J&K Far Behind in AI


By Khalid Mustafa

WE are living in an era where time is running fast, not by means of the clocks or watches we wear but the speed with which development and technological advancement is taking place. World is trying to achieve the goal of complete usage of Artificial intelligence by means of Computers and other IT gadgets. In many parts of the world and in India as well, the AI is one of the main priorities and is being scheduled to be implemented in every sector of living like the Medical sector, Defense, Education and other businesses and organizations. Artificial intelligence (AI) has received increased attention in recent years. Innovation, made possible through the Internet, has brought AI closer to our everyday lives. From solving common mathematical problem to the launch of space ship, the AI is the first step.

Email filtering (Email services use artificial intelligence to filter incoming emails. Users can train their spam filters by marking emails as “spam”).  Personalization (Online services use artificial intelligence to personalize your experience. Services like Amazon, flip kart, Youtube or Netflix, “learn” from your previous purchases and the purchases of other users in order to recommend relevant content for you). Fraud detection (Banks use artificial intelligence to determine if there is strange activity on your account. Unexpected activity, such as foreign transactions, could be flagged by the algorithm). Speech recognition (Applications use artificial intelligence to optimize speech recognition functions. Examples include intelligent personal assistants, e.g. Amazon’s “Alexa” or Apple’s “Siri”). Robotic Engineering, Defense Engineering and other such computer formed engineering in our country are the examples of AI.

Artificial intelligence is a technology that is already impacting how users interact with, and are affected by the Internet. In the near future, its impact is likely going to grow. AI has the potential to vastly change the way that humans interact, not only with the digital world, but also with each other; through their work and through other socioeconomic institutions – for better or for worse.

If we are to ensure that the impact of artificial intelligence will be positive, it will be essential that all stakeholders participate in the debates surrounding AI. As AI is an Internet enabled technology, the Internet Society recognizes that understanding the opportunities and challenges associated with AI is critical to developing an Internet that people can trust.

But unfortunately, J&K is still waiting for high speed internet and we are far behind in Artificial intelligence and its implementation in day to day work and businesses. We are not in a position to have online services available to launch our business online in cyber world. Such things not only make us lose in respect to economy but even in an emotional manner.  We lack the potential of being online and discover new things.

Even as J&K has many skilled IT engineers, they are not ready to invest and are trying to move from J&K to locations where their skills are respected and nourished. To us, the AI is limited to the installation of ATM machines or to have CT scan machines in our hospitals. But AI (Artificial Intelligence) is a lot more.

Usually, after problems we come up with the solutions. However, we should have solutions before problems. Due to Covid-19 and the lockdown, people of J&K have become aware about many platforms like the Zoom app, Microsoft Teams, Skype Meetings. Otherwise people’s knowledge and engagement with internet was just limited to social media or for submitting exam or job forms.

This limited use is a result of poor execution of the potentials of IT sector in J&K. It is this lack of knowledge that has kept internet use limited to social media.

We should have access to high speed internet in our educational, business, engineering, defense and medical sectors to enable professionals to discover new things with new AI gadgets and robotics. Technology might but should not eliminate human power. However, it will and must help us grow – economically, financially and emotionally.

  • The author is an IT & Management Expert who is currently working as the IT Manager at HK Nissan

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