GPAI Summit Unites 29 Nations to Work on Responsible AI

Indian Minister of State Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Leaders Focus on AI Safety, Trust
GPAI Summit Unites 29 Nations to Work on Responsible AI
Representatives from 29 countries at the GPAI summit (Image: Mint Online)

An international initiative for artificial intelligence governance emphasized the need for global inclusivity and the technology's potential for supporting sustainable agriculture as a new priority in a three-day summit in India that concluded Thursday.

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Representatives from 28 countries and the European Union that constitute the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence met in India and adopted the New Delhi AI Declaration emphasizing a commitment to "safe, secure, and trustworthy AI."

The partnership has met at least annually since its foundation in 2020. Hosted by intergovernmental organization the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and stemming from a French and Canadian proposal, the partnership was conceived as a counterweight to Chinese ambitions to dominate AI.

"We firmly believe in expanding GPAI's inclusivity to encourage the participation of more developing nations," said Hiroshi Yoshida, a vice minister in Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasized the need for a global approach to AI governance, pointing out concerns over the duration of testing before market release and the need for software watermarks to identify AI-generated content.

Rajeev Chandrasekhar, India union minister of state for electronics and IT, underscored the crucial role of the group in defining a road map of AI governance. India has made recent accomplishments in digital governance and the establishment of data protection frameworks in the form of Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, he said.

Chandrasekhar, stressing the need for collaboration AI technologies, outlined the partnership's areas of focus - including harnessing of the potential of AI for societal good by using it in healthcare, agriculture, sustainability and language translation.

"Presently, regulations are trailing behind the rapid pace of AI development. Given the pervasiveness of the internet and AI, it is imperative for like-minded countries worldwide to collaboratively establish a comprehensive global framework, precisely what GPAI aims to achieve in the forthcoming months," he said.

The declaration says members "embrace the use of AI innovation in supporting sustainable agriculture." The technology can increase productivity, as well as "help regenerate ecosystems, strengthen capacity for mitigation and adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters," it adds. The U.S. federal government envisions AI applications in areas such as crop and soil monitoring and deploying autonomous robots in harvests. Sensors capable of detecting changes at a microscopic level could lead to the early detection of pathogens or contaminants during production and in the agricultural supply chain.

During a panel discussion, Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma advocated for India to cultivate its own unique AI solutions. While AI is being embedded in global domains such as social networks and search engines, India needs to tailor AI services to meet its distinct data landscape and specific requirements, Sharma said.

The government is actively engaged in establishing an Indian dataset platform through a public-private partnership model. This initiative aims to curate the largest collection of anonymized data, fueling innovation and bolstering the capabilities of AI applications.

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