Cloud infrastructure and rapid deployment of intelligent cloud services will play a key role in driving AI adoption and benefits in the country, says Microsoft.
Envisioning the potential of AI for India, Microsoft has detailed the country’s readiness for AI in a whitepaper, which was unveiled at the NASSCOM Technology and Leadership Forum (NTLF) 2019.
Focusing on making India a digital economy, with modern mobile infrastructure, skilling up the workforce, and reduced data costs and cross-industry collaboration will make for an environment conducive to extend information connectivity and digital services to the underserved segments of the population, Microsoft said in its whitepaper titled ‘Age of Intelligence.’
The whitepaper also outlines challenges and opportunities with respect to AI and how balanced and forward-looking government policies, technological advancements including growing internet penetration and connectivity will help reap benefits of digital transformation in years to come.
Active participation needed to realize India’s global aspirations in AI
In addition, Microsoft calls for the technology industry to actively partner and engage to help realize India’s global aspirations in AI, given that many of the initiatives outlined therein need technology as the backbone to achieve scale, efficiency and sustainability.
It said that cloud infrastructure and rapid deployment of intelligent cloud services will play a key role in driving AI adoption and benefits in the country.
Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India commented, “Our ambition is to enable a human-centered approach to AI. India is currently at an inflection point in the adoption of AI. Building on the four foundational pillars – enabling digital transformation across industries, forging coalitions for innovation, building a future-ready workforce and creating sustained societal impact will unlock and accelerate the potential of AI. All of this should be done within an over-arching ethical framework for AI development and usage.”