As India gears up to become the next AI superpower, India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has reiterated how artificial intelligence and emerging technologies like robotics can help prepare India for future challenges. Speaking to senior officials, Singh emphasised the need to harness emerging technologies to bolster Indian defence forces capabilities across the board.
As reported, the interactive session attended by 150 defence officials which lasted for about an hour and a half touched upon the need for AI and cyber systems in all wings to up the ante on modern warfare.
The interaction that focused majorly on technology also saw a discussion on Singh’s recent sortie on the Tejas – the light combat aircraft of IAF designed in India. “You’re the heart and soul, not hands and legs of the ministry. With combined efforts we will achieve the goals set,” he said.
Of late, Indian policymakers have taken a decisive stand on using AI. In early 2018, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) constituted a task force for implementation of AI. The multi-stakeholder task force worked towards laying down an institutional framework on capacity building and guidelines for defence machinery. In February 2019, the Ministry of Defence set up a Defence AI Council (DAIC) to provide strategic directions on how to bolster AI capabilities in defence and provide recommendations on building public private partnerships with industry and startups.
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Richa Bhatia is a seasoned journalist with six-years experience in reportage and news coverage and has had stints at Times of India and The Indian Express. She is an avid reader, mum to a feisty two-year-old and loves writing about the next-gen technology that is shaping our world.