Have to get in front of AI to avoid catastrophic consequences: envoy
US Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti made a strong pitch Monday for “deeper conversations” between India and the US to shape a regulatory framework on artificial intelligence (AI), saying it could be an example of “multiplicative relationship” between the two democracies.
Speaking at a session organised by Observer Research Foundation, he emphasised the need to “get in front” of AI to avoid facing catastrophic consequences. “If we don’t get in front of AI,” he said, “the consequences, even if it is a small percentage of likelihood, of something catastrophic happening with our official intelligence could be sooner than we believe.”
At the India -US 2+2 dialogue last week, Garcetti said the two sides took important steps towards strengthening the major defence partnership and increasing the acceleration through initiatives such as the US-India roadmap in industrial cooperation and defence.
Monday, while pitching for India-US collaboration and cooperation in emerging domains, he said: “…we sometimes just focus on weapons and what is being sold, or co-developed, but the operational level of our militaries…is as critical as any equipment.”
Garcetti also said countries should “discuss ways to deepen our science and our technology partnerships to harness technology for the global good instead of technology that divides us.”
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