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India To Create UPI-like Public Platform For AI: IT Minister Ashwini

At the Global India AI Summit 2024, Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw announced plans for a UPI-like AI platform. The government aims to ensure accessible technology and combat AI-driven misinformation.

By Rashaad Ather
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IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw

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On Wednesday, Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw hinted at the development of a UPI-like platform for Artificial Intelligence at the Global India AI Summit 2024.

Vaishnaw stressed the need for technology accessibility without monopolies. The government plans to invest in a platform for computing power, and high-quality data sets for startups, academics, etc.

India aims to launch a mission to harness the potential of AI in various sectors and address the misinformation amplified by Artificial Intelligence during the recent Lok Sabha Elections 2024.

"Technology should be accessible to everybody. No single payment provider or service provider has a monopoly over the service. The government invests in the platform and everybody becomes a part of it. The same approach will be that the government will be investing in creating a platform where computing power is available, high-quality data sets are available, and a common protocol and a common framework will be available," Vaishnaw said.

Vaishnaw said India will soon launch a mission to harness AI's potential in agriculture, education, healthcare, medicine, and pharmaceuticals.

He also added that during the recently concluded Lok Sabha Elections 2024 misinformation got multiplied with the help of AI.

AI Threat:

"In the recent general elections, we have seen how disinformation, misinformation, and fake news can be a big threat. That threat gets multiplied manifold by the power of AI," he said.

"This is not something which only we are experiencing, the entire world has experienced the same. Every society and government is feeling the same threat from the emergence of new risks based on AI. The societies are responding in very methodical and thought-through ways... As we look at the potential of AI, we also need to collectively figure out a way, and what limits we need to pose on the technology, how this can be properly integrated with our social and democratic institutions," he added.