Government Announces National AI Portal in Budget 2019-20

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The national AI portal is probably a good initiative when it comes to the technology segment

The government of India has recently announced a national AI portal that will be established soon as part of the National Programme on ‘Artificial Intelligence’.It aims to bring the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) and other emerging technologies to the common people.

Union Finance Minister, Piyush Goyal, while presenting the Interim Budget 2019 said that India has become the second largest start-up hub of the world. They are proud of the hard work and innovative ideas of their youth in this sector,a national programme on AI has been envisaged by the government.He added that to fulfil the ambitious initiative, the Government has identified nine areas of priority.The compliance procedures and regulatory hurdles concerning the start-ups in the country are also taken into consideration.

Major step

The setting up of AI portal is probably a good initiative when it comes to the technology segment.It is a major step as India is far behind the US and China, in the AI race.In the past couple of years, there has been major advancements in the technology segment, with major tech players incorporating AI and machine learning (ML) into several products and services.

The US and China has big names like Google and Baidu, respectively, whereas India has only start-ups that are developing the AI. The absence of a big players in this field means that the government has to provide most of the support to develop this sector.The country lags when it comes to data as well as availability of skilled personnel who can handle the data. By focusing on the technology segment, the interim budget may also allocate funds dedicated for the development of AI in the country.

 

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