Era of Artificial Intelligence: Why it is urgent to create a futuristic legal framework

Issues of deep fakes and AI advancement were discussed during the event

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With quantum advancement in Artificial Intelligence (AI), there is an urgent need to bring legal frameworks which can withstand the test of time, secretary, the Department of Legal Affairs, Law and Justice Ministry, Dr Rajiv Mani said on Thursday. He was addressing the gathering at the ‘National Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Governance and Legalities, Post GPT-4o’. 

“There is a need to come up with technology-agnostic legal frameworks which can be more futuristic and withstand the test of time,” said Mani. Chat GPT-4o is a more advanced AI tool which is better equipped to create complex applications.  

He said that history has been witness to the fact that law always trails behind technology and now with quantum advancement in technology with AI, it is imperative that the legal frameworks must be in consonance with the emerging legal and governance requirements. 

“There is a need for a change in mindset. GPT-4o is just a step in the evolution of technology, which is not going to stop with the passage of time. Therefore, it is necessary for all stakeholders to be prepared for the challenges it shall pose and deal specifically with legal policies and regulatory issues in a holistic manner,” added Mani.  

Abhishek Singh, additional secretary, ministry of electronics and information technology said that AI can bring about transformational changes across sectors and empower people. “Keeping this in mind, India is interacting with start-ups, researchers and academicians in trying to identify gaps in our approach to AI,” Singh said. 

“We got approval for a national strategy in March to launch ‘India AI mission’ that has seven verticals comprising augmenting investment in compute infrastructure, build up an Indian foundational model for AI, data set platforms, India AI future skills, India AI applications initiatives, provide support to start-ups and last but not the least, how to build safe and trusted AI. Our approach to AI is a balance between innovation and regulation,” he added.  

The conference hosted by Artificial Intelligence Law Hub discussed pressing issues such as deep fakes that require urgent addressing within a robust legal framework. Dr Pavan Duggal, advocate, Supreme Court and chief executive, AI Law Hub, in his presentation touched upon the dangers of economic and cultural disruption that AI can cause. “Within the ethnic framework implementation, we must look at the fraudulent activities and resource exploitation as well as cultural and social impact AI-generated content, that incites violence and augment social division, can bring.”

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