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AI can help eliminate cast system, inequalities: Ambedkar followers

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 7 March 2018, 13:22 IST

Firmly believing that artificial intelligence can help end social evils like caste system and reduce inequalities in India by 2030, the supporters of B R Ambedkar plan to celebrate the 127th birth anniversary of the iconic Dalit leader at the United Nations headquarters in New York next month with the theme "Artificial Intelligence for Humanity".

The anniversary is expected to be attended by representatives and artificial intelligence (AI) experts from companies like IBM, Google, Facebook and Microsoft who will discuss how the implementation of this latest technology can be used to eliminate caste system and reduce inequality in India by 2030, the event organisers said yesterday.

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The event is organised by the Foundation for Human Horizon-USA, in partnership with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

"AI if used properly can be main driver to reduce inequalities as it has ability to create and protect much-needed safe zone ie, the AI predication of caste violence by zipcode, or caste group can provide tools to develop preventive measures to stop caste violence similar to the western world where they are using 'crime maps' or 'diseases map'," said Deelip Mhaske of the Foundation for Human Horizon-USA. There is great research going on AI's use in preventing racial discrimination by IBM's "optimised pre-processing for discrimination", he said.

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"Similarly, we can use AI to reduce caste biases and violence," he said, adding that Google had developed a strategy for "equal opportunity by design", an AI-based platform.

Noting that AI diversity foundation has been very active using AI to tackle the discrimination in all aspects of life, Mhaske said the Foundation For Human Horizon was exploring a partnership with Google, IBM, Facebook and Microsoft to use AI to eradicate caste biases and discrimination.

"This is India's first approach to use AI to tackle social inequalities," Mhaske told media.

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He said the foundation had asked the Indian government to use modern technology to tackle social inequalities in India.

"AI use in reducing social inequalities can bring the second independence for lower caste/class, as AI will replace systemic biases and prejudice of individuals while implementing upliftment policies as well crimes against Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribe," he said.

"The use of AI in case of atrocities can take away police power of not registering cases, a simple mobile app will not just record the atrocity but it will notify all government machineries at the same time. A use of facial recognition technology can alert not just police about the crime happening but it will identify the perpetrator," he said.

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Mhaske started the annual celebration of Ambedkar Jayanti when he was in Geneva in 2006 while working with the UN.

He has been organising the birth anniversary celebration of Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar since 2015.

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First published: 7 March 2018, 13:22 IST