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GPAI Summit 2023: India Plots AI-Powered Solutions for Healthcare and Agriculture


In GPAI Summit 2023, India revealed its plans to start a new mission combining AI-powered solutions in healthcare and agriculture. AI in agriculture and digital health can help India climb the economic growth graph. Technology innovations in the agriculture sector could lead to smart agriculture mechanisms that increase production along with profitability and enable farmers to make better decisions at every stage of the crop-growing process. GPAI Summit 2023 will prove to be an excellent opportunity for the exchange of ideas and a great learning experience for every delegate. The outcomes, when implemented, will pave the way for building a responsible and sustainable future. Here are the principles and sustainable development goals put forward by the government in GPAI Summit 2023.

India Will Take Advantage of AI: PM Modi
India is emerging as a major player in terms of AI talent and AI-related ideas. A vibrant AI spirit is visible across India Inc. as Indian youth test and push the frontier of AI tech. Technology leaders spearhead this to bring social change through technology. A case in point is the recently launched AI agriculture chatbot, which will help farmers in various aspects of farming. AI will be used more in the fields of healthcare and Sustainable Development Goals.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, “This will help India’s innovators and startups get better facilities. Under this mission, AI applications in agriculture, healthcare, and education-related sectors will be promoted.”

The GPAI Summit will be chaired by India next year at a time when artificial intelligence is being discussed worldwide. Note the positives and negatives that emerge, the responsibilities placed on each nation, and a reminder of the interaction with various AI leaders and the GPAI Summit discussion. Artificial intelligence has impacted every country, whether small or large, and suggested proceeding with caution. The discussion at the GPAI summit will give direction and secure the fundamental roots of humanity.

The PM says, “India's development mantra is ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas.’ The government designed its policies and programs in the spirit of AI for all. The government strives to make the most of the capabilities of artificial intelligence for social development and inclusive growth while committing to its responsible and ethical use.”

Also announced at the GPAI summit is the launch of the National Artificial Intelligence Program and the soon-to-be-launched Artificial Intelligence Mission to establish the computational capabilities of artificial intelligence. This will provide better services to startups and innovators in India and also boost AI applications in agriculture, healthcare, and education sectors. Transferring AI-related skills to tier 2 and 3 cities through educational training institutions. India's national AI portal promotes AI initiatives, the AIRAWAT initiative, and a common platform is expected to open up to every research lab, industry, and startup.

AI for All
AI is becoming the biggest foundation for shaping the new future. As artificial intelligence can bring people together, it ensures not only economic development but also equality and social justice. In the last century, there was unequal access to technology, which further exacerbated inequalities in society. To prevent this, democratic values should not be neglected in technology to become a multiplier of inclusion. The direction of the development of artificial intelligence will depend entirely on human and democratic values. It is up to us to maintain a place for emotion, ethics, and efficiency.

“We have to complete the global framework within a given time limit. It is very important to do this to protect humanity”, adds PM Modi.

For any system to be sustainable, it must be transformative, transparent, and trustworthy. There's no doubt that AI is transformative, but it's up to us to make it more and more transparent. Keeping the data used transparent and free of bias will be a good start.

The PM says, “It is essential to assure all countries that no one is left behind on the AI development path. Trust in AI will only grow when the associated ethical, economic, and social aspects are addressed. One way to do this is to make upskilling and reskilling part of the AI growth curve. Data protection and guarantees to the global south will also dispel many concerns.”

Human-Centric AI Governance
AI has many negative aspects; although it has the potential to become the most powerful development tool of the 21st century, it can also play a key role in its destruction. The challenges of deepfake, cyber security, data theft, and terrorist organizations fall into the hands of AI tools. India proposes to create a framework for the responsible governance of human-centered AI during India's G20 presidency, and the G20 New Delhi Declaration reaffirmed the commitment of all member countries to the ‘AI Principles.’ Cooperation, as well as agreements and protocols on various international issues and the creation of a framework for the ethical use of artificial intelligence, including the testing and development of high-risk or borderline artificial intelligence tools.

“We have to complete the global framework within a given time limit. It is very important to do this to protect humanity”, adds PM Modi.

CIO Insider magazine recently interacted with Sameer L. Kanodia, Managing Director and CEO, Lumina Datamatics Limited, and he says, “Integrating AI into your organization hinges on aligning it with specific needs. Various impactful areas emerge from machine learning's predictive analysis and recommendation systems to NLP's text analysis capabilities."

We see AI as a global movement, and collaboration is needed. Several issues need to be addressed to increase the credibility of AI, such as data sets for testing and training AI tools and the length and duration of testing before any product is released. A software watermark can be implemented to mark any information or product as AI-generated.

The Prime Minister reached out to stakeholders and asked them to examine data from various evidence-based decision-making schemes and see if the data could be used to train AI tools. There could be an audit mechanism that could categorize AI tools as red, yellow, or green based on their capabilities. Can we create an institutional mechanism to ensure sustainable employment? Can we bring a standardized global AI education curriculum? Can we set standards to prepare people for an AI-driven future?

Noting the hundreds of languages and thousands of dialects in India, the Prime Minister suggested using artificial intelligence to make digital services available in local languages to increase digital inclusion. He also proposed the use of artificial intelligence to revive languages no longer spoken, expand the rich knowledge base and literature of the Sanskrit language, and reunite the missing volumes of Vedic mathematics.

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