Arvind Krishna, chairman and CEO of IBM, stated that in order to keep up with the worldwide trend of rising investments in computing infrastructure due to rapid technological breakthroughs, India must create sovereign capabilities in artificial intelligence and consider establishing a national AI computing center.
“We had a very good discussion with Rajeev Chandrasekhar. I am a firm believer that every country ought to have some sovereign capability on artificial intelligence, including large language models, and generative AI,” Krishna said in an interview.
He explained the significance of this by saying that India might want to utilize it for purposes the rest of the world does not want to invest in, or for purposes one might not want to expose to the rest of the world. This implies that India requires both computer and data infrastructure, and the country needs a strategy to make use of that that is specific to India for both the government and commercial businesses, he added.
He claimed that India has the resources needed to accomplish this with an investment of hundreds of millions of dollars. The people who claim that you need $10 billion, in his opinion, are “hallucinating”.
Along with other prominent businessmen from around the world present at the B20 summit, including Brad Smith from Microsoft, Shantanu Narayen from Adobe, and Raj Subramaniam from FedEx, Krishna said the summit was a proud moment for India since it demonstrated its capacity to compete on the world stage in terms of growing AI technologies.