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Raksha Mantri Inaugurates Workshop on AI in National Security and Defence

The Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated the ‘Stakeholders’ Workshop on Artificial Intelligence in National Security and Defence, Listing of Use Cases’, here today. It was attended by Chairman DRDO & Secretary Department of Defence R&D Dr S Christopher, Secretary (Defence Production) Dr Ajay Kumar, and other senior officials of the Ministry of Defence and Services.

Artificial Intelligence (AI), a branch of computer science dealing with the simulation of intelligent behavior in computers, has shown significant technical advancement in some of the developed countries.

AI has the potential to have a 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 the potential to provide military superiority. India has a strong IT industry and a huge talent pool of engineers which are advantages that need to be leveraged. To study the whole gamut of issues surrounding strategic implications of AI from a national security perspective, in a global context, a multi-stakeholder Task Force represented by members from the Government, Services, Academia, Industry Professionals, and Start-ups has been constituted with the approval of the Raksha Mantri for developing a future roadmap on AI with following goals –

The Terms of Reference for the AI Task Force, of the Ministry of Defence are as under-

The AI Task Force of the Ministry of Defence under the Chairmanship Shri C Chandrasekharan, Chairman of Tata Sons, has met twice on 10 February and 28 April 2018. In the last meeting, it was discussed that one of the key approaches for the use of AI is to work on building a profile that mimics normal behavior by learning from the data generated from a given use case. Then using machine learning/ deep learning techniques, one can draw correlations among various parameters in an automated way (from the huge data set) and can flag patterns and anomalous behavior for further analysis and insights. This essentially forms the basis for AI-based applications. Thus, it was decided that a Stakeholders’ Workshop on AI in National Security and Defence shall be organized for ‘Listing of Use Cases.

Source: Press Release
Release ID: 1532977
Date: May 21, 2018
PIB Delhi
Ministry of Defence

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