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AI and India’s scientific tradition

On the 161st birthday of Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose, a memorial lecture in his name paid tribute to the lesser known history of the computational aspects of Indian scientific tradition.

Subhash Kak, Regents Professor Emeritus of Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, emphasised the relevance it had to the current controversies in Artificial Intelligence.

“We are living in the most disruptive age in human history,” Kak — an expert on cyber security, AI, and quantum computing — said while delivering the 81st Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Memorial Lecture at the Bose Institute on Saturday.

“People are talking of colossal job loss. AI is to make people redundant. If the Industrial Revolution drew brain power, AI is replacing brain power,” the professor who coined the term quantum neural computing — a theory of brain processing — said.

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