Microsoft champions AI transformation, plans to train 2 million professionals in India

Chen Ming-yang; Jerry Chen, DIGITIMES Asia 0

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Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella shared his thoughts on the transformative potential of AI following the announcement of the company's plans to train over 2 million AI professionals in India.

Speaking during a CEO Connection event in Mumbai, India, Nadella said the talent upscaling effort will shift high-paying jobs to rural areas and create substantial economic opportunities. The new technology will bring a significant boost to the country's gross domestic product (GDP), he added.

India upscales AI talent

Microsoft's AI talent cultivation drive comes in the wake of the Indian government's approval of the INR103.7192 billion AI Mission to foster the country's own AI ecosystem. NASSCOM is the Indian government's AI talent upscaling partner in the initiative.

The association's President Debjani Ghosh believes equipping the talent pool with AI skills will help boost the productivity of the population. Talents ranging from top-tier AI developers to white-collar and everyday citizens could all benefit from more AI training.

The national and business potential of AI

According to Business Today, Satya Nadella likened the development of AI to that of PCs. PCs are a platform to extract and process general information, whereas AI is more geared towards specialized knowledge, he said.

Nadella described AI as a tool to break down information silos and professional barriers, with far-reaching implications for fields such as law, sales, and supply chain management. Nadella said India should capitalize on this momentum with its advantageous position.

Nadella outlined three areas he deemed essential for AI development and application: the adoption of Microsoft's AI assistant Copilot, leveraging Copilot stacks, and addressing trust and security concerns. He sees these areas as pivotal in determining the outcomes of AI business applications.

Nadella underscored the significance of digitization in influencing a country's GDP and long-term development. He said the creation of computers that understand human behavior and the acceleration of digitalization efforts are critical for the development of AI.

He highlighted AI's potential to significantly expedite advancements across various technological domains, citing an example of how the usage of AI has potentially reduced the volume of lithium-ion batteries by 70%. He also acknowledged that challenges persist in fully harnessing the potential of Copilot stacks in this regard.

Closing his remarks, Nadella predicted an increase in the emergence of new AI models globally, with organizations and countries selecting models tailored to their specific needs. "Trust-related considerations and the importance of meeting diverse security requirements are the most paramount in the composition of AI," he added.