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Ivey creates task force to promote responsible use of artificial intelligence

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

“Alabama is a pioneer in the development and use of advanced technologies, from nanotechnology manufacturing to walking on the moon. In that innovative spirit, GenAI is a monument to the potential state government has to serve its people. “It represents a monumental step forward,” Ivey said.

“However, to ensure that it is implemented in the most responsible and efficient manner possible, that functionality must first be carefully considered. To accomplish this important goal, I am implementing this Executive Order. to investigate the current use of GenAI in state government agencies and recommend policies that responsibly maximize the potential of GenAI for the greatest benefit to Alabamians. I am pleased to be able to create this special committee.”

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The task force includes seven cabinet members, two representatives from Alabama's higher education institutions, and four members of Congress (two state senators and two state representatives).

The members of the special committee are:


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

Member of Parliament

Senator Sam Givan
senator bobby singleton
Congressman Mike Shaw
MP Kelvin Lawrence

higher education

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

A report by the Task Force on the current use of GenAI in executive branch agencies, its risks and recommendations on how to proceed, is expected to be submitted 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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