Theme : What does Artificial Intelligence (AI) hold for India?

The next wave of artificial intelligence (AI) is coming to our cities, roads, and homes. It will begin with personal assistants guiding our online and offline experiences. It will offer us more satisfying jobs and free us from monotonous tasks, allowing us to focus on the creative and social tasks that AI is incapable of.  Major technology companies are investing heavily and competing to bring the next AI into our lives. They are setting up research labs around the world and snatching up AI talent. It’s not just Google, Facebook, and Amazon, it’s also Indian and Chinese technology giants such as Paytm, Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent.

For AI visionaries, this shift opens opportunities to improve human welfare and quality of life. AI can deliver medical diagnosis at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods, bringing advanced health care to developing countries and remote communities. It will deliver nursing care for the vulnerable and elderly and help manage our infrastructure and natural resources more efficiently. The benefits aside, some view these developments as humanity’s first steps into a dystopian future that will see tens of millions of workers made redundant; others envision our lives being managed by AI in a future that does not need us.

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