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US body on AI calls for creating India-US strategic tech alliance

Washington, October 14 

The US ought to construct a proper tech alliance with India that can assist develop an overarching Indo-Pacific technique centered on rising know-how, an unbiased federal fee on synthetic intelligence has mentioned.

The newly-created Nationwide Safety Fee on Synthetic Intelligence in its report on Tuesday mentioned the Division of State and the Division of Defence ought to negotiate formal AI cooperation agreements with India, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and Vietnam.

Within the report submitted to the Congress and President Donald Trump, the Fee underlined that America should construct on the energy of its allies and companions to win the worldwide know-how competitors and protect free and open societies.

This advice builds on rising assist for the Quadrilateral Safety Dialogue, a strategic discussion board among the many US, Australia, India, and Japan, and requires formalising relationships with these and different nations within the Indo-Pacific area to concentrate on AI cooperation for defence and safety functions, it mentioned.

The Fee advisable a complete strategic framework to marshal worldwide multilateral and bilateral cooperation to attain this objective.

First, the US should expedite the accountable improvement and fielding of AI by NATO and member states and form defence cooperation agreements with allies and companions within the Indo-Pacific, it mentioned.

Second, the US should construct a multilateral effort to advance the accountable use of AI, by main a coalition of democracies to advance the accountable use of AI, additional innovation, and strengthen diplomatic ties and enhance coordination with personal trade and worldwide companions to make sure new rising know-how requirements are based mostly on technical issues and finest practices, not political manipulation, and deal with nationwide safety wants, it mentioned.

Third, the US should deepen its AI bilateral partnerships with free and open societies, it mentioned.“It ought to pursue this by way of a proper tech alliance between the world’s largest democracies – the US and India – and strategic dialogue between the world’s largest economies – the US and the European Union – to deal with the challenges and alternatives introduced by AI,” mentioned the Fee.

In its report, the Fee requires the US to centre its Indo-Pacific relations round India with rising tech as a key point of interest; recognising the significance of India because the world’s largest democracy; the rising geopolitical challenges confronted by India; the shared dedication to freedom, democratic ideas, and the rule of regulation; and the numerous shared pursuits of the 2 nations, together with sturdy innovation and technical infrastructures.

The Fee mentioned that to implement a extra sturdy coverage in direction of India, the Division of State, in coordination with the Departments of Defence and Commerce, should lead the creation of a US-India Strategic Tech Alliance (UISTA).

“The target of UISTA can be to make India a focus of US international coverage within the area and an overarching Indo-Pacific technique centered on rising know-how and India’s more and more necessary geopolitical function,” it mentioned.

The nations ought to interact in periodic high-level conferences to develop an overarching technique on points involving rising know-how and the Indo-Pacific area, it added.

By way of common working teams, UISTA ought to develop and implement concrete, operational avenues for cooperation between the 2 nations – together with superior joint analysis and improvement initiatives round AI; expertise exchanges and expertise move; a spread of points on innovation, together with rising know-how funding and aligning export controls, funding screening, and mental property rights; improvement of AI for societal functions; and utilizing AI to counter disinformation, it added.

The Fee advisable that the Division of State, in partnership with India’s Ministry of Exterior Affairs, ought to set up UISTA to develop and implement a method for rising know-how and the Indo-Pacific area.

The 2 international locations ought to use an inaugural high-level assembly to develop an overarching technique for the partnership and determine an agenda for concrete motion to be pursued by way of working group conferences.

Participation from the USA Authorities also needs to embrace the Departments of Defence, Power, and Commerce, it mentioned.

In line with the Fee, in recent times, India has redoubled its efforts to enhance its AI infrastructure (together with by way of key investments by US organisations), faces rapid threats to its territorial and our on-line world integrity from China and has been an energetic participant in probably the most promising new multilateral efforts round AI akin to GPAI and is a part of the rising D10 coalition.

“India boasts home technological experience in contrast to another and its residents characterize over 70 per cent of the H-1B visas issued yearly by the US. Alignment between the 2 nations is evident and the potential to construct on an already sturdy relationship is big,” the Fee mentioned. —PTI 

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