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21 April 2023
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PM can take the G20 platform to raise concerns about AI and disruptive technologies..India has more t stake than others
The year 2023 will be known for many things as we go forward but one thing that has caught the eyes of observers and policy makers is the fast rise of Artificial Intelligence. From a subject of academic interest , in just few years is nowpractically
everywhere being used. The CHATGPTAI AI which was launched by Mircrosoft was like having a cat among the pigeon, that started a flurry of announcements by other competitors from corporates like Google to countries like China and others.
The first casuality of AI was the large IT sector and also the base of New India which has seen tremendous rise in its middle class family status and livelihood. Layoffs previously unheard of are the norm of the day. Stories coming out of Google’s HR surrpsied, shocked many revealing the coprorate nature of American capitalism.
The dark side of AI
As ChatGPT’s active users grew to 100 million in just two months fascinated by what it can do, it has already started to reveal its dark side. It has become the cause of security breaches and risked violation of privacy, compliance and governance regulations; not through attacks, but users are voluntarily (and unlawfully) uploading sensitive information to the system in order to generate insights.
One report found that over 4% of employees have already tried to put sensitive company data into the model. The recent release of GPT4, which uses Large Language Models (LLM), can accept much larger chunks of text and is likely to make this problem much worse (and quickly). The possibilities of misuse of ChatGPT platform and others is huge that no one can control in real terms.
The bIgger problem
Human beings are not ready for a powerful AI under present conditions or even in the “foreseeable future,” stated a foremost expert in the field, adding that the recent open letter calling for a six-month moratorium on developing advanced artificial intelligence is “understating the seriousness of the situation.”
“The key issue is not ‘human-competitive’ intelligence (as the open letter puts it); it’s what happens after AI gets to smarter-than-human intelligence,” said Eliezer Yudkowsky, a decision theorist and leading AI researcher in a March 29 Time magazine op-ed. “Many researchers steeped in these issues, including myself, expect that the most likely result of building a superhumanly smart AI, under anything remotely like the current circumstances, is that literally everyone on Earth will die.
Is the World ready
China’s government has announced that’ it will require a security review of generative Artificial Intelligence (AI ) services before they’re allowed to operate, meaning that there is now uncertainty over ChatGPT comparable bots from the country’s largest tech companies.
After the recent popularity and explosive growth of ChatGPT, several business leaders and researchers, now totaling 1,843 including Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak, signed a letter calling on “all AI labs to immediately pause for at least six months the training of AI systems more powerful than GPT-4.” GPT-4, released in March, is the latest version of OpenAI’s chatbot, ChatGPT.
NATO jumps in
The latest to call against aI and other disruptive is Nato. NATO wants to strike a deal with China over rules outlining the responsible use of artificial intelligence and other disruptive technologies in the military domain, the alliance’s chief Jens Stoltenberg said two days back. 
Officials from more than 60 governments including the US, China and South Korea
met in February in The Hague to discuss the ethical and legal consequences of using
AI in the military. Two days of wide-ranging discussions resulted in dozens of
governments signing a “call to action” which acknowledged the responsibility
humans have when deploying AI in the military.
PM Modi and G20
The rise of AI poses serious threat to India. While as a setback to the IT sector, which
is the backbone of Indian middle class and economy ( TCS provides more than 50 %
profit to the Tata group) in terms of IT companies like INfosys, TCS, WIPRO, LTI,
HCL etc…whose all shares have taken a dip of more than 10 – 15 is a grim reality
that cannot be ignored. The fall of IT scetor hits other sectors espcially the Reality
and consumer boom that we have been seeing in the past.
The other critical threat that AI poses is security and ethical. While AI has an
employment issue, killing ,illions of jobs not only in IT but all other sectors that one
can think of , from jouirnalism, to lawyers and teachers and everything , threatening
developing economies like India in BIG way.
Artificial intelligence (AI) could replace the equivalent of 300 million full-time jobs, a report by investment bank Goldman Sachs says. It could replace a quarter of work tasks in the US and Europe but may also mean new jobs and a productivity boom. .
But we are worried about the security and ethical part of AI which is an existential threat to not only INdia but the world. As AI and its clan of robots start getting more evolutionary they poses a threat to override human intervention and take decisions for themselves. This can result in swarms of Robots attacking human race with no one having a clue to stop them. AI can add to the worries as all the knowledge and controls avaialble to humans will be known to these robots and even how o prevent their masters i.e. human interference. Consider what all can happen with such intelligent AI powered robots an dother equipments. As an example consider yourself ordering ‘ ALEXA’ to ‘ON’ the AC and ‘ALEXA’ says ‘NO’ its already cold . This is the simple most example of how AI powered instruments can override human control and order. As of now you are used to “YES’ from all such equipments ALEXA which has become pervasive. But we ar yet to see arrival of robots and their fall out.
The G20 platform is an ideal platform to talk and discuss about AI and other disruptive technologies like DRONES , ROBOTS etc. Fortunately India is in the CHAIR for this G20 being hosted by PM Modi and India. The leaders expected to participate are the presidents of Argentina, Brazil, China, France, South Korea, Mexico, Turkey, USA, European Commission, EU, prime ministers of Australia, Canada, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Saudi Arabia, UK, and the German Chancellor. The invited guests include the presidents of the African Union, Egypt, Nigeria, Rwanda and UAE, prime ministers of Bangladesh, Mauritius, Netherlands, Singapore and Spain, and the Sultan of Oman. In addition, guests inv ..
A forum like the G20 is meant to discuss policy coordination for economic stability in the world, promote financial regulations that reduce risks and prevent financial crisis – not to further the strategic interests of any country.
The abovementioned six agenda priorities are well chosen and should lead to constructive policy decisions, framework and follow up action plans.
It may be bit late to raise separate issues than mentioned above but Artificial Intelligence has risks for all the countries and the world. But raising the issue with its multi potential threats will be the right thing to do esp when worlds top heads will be in the country.
PM Modi is the ideal person to take up the issue as INdia under Modi enjoys the confidence of almost all world leaders from Japan to America, Russia to Europe and the middle east.
We on behalf of our policy issue platform ‘Samanvaya’ would like to REQUEST THE HON’BLE PRIME MINISTER TO CONSIDER THIS ISSUE OF AI, VERY SERIOUSLY ‘ in the larger interest of mankind and the country and utilise the platform of G20 to discuss among world leaders. THIS WILL BE THE ULTIMATE AND LASTING GIFT / OUTCOME OF G20 FROM A 5000 OLD CIVILIZATION WHICH BELEIVES IN VASUDEV KUTAMBAKUM AND SARVA BHANTU SUKHIN, SARVE SANTU NIRAMAYA, SARVE BHADRANI PASHYANTU, MA KASCHIT DUKHAMAYE.
Dr Asheesh Shah