IIT Madras recently conducted a colloquium (Artificial Intelligence – A Priority for India) where many leading researchers, academics, policymakers and industry leaders came together and learned about the state of research and innovation in AI and Machine Learning.
Robert Bosch Centre for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (RBC DSAI), IIT Madras, a premier multi-disciplinary AI Centre in India, along with itihaasa research and digital (a non-profit organization which studies the evolution of technology domains in India) anchored the colloquium.
“There is a lot of excitement surrounding AI and it is our job in the university to figure out the way forward in such a way that its benefits and potential for misuse are clear. We should move forward on AI in a sensible fashion. It is not just important to do research in AI and discover better AI/ML (Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning) algorithms but also to leverage AI to meet India’s challenges and development goals.” said Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras.
“Artificial Intelligence is an important technology driving global economic growth in the 4th industrial revolution, in which India should develop national capability and global leadership. This is essential to meet our aspirations of becoming a USD 5 trillion economy in the next five years.” said S Kris Gopalakrishnan, chairman of itihaasa Research and Digital and Axilor Ventures.
As per the report, an MoU (memorandum of understanding) was also signed between itihaasa research and digital and IIT Madras on research and innovation collaboration around AI and ethics, fairness, and explainability. The fundamental goal of this collaboration is to bring together industry leaders, global academic researchers and policymakers, to understand the relevance and implications of ethical considerations in Indian AI implementations.