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Ivey creates task force to promote responsible use of artificial intelligence

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey announced the creation a task force to recommend policies and promote responsible use of of Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI) in state government and executive branch agencies.

“The state of Alabama is a pioneer in the development and use of advanced technologies, from manufacturing nanotechnology to empowering mankind to walk on the moon. In that innovative spirit, GenAI represents a monumental step forward in the potential for our state government to serve the public,” Ivey said.

“However, its capabilities must first be studied carefully to ensure it is implemented in the most responsible and efficient manner possible. To accomplish this important goal, I am pleased to sign this executive order creating a task force to both investigate the current uses of GenAI in state executive-branch agencies and to recommend policies to responsibly harness its full potential to best benefit Alabamians.”

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The task force includes seven cabinet members, two representatives from Alabama higher education, and four legislators (two state senators and two state representatives).

The members of the task force include:

Cabinet

Secretary Daniel Urquhart, OIT, Chair
Secretary Hal Taylor, ALEA
Commissioner Stephanie Azar, Alabama Medicaid Agency
Director Stacia Robinson, Office of Minority Affairs
Director Bill Poole, Department of Finance
Secretary Fitzgerald Washington, Department of Labor
Commissioner Vernon Barnett, Department of Revenue

Legislators

Senator Sam Givhan
Senator Bobby Singleton
Representative Mike Shaw
Representative Kelvin Lawrence

Higher Education

Dr. Matthew Hudnall, University of Alabama
Dr. Hari Harayanan, Auburn University

A report on findings by the task force on current GenAI use in executive branch agencies as well as their risks and recommendations for how to proceed is due to the governor by November 30, 2024.

Michael Brauner is a Senior Sports Analyst and Contributing Writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @MBraunerWNSP

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