Indian PM's 25-year roadmap laid out with help from AI

AI is so good at drawing pictures and driving cars, why not let it govern a country?

India's prime minister, Narendra Modi, used AI to help develop the nation's 25-year development roadmap, according to comments made during a live-streamed interview with news agency ANI on Monday.

The PM revealed his team gathered the opinions of over 1.5 million people and then refined and classified it using AI.

"I made it subject-wise with the help of AI," stated Modi, according to a machine translation from Hindi to English.

"This is our blueprint for 25 years, which is my own vision now," declared the incumbent seeking re-election.

While he didn't disclose the specifics of the roadmap, Modi did explain that the plans will be implemented following India’s election, which kicks off this week. Modi is running for a third term and is favored to win it handily.

In pursuit of that goal, his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday published its election manifesto [PDF], which promises to use AI to combat the illicit drugs trade, and to improve management of road traffic.

The manifesto also details India's existing "AI mission" – which includes a $1.24 billion funding package to bolster AI – announced last month. This package includes physical infrastructure, like a supercomputer with at least 10,000 GPUs, as well as initiatives towards building indigenous large multimodal models (LMMs).

Lest you fear AI has ben placed in charge of India's billion-plus people, the nation has also sought to regulate the technology. In early March, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) issued an advisory requiring tech companies to seek approval before launching new tools.

Intermediaries or platforms must also ensure any LLM or other AI model product does not permit bias, discrimination, or threaten the integrity of the electoral process.

The BJP manifesto also includes tech-related policies – including strengthening India's digital sovereignty, improving cyber security, and creation of a "National Quantum Mission."

The party has also promised to "deepen our component ecosystem and take semiconductor design and manufacturing to a new level to become one of the global majors in chip manufacturing" – but without a timeframe for achieving that status. ®

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