AI could draft bills, assist law enforcement, Microsoft rep tells Alabama AI Task Force – Alabama Daily News

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The inaugural meeting of the Alabama AI Task Force this week saw Dustin Bailey, client director with Microsoft, share with its members the potential ways the state could utilize artificial intelligence, which he said could include everything from assisting law enforcement to helping lawmakers draft bills.

Created by Gov. Kay Ivey in February, the task force is to produce a report that will include recommendations as to how best improve government efficiency with AI, particularly generative AI, an advanced subset of AI that can generate content often indistinguishable from human-generated content.

“I’ll be honest, when I was sworn in in 2017, artificial intelligence was not on the agenda; in fact, even last year, I might not have guessed we’d be talking about AI today, but it’s important that we do,” said Gov. Kay Ivey at the onset of the inaugural meeting, held at the State Capitol.

“New technologies can have benefits, but if not used responsibly, they could be very dangerous. We’re going to ensure that AI is used properly.”

Alabama Information Technology Secretary Daniel Urguhart, the chair of the task force, kicked off the meeting by introducing Bailey, who he said, along with Microsoft, would help to provide valuable input for the task force’s report.

“The reason we’re here today to support this task force is to bring all of these key learnings of what we have ascertained over many years to the state of Alabama,” Bailey said. “GenAI, a subset of artificial intelligence, offers incredible potential, but it does require responsibility. The potential is enormous.”

Dustin Bailey, Microsoft U.S. Public Sector Strategic Alliances Client Director, speaks during an April 4 meeting of the Alabama AI Task Force.

Bailey then went on to list several potential uses for GenAI that could be utilized by state entities. One use, he said, could be to help lawmakers with developing and analyzing legislation, something already underway among some lawmakers in Washington, D.C.

Another potential use for GenAI, Bailey said, could be to develop “personalized and interactive learning experiences,” something he said could be useful in streamlining the training of health care workers, which are in high-demand not only in Alabama, but across the country.

Creating “evidence-based decision systems for first responders and law enforcement” was another potential use for GenAI Bailey noted, as well as the more general suggestion that GenAI could help streamline any and all administrative tasks for state employees.

In 2023, Microsoft invested $27 billion toward AI research and development, and recently announced an additional $100 billion investment toward further research. The lessons and knowledge learned from the company’s significant investments in AI, Bailey later told Alabama Daily News, would be what he and his team would contribute to the task force’s mission.

The task force’s report will be due on Ivey’s desk by Nov. 30. By May 1, however, the task force will be required to produce a list of state agencies that currently use GenAI technology, the list of which will be further analyzed for effectiveness and safety in the task force’s final report.

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