State ready to embrace artificial intelligence concept: IT secy

28 Aug 2017

The West Bengal government is ready to embrace the next industrial revolution, which is coming in the form of artificial intelligence (AI), state’s additional chief secretary for Information Technology and Electronics Debashis Sen said today. At a seminar themed as 'Industry 4.0-The New Era of AI' organised by Bharat Chamber of Commerce, Sen said the West Bengal government wants to facilitate people who want to work in the field of AI to help in its industrial growth.
Allaying fears that   rise of AI may lead to huge loss of jobs across the world, sen said: "Whatever may be the ramifications, we cannot afford to lose this opportunity. There is no question of opposing this concept because it is the future".
Giving details of the state government's positive approach towards industrial development, he said a decision had been taken to develop all 126 cities in the state following the concept of Smart Cities. He also said that the government has decided to develop Samriddhi Township in Kalyani as a dedicated analytic city. "We have created hardware parks at Sonarpur and have decided to provide facilities to fin-tech industries at our financial hub at Rajarhat". 
He today urged industry the chambers to consider adopting start-up and work as their mentors and asked academicians to think about change their syllabi.
Prof of electronics and telecommunication engineering at Jadavpur University Bhaskar Gupta elaborated on how cyber physical systems are gradually taking over physical systems. Gupta however expressed hope that though loss of jobs will be an unavoidable reality, need for human skills will never end. He stressed on reskilling of manpower so that they can take up challenges that technology will throw at them in days to come.                   
Bharat Chamber’s senior V-P Sitaram Sharma said it was time to understand the important perspectives of industry and "we also need to know the effective role of AI and IT services in this emerging era of industrial development". (EOIC)