There is a new arms race taking shape, centered around three interconnected technologies: autonomous weapons, swarms, and cyberwarfare.
Given the pace of progress in AI development, the expanding scope for its application, and the growing intensity of the current research effort suggests that it may not be too soon to revisit and revise the Asimov commands on computing.
India needs to think about what matters to it both economically and politically. It must be able to turn adversity into opportunity.
The 2017 budget offers a concerted effort to strengthen the structural underpinnings of the digital economy, in order to incentivize a bigger uptake of digital payments.
A more inclusive innovation culture is critical for India’s future, considering the massive shifts in industry models and potential job losses along the way.
In sectors such as mobility, health care, energy, and agriculture, disruptive solutions are important, but even more important is the consumer need for multiple solutions and fair competition, and respect for privacy and security concerns.
India’s elevation as chair of a group designed to kick-start talks on lethal autonomous weapon systems gives it the unique opportunity to take a leadership role in global debates on the issue.
India must facilitate investments in artificial intelligence and be prepared to address the negative fallouts of the technological revolution.
Top innovators, regulators, and decisionmakers will come together to foster technological innovation and recommend policy measures to the benefit of all.
Modi’s technology-based solution in going after “black money” has a long historical precedent. Only through strong public-private partnerships in cities like Bengaluru will he succeed.