Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s visit to India has brought attention to the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) and the country’s technology workforce. Nadella believes that India has the ability to experience significant economic growth through AI, which could also help address the country’s structural issues. In recent interviews, Nadella has expressed his belief that India, with its talented individuals and large developer community, can compete with developed countries in the field of AI and achieve transformative change. Despite initially lagging behind in areas such as the internet and smartphones, India is now at the forefront of AI progress. During the Microsoft CEO Connection event in Mumbai, Nadella stated that there is no delay or gap between India and the rest of the world in terms of AI advancements.
Satya Nadella on India’s AI development
Countries have been competing to adopt new technologies such as artificial intelligence to become more efficient, but Nadella says India is the biggest country to benefit from utilizing this technology. Nadella highlighted the government’s claim that AI could contribute about $500 million to India’s GDP by 2025, and the technology could also contribute to the massive goal of a $5 trillion economy. Currently, India’s GDP is $3.7 trillion.
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Nadella also highlighted his “tremendous optimism” about AI adoption in India, which will help achieve the country’s goal of becoming a developed country by 2047.
Highlighting the adoption of AI in India, he said, “If anything, the use cases here are so unique… and are paving their own path. And that’s exciting. We’re not just talking about AI; we’re scaling AI.” In addition, Nadella believed that AI could improve productivity in several sectors, including energy, retail and healthcare. The Economic Times quoted Nadella as saying, “Using AI, India can create solutions that not only bring social benefits and increase productivity in the country, but are also “very important to the rest of the world”.
Technology not only scales the tech industry, but also drives the growth of other areas of the country. Nadella said: “When you have a new general-purpose technology, how intensively you invest in adopting it within the economy will affect the future prospects of the country.”
Nadella said that personal computers have increased productivity in the workplace, and now artificial intelligence will play that role. “This era of AI is really about expertise at our fingertips,” LiveMint reported Nadella as saying.
He added: “Think about what happened to forecasting. How did we do forecasting before personal computers, email and spreadsheets? And then how did the business process of forecasting change? The same thing is happening now.”
He also announced that Microsoft will be part of India’s AI journey and aims to provide AI skills to the country’s two million aspirants.
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