India’s Minister of State for Entrepreneurship, Skill Development, Electronics and Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar called for global collaboration to ensure artificial intelligence (AI) represents goodness, safety and trust at the AI Safety Summit convened by UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire this week.
Representing India at the first meeting of its kind, the minister highlighted the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government’s many milestones in the field of digital economy and innovation. Over the last nine years, India has moved the digital economy from about 4-5 per cent of total GDP to 11 per cent today, with a target of 20 per cent by 2025-26.
Chandrasekhar said: “We have learned in the last 10-15 years as governments that by allowing innovation to get ahead of regulation we open ourselves to the toxicity, misinformation and weaponisation that we see on the internet today, represented by social media; and we certainly can agree today that that is not what we should charge for the coming years in terms of AI.
“We certainly want AI and the broader internet and tech to represent goodness, safety and trust. And, underpinning all of that, platforms and innovators that demonstrate accountability under law to all those who use it.”
With India's innovation economy and ecosystem are growing at about two and a half to three times faster than the non-digital part of the GDP, all things digital, the digital economy, the innovation ecosystem, represent real bread and butter, real goals and real objectives, he explained.
He added: “Artificial intelligence for us, as we see it, is a kinetic enabler of the already accelerating, already expanding digital economy, innovation, growth and governance,” said the minister and former tech investor.
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“We are very clear that AI represents a big opportunity for us, as well as we are extremely clear in our minds about what we need to do in terms of mitigating all of the other downsides that AI and indeed any emerging technology can or will represent.
“We look at AI, and indeed technology in general, through the prism of openness, safety and trust and accountability.”
*Info: AI Safety Summit