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Hemos aprendido a volar con un pájaro y a nadar como un pez, pero hemos olvidado caminar y vivir como seres humanos. Solo cuando nos demos cuenta de esto, nuestra vida será feliz.
8 de septiembre 2022, Amritapuri Ashram
Se ha celebrado Onam en el ashram de Amritapuri. Swami Purnamritananda dio comienzo al programa del día con su discurso de Onam, explicando algunos significados profundos acerca de la festividad.
Amma llegó al escenario poco antes de las 9 de la mañana y guió a todos los asistentes durante la meditación y las oraciones de paz para toda la creación.
Después Amma empezó a cantar Unni Ganapatiye Rasikaraj Braja, pidiendo a todos que se olvidasen de todo y se sumergieran en el momento.
Este hospital es una mezcla de modernidad y espiritualidad y se convertirá en un entorno de tratamientos accesibles y asequibles para pacientes necesitados. Es una combinación de conciencia espiritual y ofrendas del mundo moderno.
24 Agosto 2022, Faridabad, Hayana
– Inauguración del Hospital Amrita
Hoy, se ha inagurado el nuevo Hospital Amrita de 2.600 camas de Faridabad, repartido en 52 hectáreas, de la mano del Honorable Primer Ministro de India Shri Narendra Modi, en la divina presencia de Amma. Una vez que esté en plena funcionalidad, será el hospital privado más grande de India.
El Señor Krishna nos mostró con el ejemplo de su vida como ser feliz desde la infancia hasta la vejez y como hacer de toda nuestra vida una celebración.
19 Agosto 2022 – Faridabad, Haryana
Extractos del mensaje de Amma en Krishna Jayanti.
Como una luna llena en la oscuridad de la noche, Bhagavan descendió entre nosotros. Aunque nacido hace 5000 años, el inmortal Sri Krishna vive aún en los corazones humanos como amor, belleza y buena cultura. Bhagavan Krishna puede ser visto a través de la vida social, las artes, la literatura, las escrituras y la historia de India. En Sri Krishna vemos la imagen de una vida completa. En él hay amor, ternura, conocimiento, desapego, paciencia, generosidad, compasión y valentía.
The Prime Minister of India says Amrita Hospital, Faridabad is a blend of modern medicine and traditional practices
With 2,600 beds, Amrita Hospital, Faridabad includes eight Centers of Excellence and 81 specialty departments
Faridabad, Haryana– August 24, 2022
The Honorable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, inaugurated Amrita Hospital, Faridabad in the presence of Amma. The inauguration was attended by hundreds of governmental and non-governmental dignitaries as well as medical professionals and educators from India and abroad.
Thousands of citizens from Delhi and Faridabad and surrounding villages were also there, along with Amma’s devotees, who had come from all over the world to participate in the historic inauguration of India’s largest private hospital.
El primer ministro de la India afirma que el Hospital Amrita de Faridabad es una mezcla de medicina moderna y prácticas tradicionales
Con 2600 camas, el Hospital Amrita, Faridabad cuenta con 8 centros de excelencia y 81 departamentos especializados
Faridabad, Hariana – 24 de agosto de 2022
El honorable primer ministro de la India, Shri Narendra Modi, inauguró el Hospital Amrita, Faridabad en presencia de Amma. A la inauguración asistieron cientos de dignatarios gubernamentales y no gubernamentales, así como profesionales médicos y educadores de la India y del extranjero.
También estaban allí miles de ciudadanos de Delhi y Faridabad y de los pueblos cercanos, junto con los devotos de Amma, que habían venido de todo el mundo para participar en la histórica inauguración del hospital privado más grande de la India.
Prime Minister of India to inaugurate Amrita Hospital, Faridabad
Faridabad, Haryana– August 11, 2022
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Amrita Hospital, Faridabad on August 24, 2022. The 2,400-bed healthcare institution will be India’s largest private sector hospital and opens under the auspices of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math (MAM). Amma will grace the occasion with her presence and mark a new chapter of compassionate and inclusive care by MAM.
The hospital’s benefits will go beyond providing access to the latest in healthcare technology and high-quality patient care in the Delhi NCR. Amrita Hospital, Faridabad has a vision to deliver its services to a patient catchment area extending all over North and North-East India.
