Aishwarya Paliwal: Google, the most popular search engine in the world, is now investing aggressively in artificial intelligence, and the company is working on providing text and voice internet search in more than 100 Indian languages.
The Indian-born chief executive of Google and Alphabet, Sundar Pichai, who is visiting the country, is full of praise for the technological leaps India has made in the past few years.
Speaking with IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, Pichai said, “The pace of technological change in the country is extraordinary, and Google is supporting small businesses and start-ups, investing in cybersecurity, providing education and skills training, and bringing AI (artificial intelligence) to the next level.” ) are applied in various fields such as agriculture and healthcare.”
Google seeks quick access to $10 billion India digitization fund
Referring to the progress made so far on the fund the giant announced for the country in 2020, the $10 billion, 10-year India Digitization Fund (IDF), Pichai said he was visiting India to see the $10 billion Progress of $100 million, 10-year India Digitization Fund (IDF), and share new approaches. We help advance India’s digital future at the Google for India event.
In his blog, Sundar Pichai elaborated on plans to boost India’s technological capabilities, “This includes our efforts to build a single, unified AI model that will be able to handle speech and text in more than 100 Indian languages – our global Part of an effort to bring 1,000 of the world’s most spoken languages online and help people access knowledge and information in their preferred language.”
“Together with IIT Madras, we are also supporting a new, multidisciplinary Center for Responsible Artificial Intelligence,” Pichai said.
In July 2020, Google announced plans to invest $10 billion in India over the next five to seven years, as the search giant looks to help accelerate the adoption of digital services in key overseas markets.
In an interaction with Telecommunications and IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, Sundar Pichai said he is excited to see how India will contribute to AI breakthroughs that will benefit more than 1 billion people in India and many more around the world people.
Responding to Pichai, the IT Minister said: “Let me be clear that we are passionate about fostering AI and see it playing an important role in India’s tech story, be it in agriculture, linguistic diversity, bridging gaps and giving people access to The credit side is at the bottom of the pyramid and there are opportunities everywhere. We will leverage our success in payments and identity.”
India will become a tech giant in the next few years, the IT minister said, with data from UPI transactions proving a strong digital economy.
Pichai told Vaishnaw that the next step is to use artificial intelligence models and ensure information is shared across 1,000 languages.
Pichai added that he is amazed by the ways people are already using technology to improve their communities.
When it comes to India’s startup ecosystem, Pichai sees it as complex. “In the U.S., it succeeded because of being able to reach 300 million people. In India, the ability to scale is an opportunity.”
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In an exclusive interview with India Today, Ajay Vidyasagar, Director of South Asia, Southeast Asia and Asia Pacific Emerging Markets, YouTube said, “India is one of the brightest regions in the world for YouTube, and now we are launching a ‘course’ in India.”
“The growth rate in India is astounding, the data shows more than 4500 channels with more than 1 million subscribers, an increase of more than 40% year-on-year. The number of short videos on YouTube has grown significantly, India is a video country. We will allow monetization of the last quarter of next year shorts.”
He added: “We have a robust mechanism for checking content moderation. We have invested heavily in R&D and a team that monitors content on the platform. On average, we remove 1 million videos through monitoring.”
PM and govt drive Digital India Vision
Earlier this year, Sundar Pichai received the prestigious Padma Bhushan – India’s third highest civilian award. He received the Padma Bhushan Medal 2022 in the trade and industry category.
“I am very grateful to the Government of India and the people of India for this tremendous honor. It is very meaningful to be honored in this way by the country that has shaped me,” Pichai said when accepting the award.
Alongside his public interaction with the IT minister, he also held a closed-door meeting with the prime minister.
Pichai said he looked forward to supporting India’s G20 presidency to “advance an open, connected internet that works for everyone”.
Thank you for PM @narendramodi for a great session today. It is inspiring to see the rapid pace of technological change under your leadership. Looking forward to continuing our strong partnership and supporting India’s G20 presidency to advance an open, connected internet for all,” Google’s India-born CEO tweeted.
In response to the tweet, Modi wrote: “Nice to meet you @sundarpichai and discuss innovation, technology, etc. It is important that the world continues to work together to use technology for human prosperity and sustainable development.”
India’s laws on data will ensure robust use of AI
Ashwini Vaishnaw explained that from an Indian perspective, the Data Act and the Digital India Act will create a powerful platform to take full advantage of AI.
“The focus will be on the middle class and the poor, ultimately allowing them to benefit from technology,” he said. In all this, the role of the private sector will be a key component, with the government providing the platform. “Then the private sector will provide solutions.”
In an exclusive interview with India Today, the IT Minister said, “The Data Protection Bill, the Telecom Bill and the Digital India Bill will be tabled in the next monsoon session. Consultations are underway with experts in various fields and we will ensure data security in India, no one Take away Indian users for a free ride.”
“In terms of technology, India is the bright spot, UPI data shows that 55% of India’s GDP is realized through digital transactions. In G20, we will show our technology to the world, and global players are very interested in how we develop. “
There has been some debate about what the role of regulation might entail. According to Pichai, technology needs responsible regulation, “Given its size, India has a leadership role. It is important to balance and maintain the framework. As we can see, this is an important moment.”