US experts in the fields of artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and data protection have praised India’s advancements in technology, particularly in the state of Telangana. Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana, has emerged as India’s second-largest technological center, surpassing Bengaluru. These experts believe that India will soon join China as a major contender in the international AI race.
Ann LaFrance, an expert in cross-border data protection and cyber security, highlights the significant contributions made by Indians in the development of technology in the US. She notes that a majority of tech companies in the US are run by Indians. LaFrance expresses her enthusiasm over the growth of Hyderabad as a technological hub, with major global corporations like Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft establishing a presence in the city.
The US Department of State’s Foreign Press Centre and Meridian International Centre organized media interaction sessions as part of the international reporting tour on “Innovations in Tech Policy and Navigating Artificial Intelligence.” LaFrance, during one of these sessions, commended India for having two tech hubs, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.
Hyderabad’s expanding infrastructure and talented workforce are expected to attract more investments in AI, robotics, and machine learning. Driven by its solid IT foundation, India has the potential to strengthen its position in the robotics industry, says Professor Matthias Scheutz of Tufts University. Scheutz suggests that India should focus on utilizing robotics technology in sectors such as manufacturing, metals, textiles, aerospace, and automotive industries to maximize its advantages.
In terms of policy and regulatory frameworks, LaFrance mentions the recent data privacy law implemented by the Indian government. She adds that various countries are currently working on or have already implemented similar acts. LaFrance cites examples such as the EU General Data Protection Regulation, the proposed EU AI Act and AI Liability Act, the Biden Administration Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights, the NIST AI Risk Management Framework, and comprehensive privacy laws in California and Colorado.
India’s advancements in AI and robotics have garnered praise from experts, but there is an acknowledgment that a strong policy and regulatory framework is essential to make a significant impact globally. With its technological potential and a focused approach, India has the opportunity to become a major player in the field of robotics.
1. Artificial intelligence (AI): The ability of machines to imitate and replicate human intelligence, allowing them to perform tasks that typically require human cognitive abilities.
2. Robotics: The branch of technology that deals with the design, construction, operation, and use of robots.
3. Data protection: Measures and regulations aimed at ensuring the privacy and security of individuals’ personal data.
4. Tech hub: A location or region known for its concentration of technology companies and innovation.
– Ann LaFrance, Vice President of the International Institute of Communications and expert in cross-border data protection, e-privacy, and cyber security.
– Dr. Matthias Scheutz, Professor of Computer and Cognitive Science at Tufts University.