Government working on applications of AI for military use: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

Sitharaman said AI can be used in a range of areas including guarding the country's borders and securing outer space.

Published: 22nd May 2018 01:46 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd May 2018 01:46 AM   |  A+A-

Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman (File| PTI)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said the government was serious about introducing applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for defence forces and called for building adequate infrastructure for its use.

Sitharaman said AI can be used in a range of areas including guarding the country's borders and securing outer space.

She was speaking at a workshop of stakeholders involved in putting in place a framework for use of artificial intelligence by the defence forces.

Sitharaman said applications of AI can be effective for aerial, land-based and naval platforms besides using it to monitor any sort of chemical and nuclear warfare.

In February, the government had set up a high-powered task force headed by Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran to recommend a framework for applications of AI in defence forces.

"The task force should be able to tell us what is it that will encourage the use of the AI in defence forces. The challenges identified is the lack of infrastructure to enable the use of AI. I would place cyber, nuclear and space high on this agenda," she said.

The task force is examining the peaceful and commercial use of AI and will visualise developing transformative weaponry of future.

It is also examining ways to use AI to check activities of non-state actors as well as to develop an intelligent robotic system for military use.

Officials said the task force is studying use of AI by other leading countries including the US, China, Japan, Germany, Russia and will recommend specific measures for its applications for the armed forces.

They said it will also make broad recommendations to make India a significant power of AI in defence, specifically in the area of aviation, naval, land systems, cyber, nuclear, and biological warfare.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp