While it is believed that companies design their internet according to their core customers – the English-speaking Americans, it would probably change within a few years for U.S. tech companies with India being at the focus. It is this market that is driving the anticipation that billions of people in Asia would get more internet savvy and active in 2018 as the internet becomes more accessible and with enhancement in language recognition
In India, the Apple brand is far from being as there are some “luxury” clothing that have the Apple logo plastered on them.
Billboards showcasing the iPhone X can be seen in abundance in the larger Indian cities even though the price tag of $999 for the phone is a mismatch with the per average capita income in India. Despite the presence of Chinese brands like Oppo and Vivo, Apple can still be seen on Indian roads.
The configuration of the artificial intelligence (AI) in autonomous vehicle would also have to be redone to suite the Indian road conditions and the traffic on the Indian roads if they are to be relevant in there.
While it would be possible to teach the rules of road to autonomous vehicles and then design the technology to take care of rare “edge cases” in the US, in India it is a completely different affair. Here, such technologies need to be reactive first and learn to read the eye contact of a motorcyclist to get an understanding of where one intends to go.
The developing world would leapfrog the West if there is no investment in the West in infrastructure.
An example is the Magarpatta City near Pune in India which is a smart “cyber city” with meticulous planning – ranging from safety of schoolchildren to irrigation of tree roots.
India could take advantage of new technologies like hyperloop in a manner that had not been able to be done by the New York Subway system never could because there is a willingness in Asia for demolishing old infrastructure.
And even in a democracy like India, the fundamental idea of privacy can be changed by data collection.
In India, the acts of purchasing a cell phone or signing up for Skype is much more invasive. This is thanks to the Aadhaar ID program of the Indian government which is a government ID based on the biometric data for every citizen. It can used everywhere – even to claim lost packages. This makes one remember that even for the world’s most populous democracy, the specter of a “surveillance state” is a reality.
The U.S. also need to give serious consideration to the H-1B visa reform. There are many more people in India who are getting online through their mobiles than just two years ago. The government is also trying to cut down on corruption. This implies that India is now a much better place for launching a tech company.
And on the other hand, the U.S. is turning away Indian engineers who hope to start companies there.
For companies receiving H-1B visas, about 71 per cent of jobs were bagged by Indians in 2015. And 66.5 per cent of H-1B visas were allocated to companies offering computer-related occupations hat very same year.
U.S. companies can stand to face serious competition if Indian engineers decide to begin startups in India in place of the U.S.
(Adapted from CNBC)