Interactive Session on How Artificial Intelligence Will Push Business Further 24th September 2018

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Interactive Session on How Artificial Intelligence Will Push Business Further– 24 September 2018

AMCHAM’s Eastern Region organized an interactive session on ‘How Artificial Intelligence Will Push Business Further’ at the Hyatt Regency, Kolkata on September 24th, 2018. The panelists included Professor Sudeshna Sarkar, Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and Centre of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence, IIT Khargapur, Mr. Arnab Basu, Partner, PwC, leading the Technology Consulting Practice for PwC in India and part of PwC Global Technology Leadership team, and Ms. Namrata Dubashi, Partner McKinsey & Company, who leads the Eastern Region operations. Mr. Debdas Sen, Chairman – Eastern Region, AMCHAM and CEO, TCG Digital Solutions, moderated the session. Ms. Amada Kidwai, Regional Director – Eastern Region, AMCHAM, made introductions, Mr. Surajit Banerjee, a former Chairman and Eastern Region Executive Committee member gave welcome remarks and Ms. Birgit Holms, Eastern Region Executive Committee member gave concluding remarks.

The panellists briefly covered the history of artificial intelligence, a term which was coined as early as 1956, and spoke about AI’s popularity thanks to increased data volumes, advanced algorithms and improvements in computing power and storage. They spoke about early work which paved the way for automation and formal reasoning that we see in computers today, including decision support systems and smart search systems that can be designed to complement and augment human abilities.

As one of the most popular technologies, AI has a growing impact on companies of all sizes. They spoke about the influence and applications of artificial intelligence in healthcare, mobility, and financial services. They spoke about companies advancing this technology into products used on a daily basis. Just in its nascent stage, AI is yet to showcase its most exceptional applications in the product and service industry. They touched upon how AI has recolonized the healthcare industry and is one of the most promising technologies in the sector. They touched upon AI in mobility mentioning that Uber has already invested in assisted driving and is currently testing autonomous cars, which is an exceptional side of AI.

They discussed how AI is growing, and service-sector companies, as well as their industrial counterparts, will move to integrate this technology into their mechanisms. The future for companies working with AI assistance is going to be a bright one. While some felt that AI would affect how humans reacted to making quick and difficult decisions which would, in turn, diminish their gut feeling in the decision-making process, the general consensus was that AI is not here to replace us, as it augments our abilities and makes us better at what we do. Because AI algorithms learn differently than humans, they look at things differently. They can see relationships and patterns that escape us. This human/AI partnership offers many opportunities. It can bring analytics to industries and domains where it is currently underutilized. It also means that humans have to keep upscaling their skills. As one panelist said, there would not be any end to learning!

 

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Interactive Session on U.S. Visas 21st September 2018

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Interactive Session on U.S. Visas – 21st September 2018

On September 21st, 2018, AMCHAM members were briefed by the U.S. Consular section of the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi on U.S. visas. The speakers from the Embassy were Mr. George H. Hogeman, Consul General and Ms. Maribel Vasquez Molina, Vice Consul. The session was well attended by members and a number of visa-related issues were clarified with participants.

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By joining AMCHAM India, you become part of an active and dynamic American business association with a membership base of more than 400 American companies in India. AMCHAM is an important voice for policy advocacy, a critical source for business intelligence, a vibrant platform for networking and expanding your business.

Infrastructure and Smart Cities Committee Meeting 21st September 2018

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Infrastructure and Smart Cities Committee Meeting – 21 September 2018

AMCHAM members from the Infrastructure and Smart Cities Committee met on 21st Sep, 2018 at UTC office in Gurgaon. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Arun Kumar Jain, Chairman – Infrastructure and Smart Cities Committee, AMCHAM and MD, Fluor Daniel India and Mr. Samit Ray, Co-Chairman – Infrastructure and Smart Cities Committee, AMCHAM and Director Government Affairs, UTC. The discussion focused towards enhancing the committee’s outreach in infrastructure programs, based on members feedback. Infrastructure would provide more opportunities for members and hence should be concentrated upon.

 The Infrastructure Committee would constitute expert groups to drive projects in following areas:

• Smart Cities
• Airports
• Roads and Highways
• Railways
• Metro
• Ports

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By joining AMCHAM India, you become part of an active and dynamic American business association with a membership base of more than 400 American companies in India. AMCHAM is an important voice for policy advocacy, a critical source for business intelligence, a vibrant platform for networking and expanding your business.

Agriculture & Food Processing Committee Meeting 20th September 2018

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Agriculture & Food Processing Committee Meeting – 20th September 2018

On 20th September 2018, AMCHAM met with Mr. Pankaj Mahajan, Cargill from the Agriculture & Food Processing Committee to discuss the roadmap of the committee. The megatrends in food and food system transformations to meet evolving consumer needs were discussed. The committee plans to take up certain sector-specific issues to bring in a sustainable environment for trade and manufacturing.

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By joining AMCHAM India, you become part of an active and dynamic American business association with a membership base of more than 400 American companies in India. AMCHAM is an important voice for policy advocacy, a critical source for business intelligence, a vibrant platform for networking and expanding your business.

Eastern Region Executive Committee Meeting 14th September 2018

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Eastern Region Executive Committee Meeting – 14th September 2018

Mr. Debdas Sen, Chairman – Eastern Region, AMCHAM hosted the Eastern Region Executive Committee meeting at the TCG Digital office on September 14th. He updated members on his meeting with Dr. Mitra, MIC in Charge of Finance and Commerce and Industry held in August 2018 on the upcoming BGBS 2019. He also updated members on his meeting with Ms. Vandana Yadav, IAS Managing Director, WBIDC. Mr. Sen mentioned that he would work on getting a business delegation to the BGBS event in 2019. He also discussed the forthcoming meeting and the interactive session on ‘How Artificial Intelligence Will Push Business Further’ was finalized.

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By joining AMCHAM India, you become part of an active and dynamic American business association with a membership base of more than 400 American companies in India. AMCHAM is an important voice for policy advocacy, a critical source for business intelligence, a vibrant platform for networking and expanding your business.

Meeting with Ms. Vandana Yadav, Managing Director, West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC) 13th September 2018

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Meeting with Ms. Vandana Yadav, Managing Director, West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC) – 13th September 2018

On September 13th, Mr. Debdas Sen, Chairman – Eastern Region, AMCHAM, and Ms. Amada Kidwai, Regional Director – Eastern Region, AMCHAM, met with Ms. Vandana Yadav, IAS, Managing Director, WBIDC. Ms. Yadav briefed Mr. Sen and Ms. Kidwai on the upcoming Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) 2019.

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By joining AMCHAM India, you become part of an active and dynamic American business association with a membership base of more than 400 American companies in India. AMCHAM is an important voice for policy advocacy, a critical source for business intelligence, a vibrant platform for networking and expanding your business.