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IT ministry has formed four committees for Artificial Intelligence: Ravi Shankar Prasad

The four committees will be for Citizen Centric Services; Data platforms; Skilling, reskilling and R&D; Legal regulatory and cybersecurity.

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Last Updated: Feb 09, 2018, 08.23 PM IST
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Prasad said that the ministry will conduct high level research in these areas.
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NEW DELHI: The ministry of electronics and IT has formed four committees to prepare a roadmap for artificial intelligence for the country, said Ravi Shankar Prasad, union minister of electronics and IT on Friday. The committees will be headed by IIT director and industry experts from bodies such as Nasscom he added.

The four committees will be for Citizen Centric Services; Data platforms; Skilling, reskilling and R&D; Legal regulatory and cybersecurity.

Prasad said that the ministry will conduct high level research in these areas. “We must learn new dimensions of AI,” he said. Prasad added that the ministry of electronics and IT will assist the government machinery to implement technologies such as these and 3D printing etc. The ministry is also looking at the Blockchain technology and working on developing standards and regulations around it.

In January, Prasad had presided over a day long workshop on Artificial Intelligence (AI) which waswas attended by representatives from firms such as Microsoft, Google, IBM, Accenture and NVIDIA and academia such as Carnegie Mellon University, IIT Karagpur, Madras, Hyderabad, Patna etc.

Prasad said that the ministry will "coordinate" with government think-tank Niti Aayog on this. While presenting the union Budget 2018, finance minister Arun Jaitley had said that technologies such as machine learning, artificial intelligence and others are the technologies of the future and NITI Aayog will establish a national programme to conduct research and development in these areas.

The finance minister also said the government would also invest in robotics, big data, quantum communication and other areas. He added that the Department of Science would start a mission on cyber security and set up a centre of excellence.

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