India Urges Global Consensus on AI Regulation to Keep Pace with Innovation
India is spearheading efforts to establish an international framework for regulating artificial intelligence (AI) and is calling for a shared understanding among nations regarding the acceptable and unacceptable uses of AI technology. Rajeev Chandrasekhar, the Indian Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, emphasized the need for democratic nations to reach a consensus on the dos and don’ts of AI in order to stay ahead in a rapidly evolving world of innovation.
Chandrasekhar’s advocacy for AI regulation comes as he attends the AI Safety Summit in the United Kingdom, hosted by British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. During this event, he met with his Dutch counterpart Alexandra Van Huffelen, where they discussed the significance of an institutional framework for regulating AI. Additionally, Chandrasekhar engaged in discussions with Ed Husic, Australia’s industry and science minister, to explore ways to enhance cooperation in emerging and critical technologies, the semiconductor ecosystem, and cybersecurity.
In a separate meeting with Viscount Camrose, the UK Minister of State for AI and Intellectual Property, Chandrasekhar and Camrose addressed the potential risks associated with AI causing harm to users. Both leaders expressed their commitment to working together to mitigate these dangers.
India has also taken a significant step by joining 28 other countries in endorsing The Bletchley Declaration on November 1. This agreement emphasizes the importance of aligning AI systems with human intentions and calls for further exploration of AI’s vast potential. Building on this initiative, Chandrasekhar has invited all nations to participate in the upcoming Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) and India AI summits scheduled for December 2023. These events align with India’s preparations for the Digital India Bill (DIB), which aims to establish safeguards against AI algorithms and empower citizens.
By pushing for global AI regulation, India seeks to ensure that AI is harnessed responsibly and does not outpace governance frameworks. Chandrasekhar’s efforts in fostering consensus among nations reflect a commitment to leveraging AI’s benefits while addressing the ethical and societal implications. As countries around the world come together to shape AI regulation, the ultimate goal is to strike a balance that promotes innovation while safeguarding human interests and values.