RAISE 2020: Over 15,000 register for virtual global summit on Artificial Intelligence

03 Oct 2020


Over 15,000 representatives have registered themselves to participate in a virtual global summit on artificial intelligence (AI), RAISE 2020 (Responsible AI for Social Empowerment 2020), being organised from 5 to 9 October 2020.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the summit, which is being organised by the ministry of electronics and information technology (MeitY) and NITI Aayog. 
Minister of electronics and IT, communications and law and justice Ravi Shankar Prasad, eminent global AI expert, Turing awardee, Padma Bhushan awardee and former co-chair of US President's Information Technology Advisory Committee Raj Reddy, MD and chairman of Reliance Industries Ltd Mukesh Ambani and CEO of IBM Arvind Krishna among other dignitaries will grace the occasion.
Professor Raj Reddy will hold a session on developing voice-enabled AI that removes linguistic barriers on 6 October, the second day of the summit. Former Infosys CFO Mohandas Pai, and president and legal head of Microsoft Global Brad Smith will also participate in these sessions.
Pai will share his views about developments in data and AI-powered financial services in India, which have been key to driving financial inclusion. Smith will shed light on the regulatory framework for developing responsible AI that is trustworthy and non-discriminatory.
RAISE 2020 will have a dedicated session on building inclusive AI that empowers one billion plus Indians. This session will have Jenny Lay Flurrie, chief accessibility officer of Microsoft, sharing her views. Flurrie has vast experience of research and is an expert at formulating IT strategy. Anita Bhatia, assistant secretary general, deputy executive director, UN Women, will also deliver a keynote address in this session, which will have an all-women panel and is being curated by UN Women.
On the afternoon of 6 October, there will be a fireside chat between Ajay Prakash Sawhney, secretary, ministry of electronics and IT, and Noshir Kaka, senior partner at Mckinsey, who will talk about the need to integrate AI while building public digital platforms. Kaka is the managing director of McKinsey’s India offices and the founder of its global outsourcing and offshoring practice.
This will be followed by a session on Education and Awareness for Responsible AI by Urvashi Aneja, founding director, Tandem Research, and Rahul Sharma, president, Amazon Internet Services Pvt Ltd, Public Sector, India & South Asia.
A session on Unlocking Maps for Societal Impact will then be headed by Lalitesh Katragadda, founder, Indihood and Rohan Verma, CEO and executive director, MapmyIndia.
So far, more than 15,000 stakeholders from across academia, the research industry and government representatives from across the world have registered to participate in RAISE 2020.
Home to the world’s third largest startup ecosystem, elite science and technology institutions like the IITs, robust and ubiquitous digital infrastructure, and millions of newly-minted STEM graduates every year, India is well-positioned to become a global leader in the development of artificial intelligence.
Industry analysts predict that AI could add up to $957 billion to India’s economy by 2035. In the spirit of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to leverage AI for inclusive development in line with the country's 'AI for All' strategy. 
From agriculture to fin-tech and healthcare to infrastructure, artificial intelligence can be a truly transformative force. India is uniquely positioned to become the AI laboratory of the world and contribute to inclusive development and growth through empowerment. The RAISE 2020 Summit (http://raise2020.indiaai.gov.in/) will serve as a platform for discussion and consensus building to help create a data-rich environment, which is a stepping stone to eventually transform lives globally.
The summit will facilitate an exchange of ideas to create mass awareness about the need to ethically develop and practice AI.

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