On behalf of the editorial team of Exponent Group of Journals – Information Technology and the authors, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all our readers for the 2nd volume of the year 2018. Today we are on the brink of the 4th industrial revolution as indicated by Professor Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum. In his book, The Fourth Industrial Revolution, he highlights how the 4th revolution builds on top of the 3rd industrial revolution, also known as Digital Revolution, and represents innovative ways through which technology will fundamentally alter the way we live, work and relate to one another. In fact, technology is now changing at an exponential pace unlike the previous industrial revolutions. The fourth revolution is marked by key technological advancement in multiple areas such as robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, quantum computing, biotechnology, The Internet of Things (IoT), 3D Printing and autonomous vehicles (also known as driverless cars). Thus, it becomes imperative for everyone, and especially those who work in a domain related to Information Technology, to be well informed of the upcoming technology trends and utilize that knowledge for one’s progress. In pursuit of this effort, we have handpicked a few articles and news events to share with you all.
As has been our trend, we start the volume with the “I.T. in News” section, wherein we present global news that highlights not only the technological advancement in areas such as quantum computing, artificial intelligence, etc. but also the impact it has on our lives. Subsequently, we present you an article on a topic that is related to each and every Indian citizen, the Aadhar Card. Aadhar card, as we all know, is an identification document having a 12 digit unique number and is mandatory for every Indian citizen. The article starts by covering the history of Aadhar card and how one can procure the card. The article then covers the benefits of Aadhar card by enumerating its applications in our day-to-day life.