Maharashtra is betting big on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning by setting up India’s first ever centre for research in AI and the state government is collaborating with the Wadhwani Foundation which is investing over 200 crores to set up the centre in Mumbai. The centre was inaugurated by the Prime Minister on Sunday evening.

It will look at solutions for traffic management, agricultural distress and rural and urban healthcare, problems that the state has been unable to resolve. It’s being described as Maharashtra’s leap of faith in the technology domain and this centre will put Mumbai on India’s technology map, officials say.

“This is in line with the vision of the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister in order to create a future ready environment for the state,” says Kaustubh Dhavse, Officer on Special Duty to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The effort the founders say will be to make the centre a hub for AI in India.

Co-founder and former CEO of Information Technology company iGate says the time is just right. “This would be the perfect time to take the power of AI and apply it to accelerating social development.

Interestingly with all of this AI work being done all over the world all of it is being designed for commercial interests and very little is done being done to help people at the bottom of the pyramid and that is what our institute will focus on,” Sunil Wadhwani, Founder of Wadhwani Initiative for Sustainable Health (WISH Foundation) told NDTV. The institute will be headed Dr. P Anandan, a renowned researcher in computer vision and artificial intelligence with a career spanning over 30 years in academia and industry. Read more from gadgets.ndtv.com…

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