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IIT Madras sets up Centre for Responsible AI

Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) set up Centre for Responsible AI (CeRAI), an interdisciplinary research centre, to ensure ethical and responsible development of AI-based solutions in the real world. As AI is getting popular in all realms of life, IIT Madras came up with a dedicated centre for Responsible AI. Google donated USD1 Million for this Centre.

A press release from IIT Madras explained that the primary objectives of CeRAI will be to produce high-quality research outputs, such as publishing research articles in high-impact journals/conferences, white papers, and patents, among others. The centre will work towards creating technical resources such as curated datasets (universal as well as India-specific), software, toolkits and others with respect to the domain of Responsible AI.

Highlighting the need for a separate centre for Responsible AI,  Prof. V. Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras, said, “We have now reached a stage where we have to assign responsibility to AI tools and interpret the reasons for the output the AI gives. Aspects of human augmentation, risk of leakage of collected data and the introduction of new policies besides substantial research must be addressed. There is a growing need for trust to be built around AI and it is crucial to bring about the notion of privacy. AI will not take away jobs as long as domain interpretation exists.”

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