There is no escaping from the internet which has become the provider of all knowledge and entertainment. From learning how to code online to perfecting your ‘slo-mo’ dance moves, there’s only a few switches and clicks that come to your aid.
AI AND ROBOTICS, THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THIS TECH REVOLUTION WILL ONLY CONTINUE TO PUSH THE BOUNDARIES OF WHAT ALL THAT PHONE IN YOUR POCKET
The internet, telephony and mass media have become ubiquitous to our lives. While Roti (bread), Kapda (Clothes) and Makaan (House) have been the bare necessities of life as proclaimed by our learned ancestors, Wi-Fi (and I am using this here only as a collective noun for all the afore-mentioned delivery channels of our digital / telephony /media needs) has become the fourth, very critical pillar. Remove it and the structure of stability that we subsist under seems perilously close to come crumbling down.
So, while this is a change that we have embraced wholeheartedly, an associated aspect has stealthily, and possibly unnoticed, has crept into our lives. This is nothing but the expenditure we incur to ensure that the digital bits continue to flow in our connected bloodstream.
The reality is that in a typical scenario, these get billed at different points during the month, usually based on the initial date when you purchased or signed up for the service. So, one does not usually bucketize these expenses and one continues to see (and pay) them in isolation.
The above total up to approximately INR 8000 per month, viz. INR 1 Lac per year. No small change, really. And do note, these sit outside of your typical rental/ EMI, household, commuting, leisure expenses, etc. In fact, a whole new expense stream created (primarily) in the 21st century.
And with the rapid developments in the areas of Cloud, AI and Robotics, there is no doubt that this tech revolution will only continue to push the boundaries of what all that phone in your pocket or tab in your back pack can do. Which means more downloads, more subscriptions and more….….. you, get the drift, don’t you?