Artificial Intelligence: Where Do County Governments’ Investment Priorities Lie?

Analytics is the top bet. by News Staff / July 20, 2017 Center for Digital Government, Digital Counties 2017 survey When it comes to artificial intelligence (AI), the top investment priority for county governments is data analytics. That’s the finding from the 2017 Digital Counties survey from the Center for Digital Government*, which is now beginning to explore AI and how government plans to use it. Counties participating in the survey ranked various uses for AI, and together their priorities were: Analytics Infrastructure inspections Benefits eligibility Automated traffic control Robot controls/robots All of those areas represent technology currently available today, though some applications are more mature than others. When it comes to AI analytics, for example, some people are using machine learning to crunch traffic data and get a clearer picture of infrastructure needs, while others are using the tech to keep up with cybersecurity trends and detect malicious activity faster. Infrastructure inspection technology is likely to use AI for object and pattern recognition in photos and videos: A drone with a camera could fly out to take photos of bridges, for example, and then software could examine the pictures to find cracks in the concrete. Or AI could watch…

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