By Chiranjib Bhattacharyya
The author is a Professor at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. firstname.lastname@example.org. The article should be cited as Bhattacharyya C., 2019. AI-The Future Enabler for Mining, Geography and You, 19(22): 28-33
From exploring potential areas of high volume mineral reserves to deploying autonomous vehicles for extracting them, AI shows great promise in revolutionising mining in the near future. This feature discusses illustrative applications of technologies developed in the broad area of AI in the industry.
India is home to abundant natural mineral resource and is one of the top ten producers of several minerals (Fig. 1). With a contribution of 1.53 per cent of gross domestic product in 2017-18, mining is an important sector for the Indian economy (Dash, 2019). There is growing realisation that the mining industry can significantly bolster growth in India over the next decade as it will directly impact a wide-array of industries including automobile, cement, etc., impacting crucial infrastructure needs,...