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Artificial intelligence can bridge rich-poor divide: Fadnavis

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

today said will create more jobs and help in bridging the gap between the rich and the poor.

The technology could also help in facilitating the reach of to remote areas, he said.

was speaking at a panel discussion on Governance and with of in

Dismissing the fear of losing jobs due to artificial intelligence, he said, "On the contrary, it will create even more jobs and not just that, it will repair and solve many problems. has the power to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor."

said that due to the information asymmetry in between the rich and the poor, he proposes to use for access to basic services.

"can be provided in remote villages using like retinal photography and its transmission via internet to centrally located doctors," he said.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is an area of computer science that emphasises the creation of intelligent machines that work and react like humans.

The also spoke about the death of several farmers in the state's Yavatmal district last year while spraying pesticides in their fields.

Start-ups were now showing a way out by using drones and artificial intelligence for the purpose, he said.

The also spoke about the use of technology in service delivery and to bring sustainability in the era of climate change.

"Technology is like a horse, one has to take control of it and ride it. Once you start riding it, it will be at your service," he said, while elaborating the government's role as a facilitator in the use of technology.

The government also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Fonds de recherche du Qubec - Nature et Technologies, to form an international working group on agriculture for crop disease eradication, use of artificial intelligence for and soil management.

Fonds de recherche du - Nature et Technologies is a nature and group under the and a combination of various universities.

Fadnavis also attended a Business Council (CIBC) reception hosted by its at

Along with the potential and growth story of in all sectors, Fadnavis spoke on how a 'third Mumbai' is in the offing with the new urban agglomeration between Mumbai and

The chief minister also spoke about the first smart industrial corridor and AURIC smart city.

Aurangabad Industrial City (AURIC) is a greenfield smart industrial city being developed across nearly 7,900 acres as part of Shendra Bidkin Industrial Area. It is collectively a part of the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC).

"and Maharashtra are progressing and expanding with more opportunities. It is time to once again think to invest with the same in Maharashtra," Fadnavis said, appealing Indian investors from to visit, invest and explore the state.

Maharashtra will become a trillion dollar economy by 2029 but the government intends to achieve it by 2025 as Prime Minister envisages to make India a 5 trillion dollar economy, and the state has the biggest role to play in this process, Fadnavis said.

He was replying while being interviewed by Perrin Beatty, the president and CEO, Canadian Chamber of Commerce, on 'leading the global growth in an era of competitive federalism'.

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First Published: Tue, June 12 2018. 16:00 IST