The Department of Defence Production on Friday constituted a task force headed by Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran to study use of artificial intelligence, which it said has potential to provide military superiority apart from driving technology-driven economic growth.
On Thursday, in his speech for Union Budget 2018-19, finance minister Arun Jaitlety said that the Centre’s think-tank Niti Aayog will initiate a national programme to direct the government’s efforts in the areas of artificial intelligence, including research and development of its applications.
According to an official release from Department of Defense production, ‘Experts believe that future progress of artificial intelligence (AI) has potential to have transformative impact on national security. It is also seen that AI is essentially a dual use technology. While it can fuel technology driven economic growth, it also has potential to provide military superiority. India has a strong talent pool of engineers which are advantages which need to be leveraged. To study the whole gamut of issues surrounding strategic implications of AI in national security perspective, in global context, it has been decided to constitute a multi-stakeholder task force’.