The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi inaugurated the Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence on the Kalina campus of the university in Mumbai. The Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence is the first centre in the country to focus on research in artificial intelligence and is supported by the state government. The main aim of the centre is to integrate artificial intelligence in the field of social development.
“The rise of artificial intelligence will help improve productivity and lead to equitable development,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the University of Mumbai.
“With each wave of new technology, new opportunities arise. It opens an entirely new paradigm of opportunities. New opportunities have always outnumbered old ones,” said Modi. “This optimism spells from my firm faith in the ancient Indian thinking that blended science and spirituality and found harmony between the two for the greater good of mankind,” he said.
The prime minister emphasized on the use of artificial intelligence for the equitable development of the public.
“Scientists need to identify the grand challenges that artificial intelligence can solve. Can we use AI to empower the disabled? Can a combination of AI and teachers help bridge the teacher-student ratio?” Modi further asked.
The initial team of researchers includes at least 10 data scientists from across the globe.