India’s Massive Digital Footprint Biggest Strength For AI Development: NITI Aayog CEO
Amitabh Kant, chief executive officer of Niti Aayog, speaks during a panel discussion at the Bloomberg India Economic Forum in Mumbai, India. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)  

India’s Massive Digital Footprint Biggest Strength For AI Development: NITI Aayog CEO

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India's digital footprint marks its biggest strength for artificial intelligence development, and established platforms like Aadhaar, UPI create a "unique opportunity" for this futuristic technology to be leveraged to enhance transparency and improve governance, NITI Aayog Chief Executive Amitabh Kant said on Friday.

Speaking at the closing session of RAISE 2020 Summit, Kant said India optimally leveraging AI to solve its developmental challenges will not only lead to a societal transformation within, but will also benefit other nations in the world, who face similar issues.

"Data lies at the core of development of AI technologies. India's digital footprint is its biggest strength for AI development," he said.

"India's digitisation efforts through platforms such as Aadhaar, UPI, GST, public finance management system and digital infrastructure has created a unique opportunity for AI to be leveraged to increase transparency and improve governance," Kant said.

India's resolve to successfully leverage AI to solve various developmental challenges will not just transform the lives of 1.4 billion population here, but, in fact, also holds out a promise for billions of people across the world, who are moving from poverty to middle class.

"Actually, when India solves using AI for people of India, it is not solving for 1.4 billion people of India but for the next 7 billion people of the world who are moving from poverty to middle class," he said.

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Kant further said that India's 'National program on AI' will be dedicated towards the rightful use of the technology in solving societal problems.

AI for social empowerment can define new era of co-operation and prosperity, thus ushering the next level of progress. "We are still in the AI 'spring', we are still at its beginning era. And this summit has cemented India's position in AI world," he said.

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