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Open source traffic management

The Louisville Metro Government has taken lessons learned from a Waze partnership and built an open source tool that other local governments can use to spot traffic problems.

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Building ethics into AI

With artificial intelligence steadily making its way into government systems, now is the time to address the ethical issues, AI experts say.

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4 ways AI can make the public safer

From improving emergency response time, to tracking epidemics and money laundering, artificial intelligence can play an increasingly vital role in keeping the public safe.

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High-tech lie detection

From mouse-movement trackers to language-analysis algorithms, lie-detection technology is taking advantage of all the Information Age has to offer.

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Can politics be predicted?

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity wants a program that takes the guesswork out of forecasting worldwide geopolitical issues.

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How we’re using Darwin’s theory of evolution to build robots that can adapt and learn on their own

Artificial evolution can generate simulated robots that are adapted to their environments, perform simple tasks and quickly adapt to damage during a mission.

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Man + machine makes for most accurate facial recognition

In a study to determine whether algorithms or people are better at facial recognition, researchers determined that using both a professional identifier and an advanced algorithm produces the most accurate identifications.

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How data and analytics can help mitigate the opioid epidemic

Data, linking and analytics can help officials examine the underlying issues behind the criminal element spearheading the opioid crisis, as well as the reasons why so many have fallen victim to it.

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Holding algorithms accountable

A new report offers some measures for ensuring that algorithms behave as expected and that operators can identify and rectify harmful outcomes.

An analytics engine for personalized emergency response

The synthetic information platform organizes large-scale interacting datasets so policymakers can predict how people will respond in a disaster.

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NYC Transit is building a fleet of chatbots

The city's Metropolitan Transit Authority is creating chatbots that will allow agency employees to ask natural language questions to get answers from information in its databases.

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Harnessing machine learning for baggage scans

The Transportation Security Administration wants its automated scanners to "intuitively recognize" new objects that come through airports in luggage.

Topic Resources

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    As government agencies modernize data centers, there are many options for complying with mandates, streamlining operations, and reducing costs. Cutting-edge technologies, such as Flash, paired with cloud operations, adds speed and efficiency. Modernizing data center management also can accelerate workload processing, optimize data analytics, and increase security.

  • With Help From GSA, Agencies Get IT Fit

    The universe of IT tools developed to help government agencies achieve their missions is rapidly expanding. So, too, the means for acquiring them. GSA has moved to streamline acquisition of IT tools and services that combat cyberhackers, migrate operations to the cloud and use professional-services providers, to name a few.

  • Enabling the Data-Driven Economy in the Cognitive Era

    Government leaders have to consider and weigh many variables as they undertake the mission to improve the lives of citizens. They are continually challenged to improve program outcomes, optimize service delivery, and strengthen security, safety and resilience. They face these challenges knowing they have to build capabilities to identify hidden patterns, apply insight with speed and build knowledge that will better enable them to enhance and protect the economic vitality of the citizens and communities they serve.

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    Welcome to the age of cognitive computing, where intelligent machines simulate human brain capabilities to help solve society’s most vexing problems. Early adopters in government and other industries are already realizing significant value from this innovative technology, and its potential to transform government is enormous. Currently, cognitive systems are helping government organizations navigate complexity in operational environments and foster improved engagement with constituents. Our research indicates that government leaders are poised to embrace this groundbreaking technology and invest in cognitive capabilities to improve outcomes for government organizations across mission areas.

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