This blog is a repost from American City & County.

Late last year the White House issued an Executive Order (EO) on the Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence. On page 52 of the 66-page document, the EO called for each federal agency to establish a permanent chief artificial intelligence (AI) officer. The EO specifies the primary responsibility, in coordination with other responsible officials, for coordinating their agency’s use of AI, promoting AI innovation in their agency, managing risks from their agency’s use of AI, and promoting the use of trustworthy artificial intelligence in the federal government. While this has no direct bearing on state and local government, it does serve as a blueprint for AI governance. What makes this position so remarkable is the fact that AI was hardly on anyone’s radar some five years ago. Prior to the EO, a few states had already assigned senior level people to manage and coordinate AI initiatives—and local governments were not far behind. Given the history of federal initiatives, what happens at the federal government often gets adopted by state and local governments in some form or fashion.

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