Scholars of ethics and philosophy must evolve to decide boundaries of AI – Ambassador Navdeep Singh Suri

Rashmi Talwar

Amritsar April 28, 2023 -” Who will decide the boundaries of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the near future, and who will decide what will be good or bad? Not only technological experts alone can decide, but scholars of ethics and philosophy must be involved”, said Ambassador Navdeep Singh Suri, former diplomat, Govt. of India.

           Suri, was here to deliver his special lecture during the main event of G20 ‘University Connect: Engaging Young Minds’ Lecture Series. The Guru Nanak Dev University hosted this G20 ‘University Connect under Vice Chancellor  Prof. Dr. Jaspal Singh Sandhu,  in association with the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, and Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), a New Delhi–based autonomous policy research institute to create awareness among the youth about India’s Presidency of G20.

Prof. (Dr.) Gulshan Sachdeva, Centre for European Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi delivered his lecture on the Indian Presidency of G-20.  A large number of students and faculty participated in the interactive session held after this event.

           in continuation of his address,  Suri stated that human intelligence is dominated by AI knowledge which is a matter of great concern and needs introspection by experts from all over. Giving an example of the relationship of India with Arabic countries, he said “Economical and political growth of any country depends upon its relations with other countries. Migrants of a country also affect the relationship with the native country. Be conscious, he said,  we all should be aware of what is happening in the world around us.

            Prof. Sachdeva on the occasion said that the G20 initially focused largely on broad macroeconomic issues, but it has since expanded its agenda to inter-alia including trade, sustainable development, health, agriculture, energy, environment, climate change, and anti-corruption. He said that while taking over the G20 presidency, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted that our “priorities will be shaped in consultation with not just our G20 partners, but also our fellow travelers in the Global South”. In addition, he argued that  “we shall present India’s experiences, learnings, and models as possible templates for others, particularly the developing world”.

            “We know that a large part of the agenda is always inherited but there is always a possibility to expand or diversify the agenda by the host country. At various places, Indian policymakers have been saying that during its presidency India must become the voice of the Global South. They assert that India’s G20 priorities will be shaped not just by consultations with G20 partners but also by the members of the Global South.

            Prof. Preet Mohinder Singh Bedi, Dean Student Welfare, presented mementos on this occasion.



Rashmi Talwar