El primer ministro de la India inaugurará el nuevo Hospital Amrita de Faridabad
Faridabad, Haryana– 11 de agosto de 2022
El primer ministro Narendra Modi inaugurará el Hospital Amrita, Faridabad, el 24 de agosto de 2022. La institución de atención médica de 2400 camas será el hospital del sector privado más grande de India y abre sus puertas bajo los auspicios del Mata Amritanandamayi Math (MAM). Amma honrará la ocasión con su presencia y marcará un nuevo capítulo de atención compasiva e inclusiva por parte del MAM.
Los beneficios del hospital irán más allá de brindar acceso a lo último en tecnología de atención médica y atención al paciente de alta calidad en la zona de Delhi donde se ubica. El Hospital Amrita de Faridabad, va más allá y tiene como misión brindar sus servicios a pacientes de un área geográfica que se extiende por todo el norte y el noreste de la India.
The hands that serve: Relief work for refugees from Ukraine
Poland and Hungary – March 2022
When the war started between Russia and Ukraine, Amma’s volunteers from across Europe head to border points in Poland and Hungary to aid refugees. Bearing harsh winter weather, they stayed put to care for women, children, and Indian students who arrived after traveling long distances to escape the fighting.
Manos que sirven a los demás: ayuda humanitaria a los refugiados de Ucrania
Polonia y Hungría – marzo 2022
Cuando comenzó la guerra entre Rusia y Ucrania, nuestros voluntarios de toda Europa se dirigieron a los puntos fronterizos de Polonia y Hungría para ayudar a los refugiados. Soportando el duro clima invernal, se quedaron allí para cuidar a mujeres, niños y estudiantes indios que llegaron tras viajar largas distancias para escapar de los combates.
AI, data, and robotics must be for the common good
Brussels, Belgium – July 5-6, 2022
Though not a surprise, it can still be astounding to watch the impact that the continuing evolution of AI, data, and robotics has upon our society. When we wake up, many of us reach for our mobiles or laptops to plan the day.
But how to ensure these technologies do not have negative impacts upon humankind? Especially when it comes to those who live at the bottom of the economic pyramid?
“When we say robotics and AI are for good, I think the good part should come first and then the AI, the robotics, or whatever technology you want to use comes next. It is a reframing,” said Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham’s Dr Bhavani Rao at the FARI for the Common Good Institute’s International Conference in Brussels, Belgium.
“You have to think about everybody in the world and that is a mind shift. There are certain common goods that are beyond national or regional boundaries, and that’s a shift that the technology world has to make. We have a responsibility towards that. You think you solve one problem, and you can break things in another place.”
FARI is an independent, not-for-profit Artificial Intelligence initiative led by two universities in Brussels, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), and aims to help address the everyday and long-term challenges of AI and robotics. With the premise that the future of AI, data, and robotics should serve the common good, the two-day international conference aimed at co-shaping an AI strategy that is sustainable, inclusive, and comprehensive.
Dr Rao travelled to Brussels to attend the gathering, for which she expressed gratitude in being able to meet her fellow academics in person as the pandemic ends. She has an interconnected set of responsibilities at Amrita as the Dean of the School of Social Work & Behavioral Sciences; the Director of AMMACHI Labs which designs and implements technologies to solve social problems; and Amrita’s UNESCO Chair in Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality.
“At our university, we have a very unique mandate in research—it has to have social impact. It’s very rare that we do research which is only in the lab. Almost everything that we do has something tangible that is happening in the field, solving a real-world problem,” explained Dr Rao.
AMMACHI Labs’ research tackles a particular issue, not a particular kind of a technology, and then creates innovative methods to find solutions. One of its largest projects has been skill development in rural India. With a population of 1.39 billion according to the World Bank, the country is the world’s second most populated nation. Most of those people, 66 percent, are below the age of 35 and at the same time, 64 percent of Indians live in rural areas.
As for the most critical issue, the Pew Research Center using World Bank data has estimated that the number of poor in India (with an income of $2 per day or less in purchasing power parity) has more than doubled to 134 million from 60 million due to COVID-19 and the pandemic’s resultant recession.
“Let’s look at this really challenging problem of skill development in India. We have more than 500 million Indians who need some kind of training,” said Dr Rao. “Do we have the infrastructure to do it? We started working on this problem in 2009, and it still looms large despite the efforts we have made.
“We are a very diverse population. We are scattered in such a wide area. We have different languages. We don’t have the kind of infrastructure that can deliver good education. Nobody wants to talk about it. You push it under the carpet because it is not elite.”
One of the key issues is that once someone is trained in a particular vocation, they leave for the city to earn and no one is left back in the village to pass on the knowledge. There is also a social stigma attached to the vocational trades, more so in India where you had a caste system. A plumber is considered a low-caste job, so nobody wants to take it on even if the money earned is higher.
