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Nation's First AI Conference Gets Postponed Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

Publish On: 21 Mar, 2020 09:41 AM | Updated   |   Madhurima  

NEW DELHI: The government of India declared that India's summit on Artificial Intelligence (commonly known as, AI) which was to take place on the month of October this year in New Delhi has been postponed due to the emerging coronavirus cases from all around the country. This would have been the country's first-ever summit based on AI. The announcement was made on 20 March 2020.

The event called, Responsible AI for Social Empowerment or RAISE 2020 and was scheduled for 2 days from 5 October to 6 October. The aim of the summit was to conduct a global meeting of minds which can interact to share ideas and charter a program so that AI could be used for aspects like inclusion, social transformation and empowerment in the fields of education, healthcare, agriculture and smart mobility.

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Abhishek Singh, who is the President and CEO of National e-Governance Division, also known as NeGD, representing the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) said, "The registrations are open for all participants and the process will remain the same as before. All AI startups are welcome to participate through the same procedure for the Startup Pitchfest."

He further added, "The step to postpone the summit is a public health measure for containment and mitigation of the current COVID-19 outbreak."

The event known as 'Startup Pitchfest' in the summit would be a place to present the approaches to use AI in increasing social transformation, empowerment and inclusion.

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The now postponed summit was to make an environment, which is rich in data since the country has the scope to become world's top AI laboratory that can succeed in changing lives worldwide.