The noice around the perils of artificial intelligence is growing by the day. Considering India is ahead of many countries in embracing and implementing the emerging technology, the central government has decided to form a “policy group” that will be studying the new technologies and then recommend a framework for its adoption.
Speaking to PTI, Nasscom’s vice president K S Viswanathan recently revealed that the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has formed a policy group with representation from the academia, which has done a lot of research on the subject, and Nasscom has been chosen to offer industry’s perspective.
When asked about the growing concerns over AI globally, Viswanathan said, “We all are currently working out on a policy framework on AI.”
The policy group will be focusing its attention on aspects such as skilling the workforce, security, privacy and fixing responsibility if anything goes the wrong way.
“We have to create a thought leadership on what is this programme all about, what is the likely impact. Create a thought leadership when AI becomes a reality, what are the elements and sub-elements which need to be taken care of, how do we take care of that,” Viswanathan said.
In July, Facebook’s AI efforts hit a temporary bump when it had to shut down one of its AI systems after its chatbots started speaking in their own language rather than in the codes that were fed into them. What made everyone nervous in the world of tech wasn’t that the AI became destructive and went on a spree to shut down computers all around the world or anything of that sort, but the fact that it just stopped using English and started conversing in a language that it had created. Fearing an AI uprising was in the vicinity, Facebook decided to pull the plug on the project immediately.
This is exactly what Elon Musk has been trying to warn the tech world since a few years now. Last month, the Tesla and SpaceX chief executive once again warned about the dangers of artificial intelligence, saying that it poses “vastly more risk” than the apparent nuclear capabilities of North Korea does.
Though a timeline about the working of the group hasn’t been revealed yet, but Viswanathan did reveal that Nasscom will be holding a stakeholders’ consultative meeting on what is required from a policy perspective by the end of the year.
This development was first reported in Times of India.
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