Last year, Russian president Vladimir Putin said -- Whoever leads in AI will rule the world!. Going by this philosophy of future, Russia's good old friend India had constituted a task force, in February this year, to study the strategic implications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in national security perspective and in global context.

Today, after five odd months the Task Force led by Tata Sons Chairman N. Chandrasekaran has handed over the final report to the Defence Minister of India Nirmala Sitharaman to accept it and to implement its recommendations on using AI for military superiority.

The task force constituted a multi-stakeholder group comprising members from government, services, academia, industry and startups.

The Ministry of Defence said in a statement, "AI has the potential to have transformative impact on national security. It is also seen that AI is essentially a dual use technology. While it can fuel technology driven economic growth, it also has potential to provide military superiority."

The government wants to leverage the country's strong IT industry and huge talent pool of engineers. The ministry has initiated the process of preparing Indian defence forces in their use of AI and how these capabilities can be increasingly developed within the country.

Just yesterday, the defence ministry has also issued new guidlines for Indian startups to take part in military projects in an attempt to encourage homegrown startups undertake research projects to develop or upgrade weapon systems and in turn reduce imports in this field.

Going forward with the report, it studied the level of AI or machine learning (ML) development in India mainly in context of defence needs. It also suggested making India a significant power of AI in defence specifically in the area of aviation, naval, land systems, cyber, nuclear and biological warfare.

Additionally, it also made recommendations for policy and institutional interventions that are required to regulate and encourage a robust AI based technologies for defence sector in the country.

Considering that most AI work is happening in private sector, it made recommendations to work with start-ups and commercial industry in the field of use of AI for defence purposes, the release said.

As part of its deliberations, the Task Force had an intensive deliberations with all stakeholder representatives including officers from Army, Navy, Airforce, Coast Guard, representatives of all Defence PSUs, namely BEL, HAL, BEML, BDL, MIDHANI, MDL, GRSE, GSL and HSL and OFB.

To recall, recently a retired Vice Admiral of Pakistan, Arifullah Hussaini had said that India is wasting money on it’s defence budget as the future of war is AI. And now that the final report to implement AI in Indian military has been submitted to Indian defence ministry, its high time for India to lead the example of AI supremacy not just in Indian sub-continent but Asia as well, and then go for global competition.

Moreover, it is also to be noted that India has also joined hands with Japan to launch robotics and artificial intelligence in the defence segment.

Via - Business Standard

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