Abrar Hussain: Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus urged everyone yesterday to renounce civilization ‘based on greed’ and move on with a farsighted vision to address global issues.
Yunus made the appeal while inaugurating the eighth Social Business Day organized by Yunus Center at Infosys Electronic City Campus in Bangalore, India.
In his opening speech, he said that people are becoming ‘profit-driven robots’ living only to gain income.
“Profit is important but we need to put on bifocal glasses with a near and a farsighted vision.”
He said that only 1% of the global population controls 73% of the wealth, warning that greed will start swallowing up everything creating conflicts everywhere.
“Technology is both blessing and curse. While a large number of youths remained unemployed, many are losing their jobs because smart machines are taking away their jobs,” he said.