Bias is a concern

Of the roundtable’s 12 attendees, 11 held more traditional information technology roles, like chief information officer. One, however, had been hired explicitly to develop frameworks and schemas for how artificial intelligence can responsibly be integrated into government operations.

“With AI, there are so many opportunities for bias. What I’m looking at is how do we build a structure for AI to function effectively and fairly in government operations,” the official said.

Other leaders said they were also considering the potential influence of bias in AI. 

“Before we dive in, we’re looking for that example of how it’s working effectively [and fairly],” one CIO said. “With all of the conversations we’re having at a nationwide scale right now, bias in AI is a big concern.”

Colin Wood

Written by Colin Wood

Colin Wood is the editor in chief of StateScoop and EdScoop. He's reported on government information technology policy for more than a decade, on topics including cybersecurity, IT governance and public safety.

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