Commerce Ministry sets up task force on artificial intelligence

In news:

Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has constituted a Task Force chaired by V. Kamakoti of IIT Madras.

Objective:

To explore possibilities to leverage Artificial Intelligence (AI) for development across various fields.

Highlights:

  • The ‘task force on AI for India’s Economic Transformation’ will submit concrete and implementable recommendations for government, industry and research institutions.
  • In addition to regular members, it will have official participation from NITI Aayog, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Department of Science & Technology, UIDAI and DRDO.
  • The panel comprises experts, academics, researchers and industry leaders. The Minister said with rapid development in the fields of information technology and hardware, the world is about to witness a fourth industrial revolution. She said driven by the power of big data, high computing capacity, artificial intelligence and analytics, Industry 4.0 aims to digitise the manufacturing sector.

Background:

The move comes in the backdrop of the government reviewing the manufacturing and industrial policies.

Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman recently  had sought inputs from the academia on three topics — the Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) review, the proposed revamp of manufacturing and industrial policies, as well as on India’s proposal at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on services sector liberalisation.

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