India will soon become global hub for Artificial Intelligence, PM hopes

New Delhi, Oct 5 (UNI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday hoped that India will soon become a global hub for Artificial Intelligence and many more Indians will start working on this, in the times to come.

Inaugurating RAISE 2020, a Mega Virtual Summit on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and a global meeting of minds to exchange ideas and chart a course for using AI for social transformation, inclusion and empowerment in areas like Healthcare, Agriculture, Education and Smart Mobility, among other sectors, the PM said the National Programme on Artificial Intelligence will be dedicated for solving the problems of society.
The approach towards the goal to make India a global hub for Artificial Intelligence is powered by core principles of Teamwork, Trust, Collaboration, Responsibility and Inclusivity, he added.

Pointing out that India has led the world in knowledge and learning and will continue to digitally excel and delight the world, the Prime Minister said India has experienced how technology helps in improving transparency and service delivery.

Mr Modi stressed how the world’s largest unique identity system – Aadhaar, along with the world’s most innovative digital payments system – UPI, has enabled providing access to digital services, including financial services, like Direct Cash Transfers to the poor and marginalised.

During the pandemic, it has enabled in reaching out to people with help, at the earliest and in the most efficient manner.The Prime Minister said India has recently adopted the National Education Policy 2020, which focuses on technology-based learning and skilling as a major part of education.He added that E-courses will also be developed in various regional languages and dialects.

This whole effort will benefit from the Natural Language Processing (NLP) capabilities of AI platforms. He said under the ‘Responsible AI for Youth’ programme launched in April 2020, more than 11,000 students from schools completed the basic course. They are now building their AI projects.
The Prime Minister said the National Educational Technology Forum will create an e-Education unit to boost the digital infrastructure, digital content and capacity. He elaborated the steps taken to keep pace with the emerging technologies like setting up of Virtual labs, Atal Innovation Mission.

He further said the National Programme on Artificial Intelligence will be dedicated for solving problems of society.

Mr Modi listed the sectors, in which he envisions a big role for AI – agriculture, creating next generation urban infrastructure, addressing urban issues like: reducing traffic jams, improving sewage systems and laying energy grids, making disaster management systems stronger and solving the problem of climate change.

He suggested using AI to seamlessly bridge language barriers and preserve the diversity of languages and dialects. He also suggested using AI for knowledge sharing.

The Prime Minister said Algorithm Transparency is key to establishing trust in how AI is used and it remains our collective responsibility to ensure it.He urged to protect the world against weaponisation of AI by Non-State Actors. Mr Modi said human creativity and human emotions continue to be the greatest strength of human beings and unique advantage over machines.

He urged everyone to think about how this intellectual edge over machines can be retained and ensure human intelligence is always a few steps ahead of AI.

‘We should think about how AI can help the humans to increase their own capacities,’ Mr Modi suggested.The Prime Minister said AI will unlock the unique potential of each person and empower them to contribute more effectively to the society.
He urged the participants at RAISE 2020 to exchange ideas and chart a common course for the adoption of Artificial Intelligence. He wished that the Action Roadmap for Responsible AI created out of the discussion would help in transforming the lives and livelihoods of people across the world.

The Prime Minister praised the organisers for encouraging discussion on Artificial Intelligence.Stating that technology has transformed the workplaces and improved connectivity, Mr Modi hoped the merger between social responsibility and AI would enrich AI with a human touch.
‘The teamwork of AI with humans can do wonders for our planet,’ he added.


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