India joined the Global Partnership of Artificial Intelligence as a founding member.
- On 15th June 2020, India joined the league of global economies as a founding member to launch the Global Partnership of Artificial Intelligence or Gee-Pay.
- The leading economies of the league are the USA, UK, EU, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore and the Republic of Korea.
- The founding members support responsible and human-centric development along with innovations, diversity, inclusion, economic growth and use of AI.
- This is the first initiative of using the experience and diversity of participating countries to understand the challenges and opportunities around AI.
- To bridge the gap between theory and practice on AI, the GPAI will use cutting-edge research and applied activities on AI-related priorities.
- To promote the responsible evolution of AI, GPAI will bring together the experts from industry, civil society, governments and academics.
- By joining the GPAI as a founding member, India can actively participate in the global development of AI.
- Also, GPAI will complement India’s National AI Strategy and National AI Portal.
What is GPAI?
- The GPAI is an international and multi-stakeholder plan to support the responsible and human-centric development and use of AI.
- GPAI ensures that AI is used without violating human rights and demographic values.
- GPAI will evaluate methodologies to show how AI can be used in the global crisis like COVID-19.
- GPAI is hosted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris.
- GPAI will have a secretariat and two Centers of Excellence at Montreal and Paris.
National AI Strategy
- To recognize AI’s potential to transform economies and to strategize its approach, India launched the National AI Strategy in 2018 by NITI AAYOG.
- The National Strategy is termed as AI for All. It is focused on the policy of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas.
- The strategy flags important issues like ethics, bias and privacy issues related to AI.
- The AI research is focused on the sectors like agriculture, health and education where investment and lead would be necessary.
- The government’s role is to develop research, ecosystem, promote adoption and address skilling challenges.
National AI Portal
- To keep up the AI innovation in India, the Indian government recently launched a one-stop digital platform for all AI-related developments called National AI Portal.
- The portal is collaboratively developed by the Ministry of Electronics and IT and IT industry, National e-Governance Division of Ministry of Electronics and IT and NASSCOM.
- It enables us to share resources like articles, startups, investment funds in AI, resource companies and educational institutions related to AI.
The 21st century is set to be defined by the development and widespread prevalence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the world. Countries like the USA and China are investing heavily into the field. India, so far, has been slow in AI research and development. The launch of the National AI strategy and now joining GPAI will help the country gain and share knowledge about AI. When ethics are ignored and biases are set in, AI could become a dangerous tool. A rogue nation or a person can misuse it causing damage to the world. The GPAI initiative with major economies as its members may bring out guidelines in ethical development and use of AI that the world can emulate.