India committed to grounded, human rights compliant Artificial Intelligence

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Artificial Intelligence , or AI, considered to be capable of getting us the life-changing technology is a buzzword in the digital world. India too wants to ride the AI wave, but with commitment to its use , well grounded in human rights and inclusion. Poor or rich, no one should be left out of the benefits of the AI and the ground-breaking technology should not violate human rights in any form.

” India today joined the league of leading economies including USA, UK, EU, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Singapore to launch the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI or Gee-Pay). GPAI is an international and multi-stakeholder initiative to guide the responsible development and use of AI, grounded in human rights, inclusion, diversity, innovation, and economic growth”, according to a statement of the Indian Ministry of Electronics and IT.

When human intelligence is transferred into machines through simulation , it is referred to as Artificial intelligence . Thus, machines are being programmed to increasingly do tasks which are supposed to be done by human beings. Its use is being recognised in several sectors like agriculture, education, healthcare, manufacturing, transporation and civic management. Simply put, it is an automation at the next level.

The GPAI initiative will look to bridge the gap between theory and practice on AI by supporting cutting-edge research and applied activities on AI-related priorities, it said. At the immediate contextual and urgent level, ” GPAI will bring together leading experts from industry, civil society, governments and academia to collaborate to promote responsible evolution of AI and will also evolve methodologies to show how AI can be leveraged to better respond to the present global crisis around COVID-19”.

India has recently launched national AI strategy and AI Portal leveraging it across various sectors such as education, agriculture, healthcare, e-commerce, finance and telecommunications. ”By joining GPAI as a founding member, India will actively participate in the global development of Artificial Intelligence, leveraging upon its experience around use of digital technologies for inclusive growth.

GPAI will be supported by a Secretariat, to be hosted by Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, as well as by two Centers of Expertise- one each in Montreal and Paris, the Electronics and IT Ministry stated.

In a recent address, Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary,Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) said with a data-rich environment, India can be world’s leading AI laboratory which can eventually transform lives globally.

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