Artificial Intelligence: Transforming Lives of People in Indian Small Towns
Global Tech Outlook explores how Artificial Intelligence is transforming the Indian small towns
Artificial Intelligence has entered the domestic market of India with its smart functionalities for smart cities, industries, smart homes, consumers, and many more. Consumers have started preferring artificial intelligence over traditional workloads or systems for time-efficient and cost-efficient features. This is about the urban cities of India where there is not digital divide and poor or no network connections. But, artificial intelligence in Indian small towns is thriving in recent years while these AI models are transforming the lives of people living in these small towns. Multiple AI-based start-ups are focused on developing different AI models for Indian small towns to enhance the standard of living. Let’s dive deep into how artificial intelligence is transforming the Indian small towns efficiently and effectively.
It is outstanding how these Indian small towns are encouraging the use of AI models to be in the global competitive AI race. There are so many AI models being tested in different parts of India such as AI-based pest management tool that can be used to identify pink bollworm pests in agricultural fields— this AI model has earned a Google grant worth US$2 million for the innovative pest management solutions. A farmer in Amravati district, Maharashtra, has motivated the Wadhani Institute for artificial intelligence to build this solution to bridge a critical gap of seeking reliable data to research institutes since the workers are not equipped with modern technology to identify pests in large agricultural fields. Wadhani AI has created a partnership with the ‘Better Cotton Initiative’ and the Government of Maharashtra. India’s economy is largely dependent on the agricultural sector. Thus, artificial intelligence is helping farmers in Indian small towns to kill weeds, harvest higher-quality crops, and many more through drones, smart irrigation systems, automated intelligence monitoring, etc.
There is an AI-enabled household manager known as Niki that runs errands for a target audience in Indian small towns. This AI model is built by Techbins Solutions that offers a blend of physical as well as digital products on the platform. Niki is a virtual assistant to purchase groceries, pay utility bills, booking travel tickets, and many more activities. The target audience is consumers who cannot speak English but can utilize the smart functionalities of the cutting-edge technologies in the Indian small towns. Niki is a substitute for family children who are used to running errands for household chores. Niki can understand Hindi through voice commands efficiently.
Meanwhile, the Government of India is fuelling the ‘AI for All’ project to drive a better future for India by harnessing some major disruptive technologies. There are multiple socially beneficial programmes for these Indian small towns to enhance the standard of living. Implementing artificial intelligence in Indian small towns can transform the public welfare events as well as aim for higher reach. AI models can cover the healthcare infrastructure of the Indian small towns to collate real-time data on symptoms and treat rural patients just like metropolitan hospitals.
AI models for Indian small towns can overcome multiple challenges in the education sector such as mid-day meal programmes— predicting inventory, automation in reaching high-quality food on time to specific schools without any error, and many more. These AI models also help to teach different subjects to rural students through interactive learning in smart rural classrooms. This, in turn, can enhance the quality of education in small towns. Multiple NGOs and reputed companies are focused on educating rural children through artificial intelligence and important collaborations for CSR activities.
On the other hand, besides the healthcare and education sector, the rural water management system can leverage artificial intelligence in digital flowmeters, and other smart water management tools to help in delivering sufficient volumes of water to rural people.
Thus, multiple AI-based start-ups and companies have identified the core lagging areas of Indian small towns to focus on improving the welfare of society. There are ample opportunities to build companies in these rural areas to upskill the rural target people with artificial intelligence and other technologies. People in rural India may not have received proper education due to monetary problems, but if any business leader can train them properly, they can have the platform to showcase their talents and skills. It can be said that artificial intelligence is, indeed, transforming the lives of people in Indian small towns.