India acknowledges the pivotal role of Artificial Intelligence and is poised to lead the way with the vision of ‘AI for All’, India’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Ruchira Kamboj said on September 18.
She was speaking at a side event titled ‘Artificial Intelligence for Accelerating Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals’ ahead of the 78th event of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
“Well, AI is scarily powerful! And India, as the world’s fastest-growing economy, acknowledges its pivotal role in this revolution. With the world’s largest pool of skilled AI professionals, we are poised to lead the way. By 2035, AI has the potential to contribute an astounding one trillion dollars to India’s economy,” Kamboj said while addressing the event.
She added, “Our vision is crystal clear: ‘AI for All’. We are committed to harnessing AI to propel inclusive growth, offer solutions for emerging economies, and confront global challenges while upholding the principles of responsible AI”.
Kamboj further said that India has taken multiple strategic steps such as the ‘INDIAai’ portal to realise the vision with an inclusive approach.
“And to realise this vision, India has taken strategic steps. In 2018, we unveiled the National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence. In 2022, we introduced the National Artificial Intelligence Portal, ‘INDIAai,’ concurrently, we are crafting a National Data Governance Policy to strike a balance between data accessibility for innovation and safeguarding user privacy and security. India has also pioneered the establishment of four Centers of Excellence in AI, dedicated to supporting startups and fostering innovation with plans. This inclusive approach encourages collaboration among all stakeholders, maximising the advantages of AI while minimizing its risks,” Kamboj said.
She added, “I will also quickly add that instances of AI application are abundant and diverse in India, from education to healthcare, agriculture, manufacturing and even defence. Just last week, an Indian company unveiled the world’s first wide-area AI-powered anti-drone system, INDRAJAAL, highlighting India’s continuous innovation and utilization of AI technology in addressing real-world challenges.
Emphasising India’s role as the Chair of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence, the Indian Ambassador said that New Delhi is actively steering the course of AI governance.
“And in our role as the Chair of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence, India is actively steering the course of AI governance. During the recent successful G20 Summit, our Prime Minister proposed a ‘framework for Responsible Human-Centric AI governance’. This framework aims to ensure that AI serves the global community while safeguarding against misuse. To this end, we are excited to host the GPAI Summit in New Delhi from 12-14 December 2023,” she said.
She further said that India is committed to sharing its experiences with emerging economies, extending opportunities for growth through our ecosystem and initiatives, particularly for nations in the Global South.
“Simultaneously, we are acutely aware of the risks associated with AI. To address these concerns, we will prioritize safety in AI development, advocate for transparency, integrate ethics into AI systems, uphold principles of fairness and non-discrimination, and establish clear regulations, especially in sensitive sectors such as healthcare and finance. Collaboration across borders will be imperative. We also recognize the need to invest in AI safety research,” the Indian ambassador added.
Kamboj reiterated that the future belongs to AI and emphasised PM Modi’s vision of India as a technology-driven and knowledge-based economy.
“Prime Minister Modi envisions India as a technology-driven and knowledge-based economy with robust public finances and a strong financial sector. However, and importantly, this vision always emphasizes a human touch, with the welfare of individuals and communities at the forefront. That is our guiding principle as we move forward,” Kamboj said.
(with inputs from ANI)