According to Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, the government would develop computing capacity for commercial start-ups and researchers to use for artificial intelligence (AI) by early January next year.
The capability will be developed both by the public sector and in conjunction with private firms. "Our goal is to build an AI compute capacity enabling framework." We will also create what we believe will be the world's largest and most diverse set of datasets for our research and start-up ecosystem," Chandrasekhar stated at the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) meeting in Delhi.
According to him, Indian companies are working on AI, but access to strong computer capacity is limited, and the country would limit access to its datasets to trustworthy models.
"Restricting access to Indian data is one of the things we will end up doing through a policy framework and legal framework." Only reputable and safe models will be granted access to it. We've seen in the last four or five years how unlimited data access in democratic countries has been abused by certain countries...we're putting a stop to it," he said.
Within the next six to nine months, like-minded countries around the world should reach an agreement on the fundamental principles governing AI building blocks and ground rules.
"This process began in Hiroshima and continues through Bletchley Park, GPAI, and South Korea." This is not a series of abstract discussions...this must be a worldwide process with maximal participation. And this cannot wait – there must be a sense of urgency," said Chandrasekhar, who was on a panel with ministers from the United Kingdom and Japan.