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Indian state Tamil Nadu to create state policy on AI, blockchain tech; Approval expected to arrive in 10 days

Tamil Nadu, India’s 10th largest state, will be creating a state-wide policy that would oversee the application of blockchain and AI in various sectors including the e-service delivery system.

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Fri, 01 Nov 2019, 03:51 am UTC

As blockchain technology disrupts more areas both in the private sector and government agencies, countries have been looking to adopt the emerging innovation in an attempt to modernize the current system. The latest development on this concerns Tamil Nadu, the 10th largest state in India.

In a recent report published by The Times of India, Tamil Nadu is looking to create a state-level policy that would govern blockchain technology and artificial intelligence. Santosh Misra, CEO of the state’s e-Governance Agency, expressed the significance of the policy, highlighting the need for regulation, especially on AI application.

“We are working on separate policies on blockchain and AI. The AI policy is going to be perhaps the world’s first policy addressing safe and ethical use of AI [...] No state or country has announced a standalone policy to address the safety and ethics associated with AI, and we have no precedence for it,” Misra said.

Blockchain to improve state’s e-service delivery system

Officials involved in the endeavor are waiting for approval from higher authorities, which is expected to drop in eight to 10 days. This initiative stems from the state’s desire to leverage both technologies and apply it to sectors that would greatly benefit from the advantages of the innovation.

For instance, blockchain would be used to improve the e-service delivery system for citizens. As blockchain technology provides a secure, transparent, and immutable ledger, tracking the provenance of the product is as easy as monitoring the supply chain in real-time.

More blockchain initiatives by Tamil Nadu

The Indian state of Kerala has already explored this possibility last year when it used blockchain to track down the movement of fish and milk. From its point of origin all the way to the last link of the supply chain, people will be able to track the delivery of products and identify parts in the supply chain that may need improvement.

Meanwhile, AI has been recently used in Tamil Nadu for the attendance system of two corporate schools. The experiment yielded positive results and it’s been confirmed that the system will be applied across the state as it’s been found that it can save almost 45 minutes of school hours.

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