Importance of Convergence in Technology stressed

The future of warfare depends on human-machine interface and the world is now moving towards nanotechnology with convergence in Electronics, Instrumentation and Information Technology, said Sivathanu Pillai, Chief Controller of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), here on Thursday.

He was attending the inauguration of a three-day national level technical fest, ‘Revelation 10′, at Pondicherry Engineering College (PEC).

Stressing the importance of core engineering sectors such as instrumentation, Mr. Pillai said that experts in such fields of study provided valuable data in analysing post-flight scenarios during launch of satellites and missiles.

He said that such engineers and scientists played a vital role in the development of the country’s space technology as data from failed launches served as guiding points for future satellite and missile development missions.

Commenting on advancement in nanotechnology and its impact on sound healthcare services, Mr. Pillai said it was possible to cure even ailments such as Parkinson’s disease with a single chip implanted in the human brain.

He pointed out at certain predictions that by 2029, if need be, “advancement in this field of technology can even see such chips taking over the functions of the brain completely.”

Later, while making a presentation to students, Mr. Pillai said that over 40 different industries were involved in the development of the country’s rocket technology and that India now had the capability to build all such technology indigenously.

He briefly touched upon challenges faced by scientists during the development of supersonic missiles such as Brahmos.

S. Vijayaraghavan, president of ISA, South India section, and V. Prithviraj, Principal of PEC, were present at the inauguration.

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