At a discourse series, experts said that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is creating new opportunities which could not be achieved by traditional technology. The experts also said that AI could be used for health care, as well as many other present and future challenges in various sectors.

During the online DST Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav Discourse Series New India @ 75 that was organized by the National Council for Science & Technology Communication and Vigyan Prasar, Prof Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary of Department of Science & Technology (DST) said that AI would not replace people but create new opportunities in various fields. Sharma further added that AI works on data, and if we could train our machines, it could do wonders for us in milliseconds by automating processes.

The secretary of DSR also said that AI can be used for diagnostic purposes for various diseases, including COVID-19, and could prove very effective in remote areas where adequate health facilities are not available and added that the key to success in using AI for various problems is to reach out to maximum people.

Sharma, while talking about DST, said that the emergence of disruptive and impactful technologies poses new challenges and simultaneously greater opportunities. He later added that DST is a nursery to help, nurture and grow young talents for the progress and development of the country.

Senior Advisor of NITI Aayog, Anna Roy said that India has several challenges, but at the same time, India also has the advantage of being a data-rich country that has a lot of IT professionals, educationalists, and a demographic dividend. Roy added that all this could prove a boon if India could use these for the progress and development of the country.

Roy, while talking about the role of NITI Aayog, said that NITI Aayog as the leading think tank for the government and country is creating policies for widening the science and technology ecosystem and to take industry and academia along for progress and development of the country in every sector.

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