Call for tangible measures to counter AI & Hybrid Warfare challenges
Federal Science and Technology launches COPAIR’s ‘Center of Artificial Intelligence’
ISLAMABAD: The National Conference titled AI implications in National Security and Hybrid Warfare has called upon the concerned quarters to make tangible measures to counter the emerging challenges sprouting from the technological advancements; the artificial intelligence and hybrid warfare.
The Conference organized by the Center of Pakistan and International Relations (COPAIR), a strategic think tank working on diplomacy and strategic issues, also called upon called upon the government and other concerned departments to devise and adopt independent infrastructure to avoid any mishap from the AI or hybrid fronts. The government must also ensure effective collaboration among all the concerned departments working on the same topic for effective implementation of rules and regulations.
Experts in cybercrime and hybrid warfare gathered under one roof at the national conference and observed that at government level, more and more focus should on research and development as well as on human resource development to prepare the people to counter the AI challenges. Through a mass awareness campaign, people must be sensitized about the inflow of fake information so they must be educated to ensure authentication of information prior to taking it as correct.
Speaking on the occasion, the Guest of Honour Dr Atta ur Rehman said that the government had allocated a huge sum of Rs 32 billion for artificial intelligence (AI) and the government is going to establish AI centers in different cities of the country with the worth of Rs 152 billion. Actually there will be an estimated impact of $ 153 trillion of disruptive technologies by 2025 in the world.
“Therefore, we need to focus on knowledge based economy because the world value the hi-tech products more than conventional export items: this is why, Singapore a population of 5.5 million has exports worth over $300 billion per annum” he added saying that we must invest in education sector especially science and technology to make Pakistan a world leader in this field.
Director General at Center of Information Technology Ammar Jaffri said that AI was new form of cyber warfare with more intensified consequences. Therefore we need to prepare our people and government to counter the cyberattacks. Unfortunately, till to date, we don’t have national cyber security policy; therefore, the government must focus on the formulation of a comprehensive policy in this regard.
Earlier, Federal Minister for Science and Technology Chaudhary Fawad Hussain in his Chief Guest address said that during eight months at office, he had increased ministry’s budget by 600% in eight months. We are focusing on bio technology. We will try to bring international hi-tech universities.
Minister said that he had strong wish to open up with the US on financial sector to bring Paypal like organizations to Pakistan to save charges on financial transactions to Pakistan from abroad. We are going to establish state of the art IT parks in Islamabad by August this year. We will lay foundations for science and technology in next three years. We will also move forward a strong framework for next ten years to get closer to our past glory.
Earlier, in her welcome note, President COPAIR Amna Malik highlighted the sensitive nature of topic, saying that whole world was bracing the threats and challenges coming out of the technological advancements. In this context, Pakistan, which has already been prone to hybrid warfare or 5th generation warfare in the form of fake propaganda, needs to make effective countermeasures to avert negative impacts of this issue.
We need to establish a comprehensive national strategy on AI with the establishment a strong headquarters to keep an eye on developments in this field taking place worldwide” she added saying that COPAIR had taken an initiative to sensitize the issue with the concerned quarters.
Speaking in the first session, President Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad Ambassador Khalid Mehmood said that terminologies of hybrid warfare and AI had become very much known to the people nowadays, but they are also generating challenges for the different sectors. The future warfare is going to be changed completely with expanded speed, scale and intensity.
“Therefore, Pakistan must develop a national strategy on hybrid warfare and artificial intelligence. Forbes has predicted that China is going to be world leader in artificial intelligence and Pakistan may benefit from the Chinese expertise in this field” he concluded.
Chairman, Board of Directors, Punjab Mineral Company (PMC), Govt. of Punjab Dr. Samar Mubarakmand shed light on the devastations played by the fake propaganda to Pakistan in the past. In this context, he referred to conditions in East Pakistan which led to the establishment of Bangladesh. He said that without presence of today’s technological advancements, the whole world believed in the wrong propaganda spread by the hostile elements about violence but Mujeeb ur Rehman could not prove the allegations.
Similarly, the US erected the whole Iraq war on the basis of fake propaganda about presence of weapons of mass destruction possessed by Iraq which never could be proved later” he said adding that Pakistan sustained against such a lethal hybrid war solely by dint of its strong and committed army which rooted out insurgency in Wazirstan and other areas.
Lt. General (R) Naeem Khalid Lodhi said that hybrid warfare was meant to destroy the opponent mentally and economically by spreading fake news and information; therefore, we should save our people from the negative impacts of hybrid warfare. He said that nation must be well equipped with required artificial intelligence skills to tackle the emerging situation.
Mukhtar Paras Shah said that AI had also some positive side as it could be applied in the Local Government Systems as well as medical sector for the welfare and benefit of the masses. AI is going to replace the human phenomena so we are in need to invest in research and development.
DG Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr Zain ul Abideen said that in a bid to benefit from the AI phenomena, we need to have fast access to the data. HEC is encouraging the academicians to get connected with the outer world to benefit from the latest research in different fields.
Later, Center of Artificial Intelligence by COPAIR Launched in National Conference on AI by Ch Fawad the Minster Science and Technology, Dr Atta ur Rehman, Chairman Nescom Dr Nabeel and President COPAIR Amna Malik. A cake cutting ceremony was held to mark the launch of center.