According to IT minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Wednesday, the government is not considering passing regulations to control the growth of artificial intelligence in India. Vaishnaw stated in a written response to the Lok Sabha that while AI has shown to be a catalyst for the digital and innovation environment, there were hazards and ethical issues involved with it.
According to Vaishnaw, who addressed the lower house, “AI has ethical concerns and risks due to issues like bias and discrimination in decision-making, privacy violations, lack of transparency in AI systems, and questions about responsibility for harm caused by it.”
The minister referred to the National Strategy for AI report, which was published in June 2018, and added that a number of federal and state government organizations have begun work on standardizing ethical AI development.
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NITI Aayog has also written a number of papers on the topic of Responsible AI for All. However, he added, “the government is not looking into passing legislation or restricting the spread of artificial intelligence in the nation.
In an open letter earlier this week, experts recommended that India create its own development strategy for artificial intelligence. The letter was signed by a number of people, including Rajiv Kumar, chairman of the Pahle India Foundation, Sharad Sharma, co-founder of the iSPIRT Foundation, and Sridhar Vembu, CEO of Zoho Corporation.
In order to develop a national consensus on how to best use the technology for achieving the country’s goals and satisfying the aspirations of the young population, it was urged that all stakeholders, including IT researchers, policymakers, academicians, industry leaders, and members of the civil society, participate in the “vital debate” on how to harness the power of AI positively.