Artificial Intelligence (AI) is defined as the science and engineering of making machines intelligent with computer programmes. AI based apps like cab aggregators, digital assistants, etc have made a big impact on our lives. We base many of our decisions on these apps. This has created a lot of jobs, innovation and has attracted a lot of investment in sectors that did not exist earlier. This however, is just the private sector! Imagine the impact that AI can have if the Govt decides to use AI in each and every sector and ministry.

A major problem that people in remote rural areas face is that; they don’t get the subsidies and benefits, due to pilferage and leakages in the system. Real time monitoring with AI of goods sent will reduce leakages in the system and allow the villagers to get their benefits. Alibaba is using this system in China to prevent spurious brands of inferior quality from being sold and delivered on its system. The Govt is using financial technology and AI by promoting apps like UPI and BHIM, but still there is a long way to go. National initiatives like Skill India, Make in India, Digital India, etc can also benefit vastly from this new AI infrastructure that will come up.

Prime Minister’s pet schemes like the crop insurance schemes, computing a soil report card, assisting farmers in deciding crops, etc can benefit greatly from AI. Western countries have used AI in every walk of life. Asian countries are not at par with Western countries in terms of AI implementation, but we are not too far behind as it can still be done easily with a little investment. The Govt is taking positive steps by setting a basic infrastructure to implement this AI setup. Creating this huge AI infrastructure will need a lot of planning but its implementation and integration into our daily lives will result in a lot of convenience. Such a big infrastructure will also result in employment of crores of qualified professionals.

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