Why India Needs a Strategic Artificial Intelligence Vision

Share this: A comprehensive vision will help the government optimise the allocation of its research capabilities towards the development of specific AI capabilities. India has traditionally been two steps behind other major powers when it comes to acknowledging the strategic importance of emerging technologies. Credit: Reuters China’s attention to artificial intelligence (AI) based technologies and machine learning in the US, according to a recent Reuters report, has the US quite concerned. China has been heavily investing in American AI start-ups, alarming the US government enough for it to seriously consider strengthening its existing strategic foreign investment regulatory mechanism – the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). The CFIUS was most recently by the Obama administration to block Chinese acquisitions of American chip manufacturing companies. China’s focus on AI research and development is a calculated move clearly manifested in the intensity of its domestic investments. Large budgets have been allocated to AI advancements within its borders, prioritising cutting-edge fields such as robotics, swarm technology and machine learning. These technologies have immense potential to revolutionise warfare and change future security environments. China’s investments in its universities, research laboratories and companies include huge budgets and state-of-the-art infrastructure, attracting highly skilled researchers…

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