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Automating vital (but boring) back-office operations

NASA Shared Services Center has automated the creation of personnel cases in its human resources system for new hires and position transfers.

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A deep dive into solving autonomous navigation challenges

The three-hulled, 132-foot-long Sea Hunter can operate on its own to find enemy submarines or mines, using algorithms to help it see other sea traffic and follow the rules of maritime navigation.

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Teaching drones to organize themselves

Teams from the Army, Navy and Air Force are testing software that will eventually enable drones to autonomously coordinate attacks and respond to challenges by opposing swarms of enemy aircraft.

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Government embraces next-gen citizen services with chatbots

Agencies are using chatbots to field citizen question, facilitate complex tasks and increase engagement.

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Georgia rolls out Alexa skill for government services

Part of the state's multichannel digital strategy, Ask GeorgiaGov lets residents get answers about popular state services.

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L.A. drives automated vehicle deployment with pre-qualified vendor pool

The prequalified vendors will help the city keep pace with rapid developments in technology.

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IRS explores AI applications

The IRS is experimenting with chatbots and virtual assistants to make it easier for taxpayers to get answers to their questions.

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Why innovation has never been easier

Governments are experimenting with personal digital assistants, chatbots and virtual reality, but innovation can also come from integrating data and existing services in new ways.

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GSA opens platform for blockchain, AI info sharing

GSA’s Emerging Citizen Technology program has launched an online atlas to serve as a one-stop resource for its blockchain and artificial intelligence projects.

Can blockchain bring interoperability to healthcare?

CDC eyes blockchain for exchanging health data during disasters

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is experimenting with the distributed ledger technology to monitor the spread of infectious diseases in crisis situations.

CyPhy Works drone (CyPhy Works)

A drone that can stay aloft all week

CyPhy Works' tethered drone can hover 400 feet above the ground for extended surveillance, disaster response and other missions.

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Vets prep for careers with virtual job interviews

The Virtual Training Agent for Veterans, or VITA4VETS, helps vets prepare for job interviews by building their professional conversation skills and reducing anxiety.