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India not in race to develop AI systems, but use them to improve people's lives: Nandan Nilekani



Nandan Nilekani, the man behind India's Aadhaar system and chairman of Infosys, has said India's focus isn't on joining the race to develop Large Language Models (LLMs) but harnessing the artificial intelligence for the benefit of every citizen of the country.


At an event hosted by People+AI in Bengaluru on Tuesday, Nilekani envisioned India as the global hub for AI use-cases, emphasising its potential to unlock unprecedented opportunities.


Speaking on the theme "Making an Adbhut India," Nilekani discussed the transformative power of population-scale AI and highlighted the importance of leveraging AI to address societal challenges and make people's lives easier, according to Money Control.


Speaking on the topic 'What can population-scale AI unlock for India,' Nilekani said, "Indian path in AI is different. We are not in the arms race to build the next LLM, let people with capital, let people who want to pedal ships do all that stuff... We are here to make a difference and our aim is to give this technology in the hands of people."


He said that India shouldn't wait for futuristic models worth billions, but should instead use current technology to tackle the challenges faced by its vast population.


"Experimentation at scale by startups, by government, and private sector will help us go up in terms of adoption and application," he said.


Pramod Verma, the Chief Technology Officer of EkStep Foundation supported by Nandan Nilekani, said that OCC was designed to unite various micro data centres and computing environments under a shared network with common functions and accessibility.


People+ai,  a non-profit housed within the EkStep Foundation, unveiled its ambitious Open Cloud Compute project at the event.


OCC is meant to democratise access to AI infrastructure by establishing an open network for compute resources. The initiative, according to the foundation, is aimed at addressing the escalating demand for AI infrastructure.


At the event, DRiefcase app, a part of the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM), presented results from a pilot survey.


The survey demonstrated the utilisation of the Jan Ki Baat AI framework to gather feedback from patients at a government hospital in Kanpur.

The survey aims to minimise patient waiting times at hospitals.


Another announcement at the event was the introduction of "JOHNAIC," a personal AI server developed by Von Neumann AI.


The "cloud in a box" solution promises to reduce AI expenses by 85 per cent and offers pre-installed SaaS and AI tools, catering to the needs of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and startups.


Nandan Nilekani. Image Source: World Economic Forum from Cologny, Switzerland - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2007.

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