Commitment to US Government-Industry Partnership to Strengthen AI Innovation

When it comes to artificial intelligence and the federal government, the range of influential deployments seems to be limited only by human imagination. The Pentagon’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, for example, has successfully tested disaster response tools using AI. Analyze bird’s-eye view images from aircraft and satellites to identify flooded areas and assess damage..

Summarized in a recent report from Accenture, this development demonstrates AI’s commitment to significantly improve the efficiency and effectiveness of federal agencies. Other practical examples of the report include the use of technology to determine if the Coast Guard needs to inspect vessels for suspected smuggling via satellite imagery, and AI medical claims by the Social Security Administration. Includes evaluation of documents to support.

AI is about solving problems. Apply predictive analytics to mission-related information and objectives to help users achieve optimal results for future initiatives. Monitor and capture data about increasingly complex system and software / application components 24/7 to detect anomalies and identify root causes of problems leading to performance interruptions and system degradation. In addition, it automates the effective response to these issues, allowing the team to focus on doing their best. That is, developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy to maximize the mission of government agencies. (Note that we use the phrase “release the team” here and don’t delete the team … AI is about strengthening human capabilities, not replacing teams.)

Government leaders are clearly interested in this technology, according to an Accenture report. This is because 91% of institutions are somehow piloting or adopting AI, compared to only 73% of all organizations around the world. In fact, AI can potentially increase almost half of the tasks of the average federal worker. However, 72% of federal officials, industry executives, and IT decision makers have shown that the government is not making enough efforts to accelerate the pace of AI adoption, which poses a challenge. When asked what was hindering progress, 56% cited a lack of technical expertise, followed by resource constraints (49%) and ethical / bias concerns (48%).

Subsequent fallout is not just about the institution failing to meet its performance goals. Final report of the National Security Commission on artificial intelligence In March, the United States will paint a very dark and awkward picture of the future, far behind its enemies. According to the report, “America is not ready to defend or compete in the AI ​​era.” “This is a harsh reality we have to face … I’m afraid that AI tools will be the first step in future conflicts … States, criminals and terrorists launch AI-powered cyber attacks and AI Combine software with off-the-shelf drones to create smart weapons.’It’s well known that American military rivals are integrating AI concepts and platforms to challenge the US’s decades of technological dominance. Without ubiquitous AI capabilities and a new combat paradigm, we wouldn’t be able to protect ourselves from AI-enabled threats. “

It’s an uneasy reality. But that’s what we can work on today. And when I refer to “us,” I mean all of us, as prompted by the Commission report. “The US government cannot do this alone,” he said. “We need a dedicated partner in industry, academia and civil society.”

From an industry perspective, we must take this as a patriotic obligation. After all, we’re not strictly in the tech business to make money. We do what we do to make a difference: have a positive and lasting impact on our larger society.

This includes government. If the enemy interferes with the communication between the aircraft carrier and the drone, the mission is compromised. If a system outage interrupts the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, the mission is at risk. Our industry is working with federal leaders as a dedicated partner to direct our expertise and skill sets to maximize the overall potential of AI to solve these problems.

Forming such partnerships will make rapid and significant progress in solving the aforementioned greatest barriers to AI innovation and deployment. Our multi-sectoral knowledge, work ethic, and passion for continuous discovery instantly bridges the gap in technology expertise while providing agencies with what they need. External resources in the form of available funds, talents and tools. People in our industry are a diverse collection of backgrounds and perspectives, which also helps us address ethical and prejudiced concerns. Because of this diversity, a “single mindset” does not drive AI progress.

Ultimately, we can work as partners with agencies, so agencies aren’t always catching up, but are always at least a few steps ahead of state enemies, criminals, and terrorists in terms of AI. .. As a result, we can make our country and the world a safer and better place.

Willie Hicks is Chief Technology Officer of Dynatrace Federal. Commitment to US Government-Industry Partnership to Strengthen AI Innovation

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