India among top 20 countries in artificial intelligence readiness ranking

India along with Singapore and Japan are among the top 20 countries in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Readiness Index released by the International Development Research Center (IDRC) and Oxford Insights on Tuesday. . India ranks #19 in the AI ​​readiness ranking, which examines 194 countries around the world, assessing their governance, infrastructure and data, skills and education, and government and social services to measure how well these countries are prepared to manage it. the transformative impact of AI. In fact, this ranking is dominated by countries with strong economies, strong information infrastructures and strong governance systems.

“Given that we are about to see the widespread implementation of AI in many areas, it is important that governments know the results to ensure that these inequalities do not become more entrenched as we enter the fourth industrial revolution”, he said. Richard. Stirling, founder and CEO of Oxford Insights.

Differences in AI readiness between states may increase the risk of some countries becoming testing grounds. In addition, AI can magnify existing inequalities if the specific situation of each region is not taken into account. In order to close the possibility of widening global inequality, there is a need for equitable implementation.

Asian landscape

The Government AI Readiness Index covers 54 governments across the Asia-Pacific region. Two countries in Asia-Pacific are among the top ten in the world for government readiness for AI: Singapore (first) and Japan (second in Asia-Pacific and tenth in the world). But the Asia-Pacific region also has two countries in the world’s bottom ten: North Korea (last in Asia-Pacific and 193rd out of 194 in the world), and the small Pacific island region of Micronesia (second last in Asia-Pacific). Pacific and 186th out) of 194 worldwide). This is indicative of uneven progress in government readiness and adoption of AI across the Asia-Pacific region. However, many regional governments are working on developing national plans to accelerate the adoption of AI.

Lessons from the Asia-Pacific context

According to the report, China, which is currently sixth in the Asia-Pacific and 21st in the world according to the current ranking, will increase the ranking next year because the government has strongly focused on investing in AI capabilities. While China may be lagging behind in basic research (ie pure research, with no immediate tangible results), it is catching up fast. In the adoption and utilization of AI in this context, China’s advantage lies in the large amount of data, and the growing number of AI engineers, together with a strong and dynamic environmental environment. The sheer volume of data, in particular, will give China a clear competitive advantage for its AI industry that other countries will find difficult to surpass.

Singapore is taking a different approach than China, and is paying close attention to managing public concerns around AI. It is one of the few governments that has created an AI Ethics Advisory Council as part of its AI strategy, to help the government to develop ethical standards and governance structures, issue advisory guidelines, guide Effective and ethical rules for adoption by businesses “Although not to the same extent as in Singapore, most other governments with AI strategies also employ ethical language to promote the responsible use of AI. Singapore’s leadership in adopting transparent, transparent, and fair algorithms, as well as in seriously incorporating considerations of competition, privacy, and ethics into its policy and regulatory framework, will be a useful resource for other governments as formulate their AI strategies.

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