The future of warfare is, no doubt, migrating to the digital platform, and it has been evident thanks to the increasing frequency of hacking attacks, DDoS attacks, espionage, surveillance, and similar tools. Governments and national authorities are also becoming aware of this development.

Such is the case of the Defense Minister of India, Rajnath Singh. The high-ranked official seems to believe that the blockchain technology, as well as big data and artificial intelligence (AI), will be crucial elements of warfare.

Perfectly Applicable Resources to Defense-Related Operations

The piece of news was reported by the Times of India, one of the nation’s most trusted publications, in the last few hours. Singh thinks very highly of the blockchain and AI as resources that can be perfectly applied to defense-related operations.

Singh’s remarks were directed to delegates from 80 nations in the Indian city of Delhi, and the impression is that he is under no illusion about his country’s plans to keep innovating as the industry continues to unfold and evolve.

He said that “the role of AI, big data and blockchain technologies has already revolutionized the existing paradigm of warfighting. The defense industry is undergoing a churning to cope and employ these technologies, in order to safeguard the safety and security of critical infrastructure.”

Making Changes to Keep up with the Information Age

The influential Asian country will have its yearly defense conference in the month of February. It is called DefExpo, and the blockchain technology and artificial intelligence will surely come up a lot in interventions.

“As we all are aware, the character of warfare is changing and therefore, in this information age, the challenge is not just to prepare for contingencies but also to repel threats from multiple sources, and at the same time possess the ability to respond proactively if needed,” he also said.

It is widely known that blockchain is the technology behind cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin. Also, crypto assets are growing in prominence, usage, and overall importance worldwide. However, India is among the nations taking a different stance between both concepts: they are definitely pro-blockchain, but the case is not the same with crypto.

Blockchain’s Future in India Seems Brighter than Crypto’s

The prohibition to provide liquidity to crypto exchanges has slowly, but surely evolved to morph into a legal proceeding that could eventually ban cryptocurrencies altogether. It is safe to say that Indian authorities are not pro-crypto.

Several issues have already popped up thanks to the existing ban. For instance, police authorities are not able to move crypto funds that have been seized as part of their job because the legal instruments in the country ban the action.

Meanwhile, the blockchain technology clearly receives a wildly different treatment by authorities. It is already making its way into several aspects of the Indian economy and society as a whole, as evidenced by last week news that the country was working on developing updates to policies for blockchain and AI.

By Andres Chavez


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