Artificial Intelligence, for most people, is a tech that powers chatbots or image recognition at best– basically, a software that tells images of cats from dogs. Others view it as a serious threat to their regular day jobs. Regardless of its impact on their lives, people view AI as a technology with tremendous future potential.

While the future of AI elicits awe and fear, its impact on the present remains largely unacknowledged. From shortlisting resumes to spreading propaganda, AI is working harder on us than most of us know. …

It’s been a couple of years since we have been hearing of Indian Railways planning to adopt AI. Most of the talk is centred around use of facial recognition to nab people with criminal antecedents.

Notably, the more obvious and immediate problems that AI can solve for the railways have been conspicuously missing from discussion.

However, the government seems to be enthusiastic about the prospect AI offers. …

“AI doesn’t have to be evil to destroy humanity — if AI has a goal and humanity just happens to come in the way, it will destroy humanity as a matter of course without even thinking about it, no hard feelings.” — Elon Musk.

Explainable AI: The Panacea for all AI woes?
Explainable AI: The Panacea for all AI woes?

That’s Musk brand of theatrics for you served with a generous helping of ominous hyperbole and vagueness; albeit intelligent-sounding.

For starters, AI isn’t a fire-spitting dragon that will destroy everything that comes in its way. …

If there’s a government enterprise that is torchbearer of modernization it is the Indian Railways (IR). One may easily come up with arguments to counter this statement. However, I have reasons to say what I am saying.

For the past three decades I have witnessed incremental changes that made rail journeys a little more convenient and comfortable every time I undertook one. Be it the interior of coaches or management of platforms or train schedules, IR has come a long way.

Source: https://www.dnaindia.com/business/report-first-trial-run-of-indian-railways-train-18-tomorrow-here-s-why-it-s-special-2686344

The biggest change and most visible evidence of modernization is the IRCTC website. Gone are the days, when one…

Hrishabh Sanghvi

Co-Founder at Railofy (an AI-powered TravelTech startup)

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