Chennai : Technology, especially one fostering quicker communication to a larger spectrum of audiences such as social media, and artificial intelligence (AI) which has permeated all sectors, should create affordances against misuse because human values and individual privacy are of paramount importance, Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud said here on Saturday.
Contending that “new technology cannot exist in a vacuum” and hence has to be made benign with safeguards for affable use, the CJI said technology should facilitate reliable use without causing any trepidation among the people about the possible breach of their personal liberty.
“Social media has allowed us to connect with people, removing barriers of age and nationality. But this new communication tool has led to new behaviour like online abuse and trolling. Likewise, AI contains the potential to misuse, mislead, threaten, or even bully individuals. Curbing its misuse for harmful purposes will be among the key challenges for you,” he said addressing the graduating students at the 60th convocation of IIT Madras.
Technology should not create fear in the minds of users through online abuse or harassment. An impact of AI recruitment tools is that they appeared to show discrimination or bias, he claimed.
“Today, I want to leave you with two questions that I hope you will ask yourselves. What are the value your technology represents and what are its affordances?” Justice Chandrachud asked.
“When I say value, I do not mean the monetary worth of your ideas, innovations, or technology. I mean what principled values the technology represents and in particular, what are the values it furthers in the context you seek to deploy it,” he said.
A total of 2,571 students graduated during the 60th convocation and 453 doctorate degrees including 19 for joint degrees with foreign universities received their degree certificates. IIT Madras has become the first institute in the country to establish its international campus in Zanzibar (Tanzania) for four-year MS and two-year BS courses in data science and AI, said IIT-M Director V Kamakoti.
Pawan Goenka, chairperson, Board of Governors, IIT Madras, said the institute’s spending on research activities increased to Rs 1,000 crore now from about Rs 250 crore in the past. ( With PTI inputs )