by Steve Bennett
Private businesses already use AI
to find efficiencies in their own business
and improve the return-on-investment
of products and projects.
I didn't realize it at the time, but in the climactic scene, the large supercomputer 'WOPR' operated by the Defense Department, showed artificial intelligence capabilities.
By playing tic-tac-toe against itself, it learned a lesson that prevented global thermonuclear war. In many ways, Hollywood has warped what many think of when they first hear the term artificial intelligence, or AI.
My thoughts used to go to movies like "The Terminator" or "The Matrix" where sentient machines develop the ability to think for themselves and try to overthrow humankind.
While this makes for an
exciting movie plot, AI has much more tangible - and less
threatening - benefits, particularly for government.
AI can serve as part of that track.
government collects more and more data, the need for
solutions to drive true value from that data grows in importance.
AI, in conjunction with big data and analytics, can deliver that
baseline value and go beyond traditional solutions to find deeper
For example, the United Arab Emirates was the first nation to appoint a senior cabinet official solely focused on AI empowerment and oversight within the government, appointing a Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence in October 2017.
Canada was the first nation to release a national AI strategy.
And China has released
a 3-year plan to be a leader… if
not the leader… in AI.
In short, it's a technology that makes it possible for machines to learn from experience, adjust to new inputs and perform specific human tasks, such as pattern recognition, finding anomalies in data, image and video analytics, and more.
Specific to analytics, AI can help analytics programs in government find connections and trends in the data that human analysts might miss due to scale, complexity, or other factors... and it can do it at a much faster speed.
AI can find context in data, gaining insight from previous discoveries to create better outcomes in the future.
From an analytics perspective, AI tends to focus in these areas:
Ultimately, this is all
based on the idea that systems can learn from data and
identify patterns to make decisions with minimal human intervention.
These insights can be used in almost every aspect of government from improving operations and management to determining the value of programs and finding underserved segments of the population that need additional assistance.
AI is already widely used in every sector of the economy.
Private businesses use these solutions to find efficiencies in their own business and improve the return-on-investment of products and projects.
Government agencies on all levels have begun to utilize it as well, using AI in a vast array of applications, including:
The Federal Data Strategy is incredibly important.
Its goal is to build a
strategy that will transform how the government operates and
understands the importance of these technologies, and with the
Federal Data Strategy, agencies will find themselves on the right