These changes may benefit the rich but the poor are going to suffer much more due to loss of livelihood earning jobs. This is going to create social and economic problems in not too distant a future. In a country of millions of jobless this is going to be a very problematic situation. It is time the country’s policy makers and even industry leaders give a serious thought to the possible consequences of over dependence on new technology that threatens to displace human element from manufacturing . Second thought is necessary.