With new technologies disrupting businesses and changing the rules of engagement, India faces a daunting task to reskill its huge workforce for Artificial Intelligence (AI), Infosys co-founder Kris Gopalakrishnan says. "India has a major challenge of transitioning its young workforce to the fourth industrial revolution called AI after the eras of agriculture, manufacturing and services," Gopalakrishnan said in an interview. Gopalakrishnan, 63, well-known as'Kris', is one of the seven co-founders of the iconic IT firm, who became its chief executive after fellow co-founder Nandan Nilekani quit in mid-2009 to set up the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) for issuing Aadhaar cards to over a billion citizens. "As the large workforce is engaged in diverse occupations such as agriculture, manufacturing and white-collar jobs in the services sector, it needs to be re-skilled to sustain the jobs, as AI will replace traditional jobs," said Gopalakrishnan. Originating in the mid-1950s as an academic discipline, AI involves machines emulating human intelligence.
India's strides in information technology over the last two decades make for one of the country's most famous success stories. A new app traces the evolution of its IT industry, from the installation of the country's first modern computer in 1950 to the present. See also: The Big Ben theory: Tech giant Infosys to build the world's tallest clock tower Itihaasa (which means history in Hindi) is the brainchild of Kris Gopalakrishnan, the co-founder of Indian technology giant Infosys. Gopalakrishnan calls the app a sort of "digital museum", which narrates the story of India's IT miracle through articles, photographs, timelines and video interviews with 44 key players. "We brought together the stories of those who have defined the success of Indian IT, collectively and individually," Gopalakrishnan told Mashable.
With Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg sparring over its ethics and China announcing its intention to create a $150 billion domestic industry based on it, Artificial Intelligence is perhaps the most discussed topic in the tech news cycle. It's likely to be a talking point no matter what your favourite watering hole for tech news. Billions of dollars have been invested by VCs in AI since 2016 with the US and China leading the race in record funding in terms of deals and dollars. In sharp contrast, Indian startups have collectively raised less than $100 million from (2014-2017YTD), according to data from startup analytics firm Tracxn -- that's smaller than Andrew Ng's recently launched $150 million VC fund. Another way to look at it: Grammarly, a Valley-based spell check tool raised more dollars than all of India's AI startups put together in the past three and a half years.
Infosys co-founder Kris Gopalakrishnan today said Artificial Intelligence has reached the era of consumerisation and opined that it might be disruptive in the coming years. "What we are witnessing right now is the consumerisation of AI. Consumerisation has two aspects, one is cost and second is access. And I believe that we are at the beginning of the consumerisation of AI," he said. Gopalakrishnan, who is chairman of CII India Innovation Summit, opined that AI may be disruptive in the coming years.
India ranks third in the world in terms of high quality research publications in artificial intelligence (AI) but is at a significant distance from world leader China, according to an analysis by research agency Itihaasa, which was founded by Kris Gopalakrishnan, former CEO and co-founder of Infosys. The agency computed the number of'citable documents'-- the number of research publications in peer-reviewed journals -- in the field of AI between 2013-2017 as listed out by Scimago, a compendium that tracks trends in scientific research publications. India, while third in the world with 12,135 documents, trailed behind China with 37, 918 documents and the United States with 32,421 documents. However, when parsed by another metric'citations'-- or the number of times an article is referenced -- India ranked only fifth and trailed the United Kingdom, Canada, the U.S. and China. "This suggests that India must work at improving the quality of its research output in AI," said Dayasindhu N., one of the authors of the report'Landscape of AI/ML (Machine Learning) Research In India'.