Emerging Tech

Machine learning too expensive for state archives – for now

The Oregon State Archives will pivot from machine learning to advanced analytics for streamlining management of several terabytes of new data.

Innovation thrives when governments embrace next-gen public-private partnerships

By rethinking how sectors collaborate and encouraging long-term institutional relationships, communities can get the most out of technology projects, one expert said.

How blockchain can improve digital evidence collection and collaboration

Blockchain offers an immutable chain of custody that guarantees data integrity, prevents fraud and provides a transparent, auditable system of record for digital assets related to investigations.

Creating responsible AI presents 'major technical challenges,' NIST official says

Experts discussed the regulations needed for fast-developing AI software, with NIST’s Elham Tabassi emphasizing the need for proper data and measurement strategies for different systems.

Criminal justice algorithms still discriminate

Algorithms built upon messy, subjective and discriminatory data can replicate or even amplify bias that disproportionately harms marginalized communities.

VR trains responders for mass casualty events

Conducting a disaster response training program can be costly and time-consuming, but a virtual reality simulation can train multiple employees at once and provide performance assessments.

Quantum ‘ecosystems’ can flourish with government partners

States looking to nurture the technology should work with academia, startups and industry to build quantum research clusters and a trained workforce, a recent report said.

NASA tests autonomous aircraft decision tech in Arizona cities

The agency is aiming to help air vehicles respond to anomalies—such as weather changes—faster, as the vehicles are used to provide essential services.

DHS tests show facial recognition tech has varied results, but gaining ground

Although some systems were able to meet performance thresholds for all demographic groups, others did show differentials because of issues with obtaining quality photos of people with varying skin tones.

A survey of over 17,000 people indicates only half of us are willing to trust AI at work

Employees are more comfortable with artificial intelligence for task automation compared with monitoring, performance management and human resources purposes, the survey finds.

What are the pros and cons of digital workers?

Organizations should consider the costs—and ethics—of implementing an artificial intelligence-enabled workforce.

Inclusive innovation spurs equity, self-sufficiency

As local governments test out the latest technologies, they are ensuring vulnerable populations are not left behind.

We pitted ChatGPT against tools for detecting AI-written text, and the results are troubling

The race between tools that generate artificial intelligence-enabled text and the tools to detect nonhuman writing has no clear winner.

Earthquake data powered by next-gen supercomputers

A collaboration among national labs aims to provide an open-access website with datasets on how ground motion affects infrastructure during earthquakes.

State comptroller: New York City agencies are using AI without guardrails

An audit by state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli found that New York City lacks “an effective AI governance framework.”

How does ChatGPT differ from human intelligence?

Humans and computer intelligence harbor many similarities in how they process information, researchers say, but machines still have limitations.

VR map tracks ‘silent killer’ of extreme heat

A 3-D map of Washington, D.C., overlaid with temperature data illustrates urban heat islands and shows neighborhoods that are most at risk.