When AMMACHI Labs began its work in skills training, it established a focus on empowering women, as village women are, by tradition, the caregivers of the rest of the family and this leads to society at large.
“Women are the keepers of all vulnerable populations. They look after the aged. They look after the children. They look after the cows in the fields. They look after the water sources. They pretty much take care of everybody, including the men. So, we have a very good chance of actually addressing a much larger scenario when we work with women,” said Dr Rao.
Yet, at the same time, women are the most disadvantaged. The level engaged in the paid workforce in India is less than 20 percent. To address this, AMMACHI Labs explored a series of technology to train women in skill development using e-content on vocational trades. As the project evolved, they developed robotic technology to directly engage the students in the physical skills they needed to learn.
“We built the first haptic simulator in the country. It is a force feedback device with three degrees of freedom and one degree of force feedback. It simulates about 18 different tools in the computer. We fed the machine with data from experts in the construction business to record all the movements and gestures,” said Dr Rao.
The haptic simulator was a success and led to the development of more complicated simulators, but then came the question of addressing the entire ecosystem of learning. This meant establishing systems that would make practical sense in the women’s daily lives. The first issue to address became the health of their children, especially since E. coli contamination is one of the biggest problems in villages. Three hundred thousand children five-years-old and under die of diarrhoea each year, according to the Govt of India.
Many of the women with whom AMMACHI Labs worked were manual labourers, so a project was initiated to use digital training for toilet construction to provide for their homes and communities. The women received certificates in recognition of their vocational skills and were eligible for three times the money they made in general manual labour. Timing-wise, this worked well with the Central Government’s national agenda to end open defecation across the country.
“The women were very excited. In the first cohort of 18 villages, we worked with about 10 women from each village and taught them masonry, plumbing, and plastering using all the technologies that we had developed to build toilets in their villages,” said Dr Rao.
“Most of those villages were declared open defecation free (ODF) by the Govt of India. It was something that we were very proud of, so we took it even further.”
AMMACHI Labs projects quickly expanded and now include developing teams of women to test water contamination in their villages, a robot to monitor and mentor school children in handwashing, and further development of technology to support skills training instead of robots replacing people in the workforce.
The vital component of this evolution is that we must realise the dependence of the parts upon the complex whole to which they belong. Technology has no meaning without relationships, environment, and context. Its development cannot be abandoned, but it must be ethical.
“Technology is an amplifier. Please remember that,” concluded Dr Rao as she shared from the heart that it can be a means to a better world.
“There are some very core SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals)— like gender equality, reduced inequalities overall, responsible consumption—and I think as the academics, it’s our moral responsibility and duty to spread the knowledge and share the wisdom.”
Photo 1: AMMACHI Labs developed India’s first haptic simulator, a robotic device that can replicate construction tools via computer and user interaction.
Photo 2: ARI for the Common Good Institute helps address the everyday and long-term challenges of AI and robotics.
Photo 3: AMMACHI Labs works with women in villages across India to teach them masonry, plumbing, and plastering as an alternative means of income for their families.
Photo 4: A crucial key to AMMACHI Labs’ work is to first consult with the villagers about their needs and priorities and then ensure their voices remain central in the development of solutions.
Photo 5: AMMACHI Labs also focuses on empowering women, as village women are, by tradition, the caregivers of the rest of the family and this leads to society at large.
Photo 6: AMMACHI Labs works to provide village women with skills training in vocational trades so they may transcend daily wage labour and earn significantly higher income for their families.
La IA, los datos y la robótica deben ser para el bien común
Bruselas, Bélgica – 5 y 6 de julio de 2022
Aunque no es una sorpresa, aún puede ser sorprendente observar el impacto que tiene en nuestra sociedad la continua evolución de la IA, los datos y la robótica. Cuando nos despertamos, muchos de nosotros buscamos nuestros móviles o portátiles para planificar el día.
¿Y cómo garantizar que estas tecnologías no tengan impactos negativos sobre la humanidad? Especialmente cuando se trata de aquellos que viven en la base de la pirámide económica.
“Cuando decimos que la robótica y la IA son para bien común, creo que el bien común debería ser lo primero y luego vendría la IA, la robótica o cualquier tecnología que quieras usar. Hay que hacer un replanteamiento”, dijo la Dra Bhavani Rao de Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham en el FARI - Congreso Internacional del Instituto del Bien Común celebrado en Bruselas, Bélgica.