Ahmed Raza Chuhdary CEO, Thear | Member, Welson Group 08 February 2023, 01:12 PM
Exploring the Future of AI in Pakistan: Challenges and Opportunities
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a rapidly growing field that has the potential to revolutionize many aspects of society. Pakistan, like many other countries around the world, is beginning to invest in AI as a means to improve its economy and social development. In this blog post, we will explore the current state of AI in Pakistan and its potential for the future.
The State of AI in Pakistan
Pakistan is a country with a young and rapidly growing population, which has made it a potential target for investment in AI. In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in the development of AI in Pakistan, with a number of start-ups and incubators emerging in the country.
One of the key areas where AI is being applied in Pakistan is in the field of agriculture. Pakistan is an agricultural country, and there is a growing interest in using AI to improve crop yields, reduce waste, and increase efficiency in the sector. For example, a company called Cowlar is using AI to help dairy farmers monitor the health of their cows and optimize milk production.
Another area where AI is being used in Pakistan is in healthcare. The country has a large population and a limited number of healthcare professionals, making it difficult to provide adequate healthcare services to everyone. AI has the potential to help bridge this gap by providing automated diagnostic tools and improving the efficiency of healthcare systems.
The Pakistani government has also recognized the importance of AI and has taken steps to promote its development. In 2018, the government announced a national AI strategy, which includes plans to establish an AI research center and to provide training to professionals in the field.
Challenges for AI Development in Pakistan
Despite the potential benefits of AI, there are also challenges that need to be addressed for its development in Pakistan. One of the biggest challenges is the lack of infrastructure and funding for AI research and development. Many start-ups and researchers struggle to secure funding and access to resources, which can limit their ability to innovate.
Another challenge is the lack of trained professionals in the field of AI. While there are some universities in Pakistan that offer degrees in computer science and related fields, there is still a shortage of skilled professionals who can work in the field of AI. This shortage can limit the growth of AI in Pakistan and prevent the country from fully realizing its potential in the field.
Pakistan has made some progress in the development of AI, but there is still a long way to go. The country has the potential to become a leader in the field, but this will require significant investment and support from the government and private sector. Addressing the challenges of infrastructure, funding, and training will be critical for the growth of AI in Pakistan, but if these challenges can be overcome, the country has the potential to achieve great things in this field.