The AI revolution in federal agencies has begun,
Federal agencies are ramping up their use of artificial intelligence significantly, according to a US Government Accountability Office (GAO) audit. The report noted that there were 228 different AI use cases in operation, with over 500 more in planning and approximately another 500 in research or exploration phases. These numbers are likely conservative, considering the rapid advancement in AI since the report compiled its data for Fiscal Year 2022.
Agencies are employing AI for diverse purposes to enhance their agency’s mission — from analyzing surveillance data for border activities to interpreting drone images to detecting cybersecurity threats and processing large data sets. Notably, NASA and the Department of Commerce are leading in AI integration, with applications ranging from global volcano monitoring to wildlife tracking.
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This swift adoption underscores AI’s transformative potential in government functions. However, it also brings to light the many challenges in policy and regulation. As governments around the world are grappling with how to regulate and ensure that AI is implemented responsibly, innovation isn’t slowing down to wait. The absence of a government-wide standard for AI procurement raises a number of concerns ranging from national security threats to algorithmic biases. Elastic® looks forward to continuing our work with policymakers to help ensure responsible AI use.
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