Topic: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
5) To be a $5-trillion economy by 2025, India needs to build a cohesive national strategy around artificial intelligence (AI), do you agree? Justify your opinion with suitable illustrations.(250 words)
Why this question:
The article explains that while it is clear that India is heading in a direction where both the private and public sectors are unified in their commitment to promote and upscale AI, most of the commitments have been made on paper, in budget speeches, proposals and heavily researched reports.
Key demand of the question:
One has to explain in what way to be a $5-trillion economy by 2025, India needs to build a cohesive national strategy around artificial intelligence (AI).
Justify – When you are asked to justify, you have to pass a sound judgement about the truth of the given statement in the question or the topic based on evidences. You have to appraise the worth of the statement in question using suitable case studies or/ and examples.
Structure of the answer:
Explain that while the government has been vocal about its intention to mainstream AI applications for social good, and ensure that AI research in India keeps pace with global developments, there is little evidence to show that even the basic building blocks to achieve this have been put in place.
Discuss first in detail that multiple calls taken by various governmental agencies have led to seemingly independent and often confusing strategies, resulting in conflict and a very real danger of ineffective execution.
Bring out and highlight various stands taken by different institutions around this idea.
Explain what can be done.
Conclude that India’s AI strategy narrative needs to change from being a reactionary step to “counter the charge” of countries like China, to a proactive one where policies and infrastructure made in the country serve as “a beacon of inspiration” to other countries that are further behind.