Intel relies heavily on artificial intelligence (AI) to transform life in society, and has set itself the goal of working with 30,000 institutions in 30 countries to enable 30 million people for current and future jobs by 2030. .
When interacting with Business line, Shweta Khurana, Senior Director, Asia-Pacific and Japan, Government Partnerships and Initiatives, Global Government Affairs, Intel, shares her insights on the skills of the country’s youth in AI, India’s digital journey and some of the company’s other initiatives. Excerpts:
How important is the Indian digital market in Intel’s overall global strategy?
Intel has invested nearly $ 7 billion in India so far, and we continue to expand our R&D and innovation presence in the country. Intel India remains the largest design center for Intel outside the United States. India is a special market for Intel. We have been working here for more than two decades and today we have thousands of employees with modern design facilities in Bengaluru and Hyderabad. We deal with cutting-edge engineering such as SoC design, next-generation communications, graphics, software and platform for cloud / data centers, customers and IoT markets, including areas of advanced technology such as AI, 5G and standalone systems. We continue to see an exceptional demand for our leadership products, as technology rightly emerges as a key factor in sustaining life and business. We are also renewing our culture to attract, retain and motivate the best and brightest technologists in the industry and continue to incorporate engineering talent into the country.
You have often talked about how the pandemic has accelerated the adoption of AI in India and how politicians in other countries are asking you about the Indian model / approach to finding solutions that have huge social impact, as illustrated by success stories like eKYC, Digilocker , Aadhaar et al. Can you clarify?
In various industries and sectors, artificial intelligence (AI) has become a strategic imperative for global economic growth. However, as governments around the world work to establish comprehensive national AI strategies for a sustainable, inclusive and positive impact on their citizens, industries and societies as a whole, the AI skills crisis continues to be recognized as the biggest global obstacle. for wider acceptance and growth. As a developing nation, India is currently undergoing a transformation to become an AI-led digital economy. In addition, analysts predict that AI’s capabilities could help add more than $ 500 billion and 20 million jobs to India’s economy. To help achieve these ambitious but necessary goals, embracing AI innovation – in an inclusive way – is crucial to addressing the country’s societal challenges in the areas of health, smart mobility and the future of work. Coordinated efforts by academic institutions and the technology industry are needed to address the gap between AI demand and supply. It is also crucial to enable and empower young people in India with the skills and thinking needed for AI readiness so that they in turn can develop local AI solutions that make healthcare accessible or advance in AI research in road safety. As we build an AI-ready workforce and generation, it is equally important to democratize access to AI tools. India’s own AI strategy, called #AIForAll, identifies AI as an opportunity and solution for both economic growth and inclusive social development. With its unique strengths, talent, data availability and perceptual potential for AI, India has a huge opportunity to lead human-oriented applications and contribute to the global democratization of AI forever through inclusion and access. But this task cannot be accomplished alone. Intel is committed to being a key contributor to this journey with our expanding range of technology solutions.
You will soon be celebrating the completion of one year of the AI for All campaign, which you developed together with the Central Council for Secondary Education (CBSE). Given the importance of the initiative for Intel’s overall vision, as encapsulated in a statement by Pat Gelsinger (the company’s CEO) on the “four superpowers” and where the country is in terms of the Digital India mission and the reference effort ” first digital / digital awareness “, how has the journey been so far?
India is one of the fastest growing digital economies due to declining costs and growing availability of digital infrastructure and high-speed connectivity. The Government of India has launched the Digital India Mission with a focus on digital infrastructure as a core service to citizens, governance and on-demand services and digital empowerment of citizens. Since then, the Digital India initiative has grown radically, with many digital interventions in India now considered a great plan for the world. There have been so many game-changing initiatives, and the basis for all of them is the four superpowers that help us work safely, increase productivity, and increase automation. Cloud workloads are diversifying, networks are being transformed to deliver 5G, AI is expanding, and computing performance is moving to the edge. The transformation is obvious and measurable, mainly due to the acceleration of digital transformation and government-led digital initiatives in the first place. The true transformational value of these superpowers as AI for the economy depends to a large extent on public knowledge and trust. AI for ALL was launched in collaboration with CBSE, the Ministry of Education, the Government of India and the Digital India initiative to help demystify AI and enable Indian citizens to build a basic understanding of this superpower in their native language. Although we had an initial goal of affecting 1 million citizens in one year, I am happy to say that more than 1.5 million citizens have completed this program in less than nine months.
The AI Global Impact Festival seems to have become an important event in the company’s annual calendar. And this year there were some Indian names …
Yes. The Intel® AI Global Impact Festival is an annual digital readiness celebration to showcase AI’s innovation and impact to next-generation technologists and future developers with government, academia and communities. The festival is an opportunity to learn, demonstrate and celebrate the impact of artificial intelligence innovations created by the future workforce around the world. It is also a platform for sharing best practices in building AI skills from various government organizations and the larger ecosystem. Last year, the festival welcomed more than 113,000 people from 135 countries, with 235 young innovators from 20 countries presenting their AI social impact solutions for the global competition. This year the AI Global Impact festival will start live on September 1. Speaking about the Indian connection, this year Niharika Harida and her team from India won the grand prize in the AI Impact Creators category (in the age group 13-18) for their work on the “System for predicting outbreaks of microbes and pests for precision agriculture”. Kishan Know, as the project is known, is tackling the problem of pest infestation, a universal problem that causes losses of $ 500 billion a year. Rishikesh Amit Nayak, Niharika Haridas and Gideon Jacob came up with the idea of obtaining satellite images of different parts of the field and running them through a linear regression model to predict the possibility of a bacterial or harmful attack. The installed field device additionally calculates the absolute temperature of the leaves to confirm the attack. After confirmation, farmers are notified and proposed course of action via SMS. Great innovation, you will agree.
June 18, 2022