Navigating the AI maze in government agencies

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In the rapidly evolving landscape of artificial intelligence (AI), the U.S. federal and state governments find themselves at a pivotal juncture. 

The FCC recently announced an investigation of robocalls created by Generative AI after a deepfake message emulating President Biden urged voters in New Hampshire to skip voting in last month’s primary. At the same time, members of Congress held a hearing on the use of Generative AI in the legislative branch. 

And the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has unveiled a detailed report, showcasing the extensive utilization of AI across various non-military federal agencies. This document reveals more than 200 current applications and over 500 planned initiatives, marking a significant leap in the government’s engagement with AI technologies. 

When it comes to AI, the U.S. federal and state governments are at a pivotal juncture. (Josep Lago/AFP via Getty Images)

From enhancing national security to advancing scientific research, AI’s potential is being tapped in myriad ways. Yet, the burgeoning use of such a potent tool raises critical questions about its governance, ethical use, and the strategic alignment of technology with public service objectives. 

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