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India and Geopolitics of AI

  • Published
    6th Dec, 2023


The parallels between AI and nuclear history, emphasizes towards geopolitical challenges and India's strategic positioning.

Nuclear Experience and AI:

  • Complex Nexus: The Global AI discussions echo nuclear history, emphasizing lessons learned.
  • Arising concerns: Both revolutions prompt geopolitical concerns and demand nuanced global governance.
  • AI in line like Nuclear Energy: AI's transformative potential distinguishes it from nuclear technology, necessitating nuanced approaches to global challenges.

Challenges in AI Governance:

  • Creates geopolitical dilemma: AI governance replicates historical challenges, including geopolitical rivalries and technology misuse.
  • Calls for military AI bans parallel historical disarmament demands, yet rapid AI progress persists.
  • Growing interest in "arms control" agreements, notably between the US and China, highlights the need for collaborative international frameworks.

Lessons for India from Nuclear History:

  • Time to Rethink: India's nuclear history yields valuable lessons for navigating AI complexities.
  • Disarmament idealism's contrast with the need for proactive AI engagement.
  • Widening scope: Building on US-India AI partnerships is crucial for India's global positioning; avoiding technological exceptionalism is imperative.
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