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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.

From electrified pavement that can charge vehicles and delivery robots that collect data to flying taxis, transportation experts sound off on what we can expect highways and byways to look like in 2050.
A machine learning tool designed to predict where crime might occur across eight major U.S. cities is also helping to highlight areas that are not receiving adequate police protection — often poorer neighborhoods.
From the future of transit to research still in the lab to space-based technology, our July/August magazine looks at emerging tech gaining ground and what it could mean for state and local government.
The system, known as FUSUS, integrates a range of city-owned and civilian video sources into a central, cloud database. The feeds can be accessed by officers on their in-unit computers and via an app on their smartphones.
The smartphone-based congestion-pricing technology being tested in Bogota, Colombia, is showing promise. Some major U.S. cities are also looking at solutions to better manage their own crowded roadways.
We asked state chief information officers where they stand on blockchain, chatbots, AI and robotics to find out what new technologies have the potential to be more than just buzzwords.
From satellite Internet to ground-station-as-a-service, space tech is a big — and increasingly well-funded — deal that's poised to have a big impact on state and local government.
The latest and greatest technologies often start as projects in university laboratories across the country. Here are a handful of innovations in the works that could transform gov tech in the coming years.
Plus AAA tests the safety of vehicle drive-assist features, ed tech firm Masterschool raises $100 million and a new cyberthreat, "smishing," is on the rise.
While a handful of higher ed institutions are now accepting cryptocurrencies for tuition payments, the trend has yet to take off at most universities for reasons such as environmental impacts and market volatility.