Stories By 'BIMAL PRATAP SHAH'
Navigating the congested streets of Kathmandu, one of the most polluted cities in the world, is never a pleasant experience.
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As the saying goes, ‘A digital economy is born when digital computing technologies enable economic activities.’ Some with the mindset of a bygone era might find it hard to fathom the dictum, but the digital economy has undeniably emerged as an unstoppable force that is growing at a rate of 10 percent per annum—triple the rate of overall global economic growth.
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The other day, I received a text message that read something like this: “Is Angelina Jolie a Cyborg?” A cyborg is a fictional being with physical abilities stretched beyond normal human limitations by mechanical components built into the body. Since, I knew nothing about her being a cyborg, I quickly texted back saying, “no.” But the strange question got me thinking about cyborgs in general.
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I remember Arundhati Roy once said, “If you’re happy in a dream, does that count?” To be honest, I am not sure.
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It is an irony that Nepal somehow ended up as an impoverished nation, even though the country always had the potential to harness tourism-related economic benefits and prosper like Switzerland.
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At one end of the spectrum is Silicon Valley in the US—a mecca celebrated for technology foresight, turbo charged entrepreneurial culture, and a strong technology venture capital ecosystem. At the other extreme is Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, where the essence of Silicon Valley is virtually non-existent.
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