NITI Aayog identifies five sectors that can adopt Artificial Intelligence

By Kimberly Cook |Email | Jun 5, 2018 | 10341 Views

NITI Aayog has identified five sectors that includes healthcare, agriculture, education, infrastructureNSE -1.53 % and transportation that can benefit from adoption of artificial intelligence. 

In its discussion paper on national strategy for artificial intelligence (AI) released on Monday, the Aayog has proposed a two-tier structure to address research in India. 

According to the Aayog, application of AI to healthcare could increase access and affordability of quality healthcare while it can enhance farmers income, increase productivity and reduce wastage when used in agriculture. 

"In areas of education AI can improve access and quality of education while improving connectivity and safer modes of transportation when put to infrastructure and transportation sectors," the Aayog said. 

Aiming to put AI to use for all and across sectors, the Aayog has identified barriers that needs to be addressed to achieve success in the use of AI. 

These include lack of expertise, absence of enabling data ecosystem, high resource cost and low awareness, privacy and security issues and absence of collaborative approach to adoption and application of AI. 

Recognising the importance of research and its commercial adoption in success of AI, the Aayog has proposed setting up of Centre of Research Excellence (CORE) to focus on developing better understanding of existing core research. 

Besides, it has proposed setting up of International Centres of Transformational AI with a mandate to develop and deploy application-based research in collaboration with private players. 

India initially plans to fund its AI programmes from the Rs 200 crore allocated under the Atal Innovation Mission. However, this is miniscule compared to $150 billion committed by China and government is likely to enhance this substantially with the help of private players once this strategy paper is finalised and an action plan on AI is put in place. 

Finance minister Arun Jaitley had entrusted the Aayog with a task to initiate a national program to direct governmentâ??s efforts in the area of artificial intelligence, including research and development of its applications in the Union Budget 2018 in February. 

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Source: HOB