ISRO chairman S Somnath (file photo)

The chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), S Somanath, voiced concerns about the growing influence of Artificial Intelligence (AI), emphasizing its omnipresence in our daily lives. Speaking at an event organized by Pragjyotishpur University in Guwahati on January 17, Somanath warned that AI is gradually learning about individuals through their phones and other devices, potentially leading to a future where AI rules over various aspects of human life.

“Today we are talking about artificial intelligence. AI is all around us. Every phone that you handle is actually learning you bit by bit. Every key that you use gives a signature of you into the system,” said S Somanath.

He went on to express concerns about AI’s increasing control, stating, “They know who you are, what are your tastes. The computer knows everything. You may not know, your friends may not know, but the computer system knows you better than your friends. It will also grow in the days to come, AI will start ruling many things here.”

Somanath’s remarks come amid a global discussion on the ethical and societal implications of AI, with experts emphasizing the need for responsible development and deployment of these technologies.

In addition to addressing AI concerns, Somanath previously outlined India’s ambitious space programme, including plans to build a space station by 2035 and establish an Indian presence on the moon by 2040. He credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a fervent advocate for India’s space endeavours, highlighting the recent successes of ISRO under the prime minister’s guidance.

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