Global technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) would help create new opportunities in India for delivering services, needs, and priorities in sectors like education, health, management, and others through smart thinking, a top government official said at an ASSOCHAM event held in New Delhi.
Secretary to the Department of Science and Technology (DST) professor Ashutosh Sharma added that AI might not destroy jobs but replace people who are not there.
“In India, we need to create new opportunities using the same technology. Clearly skills are essential, but basically, you need to identify the unmet needs, unreached people who are not served by technology,” said professor Sharma.
The secretary also informed that the Department of Science and Technology is starting a mission called Cyber-Physical System which is a marriage between information, decision making, and AI.
This cyber mission is worth about Rs 3,660 crore for the next three years; it would set up hubs in every conceivable area of artificial intelligence.
Professor Sharma also informed that another parallel mission is starting in quantum communication and computing. There is another national mission going on which is related to supercomputing whereby DST and MeitY (Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology) are working as partners and setting up a large number of supercomputers in the country.
“The missions include the entire end-to-end value chain from knowledge generation to knowledge consumption. While it has basic R&D, it also has technology development, skills, human resource development, incubators, support for start-ups, international collaborations,” he said.