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‘Always a delight’: PM talks AI, agriculture, health with Gates

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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates on Thursday to discuss a wide range of topics aimed at making the world a better place and empowering millions globally.

Gates took to X (previously known as Twitter) and shared insights into the fruitful discussion and said, “It is always inspiring to meet with @narendramodi, and there was a lot to discuss.

We talked about AI for public good; DPI; women-led development; innovation in agriculture, health, and climate adaptation; and how we can take lessons from India to the world.”

Responding to Gates, PM Modi expressed his enthusiasm after the meeting, and said, “A wonderful meeting indeed! Always a delight to discuss sectors which will make our planet better and empower millions of people across the globe.”

The discussions touched upon various critical aspects, including leveraging artificial intelligence for the public good, promoting digital public infrastructure (DPI), fostering women-led development, and driving innovation in key sectors such as agriculture, health, and climate adaptation.

Gates, who during his visit to India, engaged with several diverse groups and feels that Indian innovation is at a higher level.

He also visited the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi where he addressed students and encouraged them to leverage the technology for social good and asserted that the AI advances will give them opportunities as well as force them to think through the new systems.

“I am looking at India in a far broader way. I am lucky enough, through the work of the foundation, to look at innovators who can help with all kinds of problems — starting with health, but also agriculture, gender, and climate.

We need fantastic Indian innovation,” Gates said during his keynote address on “Innovation for Public Good”.

“The need for innovation to deal with many different challenges is greater than ever. You are all lucky to be here and have gotten an incredible education. The complexity of how we take technology and shape it, you will get an opportunity to play a big role there,” he said.

(With inputs from agencies)

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