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Emerging Tech

Potentially transformative technologies that haven't yet reached broad adoption in government. Includes coverage of artificial intelligence (AI), augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR), blockchain, chatbots, drones, voice assistants, etc.

Using large language models, and with some adult supervision, the chatbot would coach young people on how to identify and respond to messages from online predators.
The Hawaiian Electric Co. has begun installing high-resolution video cameras with artificial intelligence technology, to spot ignitions early in areas near its equipment that have elevated fire risk.
A workshop on July 26-27 for students as well as the general public will feature presentations, panel discussions, group activities and lectures by scientists on the materials and devices behind brain-inspired computing.
After two fires at battery energy storage facilities in less than a year, staff for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors will create standards for future projects in unincorporated areas. The issue could go to a vote as soon as August.
Plus, Waymo reports 50,000 weekly driverless taxi rides in three major cities, research finds investments in renewable energy are paying off and parrots, it turns out, like to FaceTime their friends.
The state’s Artificial Intelligence Strategy details how agencies will leverage the technology for predictive analysis, to improve resident services and drive workforce development. Ethics and security are part of the plan.
The Elk Grove Police Department plans to add three aerial drones to assist in the line of duty, a trend that many law enforcement agencies have recently adopted to contribute to service.
Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee announced the group’s membership, and that he would host its inaugural gathering, on Friday. Members will assess the risks and opportunities in artificial intelligence.
The New Orleans-based nonprofit MakeGood is now creating customized assistive technology that is intended to help people with disabilities solve the problems they encounter in daily life.
Experts say crypto ATMs have become a vehicle for international criminal enterprises, and that millions of dollars’ worth of fraud is carried out using the machines in the U.S. alone.