How far along we are depends a bit on who you ask and how you define it. But AI is either already here or bearing down on us fast, and it's lobbing big blobs of change our way. Now, we could run for cover. Or more sensibly, we can figure how to harness its potential.
Government is grappling with its relationship with artificial intelligence, especially generative AI. Both from a policy-setting angle, as well as what constitutes appropriate and effective usage by government. Let's not wait in Georgia for AI to happen to us. Let's guide how it happens, and how it promotes the needs of Georgians we serve.
We have a golden opportunity coming up to grab the reins, together, and map an informed, strategic approach to AI in Georgia government. GTA is pleased to partner with e.Republic and Government Technology media to present the Georgia Emerging Technology Summit: AI, December 12, at the W Atlanta Downtown hotel. We need business and IT leaders across state and local government to be at the table for this critical discussion. I hope you'll be one of those participants.
You can expect some "wow" moments -- examples of aspirational applications of AI that feel nearly like science fiction. Those can inspire new vision of what's possible. But we'll also highlight what's accessible and achievable today with AI by showcasing real use cases in government. Use cases from your peers that could serve as models for how your agency capitalizes on AI.
It won't stop with thought-provoking examples. We and our e.Republic partners are assembling experts from the industry, from the private sector and from government for a truly multi-dimensional discussion. AI considerations to be explored include:
- Ethics and accountability
- Data management and security
- AI workforce development
- Citizen engagement and education
- AI procurement and vendor relations
Registration for this full-day session is open via the link above. There's no fee to attend for Georgia public-sector employees. And don't think of this as an IT conference. Sure, some of the talk may turn a bit technical. Largely though, this is geared toward all of us who are interested in better serving our constituents.
Yes, it comes in a busy final month of the year. But this summit is an opportunity we shouldn't miss. You can tell I'm excited about it. I'm excited by the prospects of AI to improve government operations and services. I'm excited by the chance to collaborate with you and your organizations to ensure AI delivers all the benefits it can to Georgia. Exciting times. See you December 12.
State Chief Information Officer
GTA Executive Director