The administration of New York City Mayor Eric Adams issued a Plan To adopt and regulate artificial intelligence (AI) within local government, along with new integration into city applications.
On October 16, the administration issued a statement to update Saying it is developing a framework through which city agencies can “carefully” evaluate AI tools and their risks. The framework is also designed to help build government employees’ knowledge and skills in AI technologies and improve the quality of life of local residents.
According to the announcement, the plan will include 37 “key actions,” of which 29 are said to be initiated or completed within the next year.
Some of the plan’s goals include a consistent AI governance framework, an AI advisory network, preparing city officials with AI knowledge and skills, and publishing an annual AI progress report.
Mayor Adams commented that while technology provides opportunities for government to “deliver more effectively” to its citizens, it must also be “clear” about its risks.
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The highly anticipated AI framework has been announced, updating its MyCity Business platform to include the first beta of New York City’s first city-wide AI chatbot. This feature will help answer questions related to opening or operating a business.
Maria Torres Springer, the city’s Deputy Mayor for Housing, Economic Development and Workforce, commented on the implementation of the chatbot, calling it an “important milestone” in making government accessible to everyone.
“By creating this simple, easy-to-use tool, we are removing barriers to city resources that have the potential to positively impact small businesses across New York.”
The new chatbot will be able to pull information from more than 2,000 business-related web pages in New York City to be able to provide information about compliance with laws and regulations, available business incentives, and best practices for avoiding violations and fines.
In September, the CIA said it planned to build and deploy its own ChatGPT-style AI bot for use in investigations.
SEC Chairman Gary Gensler also acknowledged that the SEC uses artificial intelligence technologies to monitor the financial sector for signs of fraud and manipulation.
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