India bolstering its legal system to deal with digital data: Suresh Prabhu

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Suresh Prabhu

In an increasingly digitised world where data is new gold, India is working towards strengthening its legal system and regulatory framework to protect citizen’s privacy and ownership of data, said Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation.

Addressing the audience at the recently held ‘International Colloquium on Ethics and Governance of Autonomous AI System for a Better World’ in Delhi, the minister emphasised on the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology in reshaping the world and that the Government of India intends to use AI for good governance.

“Every country is developing an AI strategy and India too is working on developing a strategy for the use of AI for the common good,” he said.

Governments in developed countries are increasingly focusing on creating AI friendly policies, applications in socially relevant sectors, AI infrastructure (data eco-systems, data stacks, high speed computing including 5G networks, defence and space applications) and enabling eco-systems (governance, funding, partnerships, etc).

As per a report authored by MitKat Advisory Services, a leading management consultancy, the Government of India mandated the NITI Aayog to establish the National Programme on AI. NITI Aayog released the ‘National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence #AIFORALL’ in June 2018.

#AIFORALL’s approach aims at enhancing and empowering human capabilities to address the challenges of access, affordability, shortage and inconsistency of skilled expertise; effective implementation of AI initiatives to evolve scalable solutions for emerging economies; and endeavours to tackle some of the global challenges from AI’s perspective, be it application, research, development, technology, or responsible AI. The vision also identifies priority social and business sectors.

AI is a combination of innovations that empower machines to act with more elevated amounts of knowledge and imitate human capacities like sense, understand and act.

Although already in use across fields, rapid progress in AI and automation will present extraordinary opportunities for organisations, businesses, the economy and the society in general.

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