India successfully hosted the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) Summit on December 14, 2023, at the Bharat Mandapam in New Delhi. Over the past three days, around 30 sessions were organized, which were graced by the global AI experts from GPAI, International Organisations, Industry / Startups, and Academia.
Some of these sessions were held in closed door meetings having delegates and experts of GPAI. Other sessions were held in public and live streamed for wider participation. More than 22,000 persons attended the summit and out of these 15,000+ AI enthusiasts participated in the summit virtually, according to a PIB release.
Here are the major outcomes achieved during the GPAI summit:
- GPAI New Delhi Declaration built the consensus among GPAI members on advancing safe, secure, and trustworthy AI and commitment to supporting the sustainability of GPAI projects.
- The Prime Minister gave a clarion call to work together to prepare a global framework for the ethical use of AI.
- India as the main player in the field of AI talent and AI-related ideas was highlighted.
- India Shines as Global Hub for AI Innovation.
- India brought together all major initiatives for AI – UN Advisory Group on AI, UK AI Safety Summit – at one event at GPAI New Delhi Summit.
- AI Research Analytics and Knowledge Dissemination Platform (AIRAWAT) and National Program on Artificial Intelligence and its role in shaping the AI ecosystem in India was prominently emphasized.
- Platform was provided to the research community to showcase their core and applied research.
- Opportunity was provided to the Startup community to showcase their AI products and services in the expo.
- AI Pitch fest provided an opportunity to upcoming startups to pitch for their innovation and value-added products and services.
- The summit brought to the fore the multi-stakeholder approach on taking AI among the masses especially among youths and students and highlighted the latest advancements on AI from technology, policy, framework, industrial, ethical, business, and academic perspectives.
Notably, the GPAI summit was inaugurated on December 12, 2023 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The event saw the participation of delegates from 29 member countries and various international organisations namely OECD, UNESCO, ISO, WEF, World Bank, UNDP, Commonwealth etc, GPAI experts, industry and startup veterans, AI practitioners, academicians, students, and officials from Central and State Governments.
Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister expressed delight in India chairing the GPAI Summit next year at a time when the entire world is debating artificial intelligence. Noting both the positive and negative aspects emerging, the Prime Minister underlined the responsibility enshrined in each nation and recalled interactions with various industry leaders of AI, discussing the GPAI Summit.
Panel Discussions and other sessions
Session titled ‘Applications of AI in Priority Sectors’ focused on the challenges and opportunities in the adoption of AI by industries to enhance competitiveness, explore the market potential of AI, and promote its uptake across sectors. Keynote speakers included Vijay Shekhar Sharma, CEO of Paytm, and Nivruti Rai, MD & CEO of Invest India. The session was moderated by Kazim Rizvi, Founder of The Dialogue, and speakers included Laila Cremona, Founder & CEO of The Medibay, Aakrit Vaish, CEO of Haptik AI, Samir Shah, Executive Vice Chair and Co-Founder of Dvara, among others.
Sessions on topic Collaborative AI for Global Partnership (CAIGP) – Global Cooperation for Equitable AI and Building Scalable Large Language Models (LLMs) was organised, wherein, distinguished panelists delved into the intricate aspects of establishing a seamless foundation technology for crafting speech recognition tailored for Indian languages. The significance of multicultural training data and multilingual evaluation data was duly underscored.
Other seesions that were held included session on the ‘Responsible AI Working Group’, ‘AI and Global Health: Role of AI In Advancing Healthcare’, ‘AI Education and Skilling: Bridging the Talent Gap’, ‘International AI Regulations: Catalyzing Innovation while ensuring Safety, Trust, and Accountability’, among others.
29 countries of the GPAI have unanimously adopted the GPAI New Delhi Declaration, which promises to position GPAI at the front and center of shaping the future of AI in terms of both innovation and creating collaborative AI between the partner nations. Countries agreed to create applications of AI in healthcare, agriculture, and many other areas that concern all our countries and all of our people.