Report of the Artificial Intelligence Task Force
In 2017, The Ministry of Commerce and Industry set up an AI Task Force which highlighted various sectors of importance for the AI regime and the challenges in adopting AI in India. It examined ten sectors, referred to as “domains of relevance to India.” These sectors were: Manufacturing, FinTech, Agriculture, Healthcare, Technology for the Differently-abled, National Security, Environment, Public Utility Services, Retail and Customer Relationship, and Education.
Noting that ‘AI should be seen as a scalable problem solver in India rather than only as a booster of economic growth’, the Task Force recommends:
(a) the creation of an inter- ministerial National AI mission to coordinate AI-related activities in India;
(b) enabling the setting up of digital data banks, marketplaces and exchanges to ensure availability of cross-industry data and information;
(c) participating in the elaboration of operation standards for AI-based systems;
(d) putting in place enabling policies to encourage and facilitate the development and deployment of AI-based products (such as data policies regarding ownership, sharing rights and usage, as well as tax incentives to support innovation);
(e) elaborating an AI education strategy to develop human resources with necessary skills;
(f) supporting re-skilling of the current workforce;
(g) participating in the international policy discussion on the governance of AI technologies; and
(h) leveraging bilateral partnership on the development of AI solutions for social and economic problems and for sharing best practices in regulation.