The Ananta Aspen Centre, in partnership with the Aspen Institute network of International Partners, hosted the NextGen Network in New Delhi in March 2019, the fourth workshop in the network supported by Microsoft.
The group of 20 young leaders explored, examined, and debated salient issues concerning the advent of AI, broadening outlooks and enhancing capacity in the pursuit of sustainable and home-grown solutions, and aimed to inform policy discussions at the local, national and international level. The emerging young leaders in the AI space in India represented a broad cross-section of stakeholders from start-up founders and entrepreneurs, to academics, government representatives, NGO and civil-society activists, and tech-innovators and inventors.
The NextGen workshop gathered generation thinkers and leaders, researchers, experts, entrepreneurs and state administration representatives to discuss the underlying values and principles that need to be respected in order to deliver ethical AI in society and how can we leverage AI to address societal challenges.
The workshop was moderated by Sameer Walia, Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellow and Founder and Chief Executive, Ripples of Hope and Dr. Gautam Shroff Chief Scientist and Head of Research at Tata Consultancy Services. Ms. Anna Roy, Senior Adviser, National Institution for Transforming India, who leads the AI and Block Chain, Big Data and Disruptive Technology initiative in India was the keynote speaker at the workshop.
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The NextGen Network series, entitled Building the Future: Addressing the opportunities and challenges of an AI-enabled world, serve as active workshops to create a feedback mechanism for the informed perspectives of millennials on how societies should prepare themselves to respond to new technologies and inform policy discussions at the local and international level.