02 August 2021 | News
Experts were speaking at the online DST Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav Discourse Series New India @ 75, organised National Council for Science & Technology Communication and Vigyan Prasar
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The online DST Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav Discourse Series New India @ 75, was recently organised by National Council for Science & Technology Communication and Vigyan Prasar. Experts highlighted that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is creating new opportunities which could not be achieved by traditional technology and could be used for healthcare as well as many other present and future challenges in various sectors, at a discourse series recently.
Prof Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science & Technology (DST) said, “AI would not replace people but create new opportunities in various fields. It works on data, and if we could train our machines, it could do wonders for us in milliseconds by automating processes. It can be used for diagnostic purposes for various diseases, including COVID-19, and could prove very effective in remote areas where adequate health facilities are not available. The key to success in using AI for various problems is to reach out to maximum people.
He spoke about how DST progressed over the last years, seeding foundational technologies, and have launched several schemes to tackle the challenges that are coming at faster speed with science, technology, and innovation-based solutions. “The emergence of disruptive and impactful technologies poses new challenges and simultaneously greater opportunities. DST is a nursery to help, nurture and grow young talents for the progress and development of the country,” he added.
Anna Roy, Senior Advisor, NITI Aayog, pointed out that AI can be used effectively for various challenges of the country. “India has a number of challenges, but at the same time, we also have the advantage of being a data-rich country that has a lot of IT professionals, educationalists, and a demographic dividend. All this could prove a boon for us if we could use these for the progress and development of the country,” Roy said.
She highlighted the role NITI Aayog is playing in identifying various problems of the country and suggesting the future roadmap for India. “NITI Aayog as the leading think tank for the government and country is creating policies for widening science and technology ecosystem and to take industry and academia along for progress and development of the country in every sector,” she emphasised.