PM Narendra Modi inaugurates RAISE 2020 Virtual Summit, highlights India's efforts in becoming a global hub for Artificial Intelligence

RAISE 2020: Artificial Intelligence will play a significant role in empowering agriculture, education, healthcare as well as creating the next generation of urban infrastructure and addressing urban issues.

Pm Modi inaugurates RAISE 2020
Pm Modi inaugurates RAISE 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a mega virtual summit on Artificial Intelligence RAISE 2020- ‘Responsible AI for Social Empowerment 2020’ on October 5, 2020, at 7 PM.

According to an official release from PMO, the mega virtual summit will be organised by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and NITI Aayog on October 5-9, 2020.

The release also informed that PM Narendra Modi plans on leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) for inclusive development, representing India’s ‘AI for ALL’ strategy in the spirit for Sabka Saath Sabka Vikaas.

Over 15,000 stakeholders from across the reserach industry, academia and government representatives across the world have to participate in the mega summit of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

PM Modi's inaugural address during RAISE 2020:

• Prime Minister Modi while inaugurating the mega virtual summit on Artificial Intelligence appreciated the effort which has been done to encourage discussion on Artificial Intelligence. He added that people working in the area have rightly highlighted the aspects relating to Technology & Human Empowerment. The collaboration between Artificial Intelligence and humans can do wonders for planet Earth. 

•  In his address, the Prime Minister talked about the 'Responsible AI for Youth'  Program which was launched in April 2020. While informing about the program, he added that over 11,000 students from schools have completed their basic course under this, and now they are building projects related to Artificial Intelligence. 

• Talking about the positive productivity of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Prime Minister noted that we must protect the world from the weaponization of AI by Non-State Actors. He added that it is our collective responsibility to ensure trust in how this intelligence is used. Algorithm Transparency is key to establishing this trust and equally important is accountability. 

The National Educational Technology Forum:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his inaugural address at a mega summit of Artificial Intelligence (AI) RASIE- 2020 informed that The National Educational Technology Forum is being formed. The form will aim at creating an e-Education unit to boost the digital content, digital infrastructure, and capacity. 

Artificial Intelligence empowering various sectors:

Artificial Intelligence will play a significant role in empowering agriculture, education, healthcare as well as creating the next generation of urban infrastructure and addressing urban issues like improving sewage systems, reducing traffic jams. AI is expected to further help our making our disaster management systems stronger. 

Inauguration of the mega virtual summit 'RAISE 2020'

The Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad at the inaugural address of 'Responsible AI for Social Empowerment 2020'- RAISE  highlighted the enormous potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in generating employment and to bring further equity and delivery. 

While talking about the significance in his address, the minister added that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will only become meaningful when it brings in a palpable improvement in the quality of life of ordinary Indians. 

Therefore, if the Digital Indian was for Digital Inclusion, it is essential that AI further promotes that inclusive character of development in its future plans.

About ‘RAISE 2020’:

RAISE 2020 (Responsible AI for Social Empowerment 2020) will be a global meeting of minds to exchange ideas and charts a course for using AI for inclusion, social transformation, and empowerment in areas such as agriculture, healthcare, education, and smart mobility among other sectors.

Significance of RAISE 2020 for India

The mega virtual summit is part of the Indian government’s continuing support to the tech entrepreneurs and startups by providing recognition, exposure, and guidance.

As per the PMO release, India is well-positioned to become a global leader in the development of artificial intelligence as it is home to the world’s third-largest ecosystem, robust and ubiquitous digital infrastructure, elite science and technology institutions like IITs, and millions of newly-minted STEM graduates every year.

Industry analysts have also predicted that Artificial Intelligence (AI) could add up to $957 billion to India’s economy by 2035.

Sessions during mega virtual summit ‘RAISE 2020’:

Delegates and experts in policy, research, and innovation on artificial intelligence will join from across the globe in RAISE 2020.

RAISE 2020 session will have a keynote from Assistant Secretary-General, Deputy Executive Director, UN Women, Anita Bhatia. The summit will also have an all-women panel, curated by UN Women.

The virtual summit RAISE 2020 will discuss the cross-sector subjects like ‘Inclusive AI’, ‘Leveraging AI for Pandemic preparedness’, ‘The Impetus that Innovation Places on Digitisation’, ‘Partnerships for Successful Innovation’.

The mega summit will also feature some of the most exciting startups who have been working in Artificial Intelligence-related fields.

Startups that will be chosen through AI Solution Challenge will showcase their solutions in the AI Startup Pitchfest which is on October 6, 2020.

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