VA Director of AI discusses why the Time for AI in Federal Agencies is Now

“With development and adoption of AI increasing over the past year, Federal and private sector experts say the time for Federal agencies to invest in the technology – and to develop the deep knowledge to explain to the public how it works – is right now.”

“Those are some of the main takeaways from MeriTalk’s IT in Depth episode on MeriTV, AI Impact: A Conversation on Federal Progress, featuring Gil Alterovitz, director of AI at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and Kurt Steege, chief technology officer at ThunderCat Technology. The episode explores lessons learned thus far in the AI space and what’s next for AI in Federal agencies.”

Early and Often

“’Thinking about [AI] as soon as possible and now is really the best,’ Alterovitz said. ‘You really want to look at all the different cases and leverage all the work that’s been done in order to have a mature product, but it’s not possible until you really start. So, you really want to start with the use cases, build that fundamental infrastructure, and if you can, leverage what’s already been done.’”

“Collaboration will be crucial for AI success, according to Alterovitz – both within the Federal government and the private sector.”

“’Are there other offices within your agency or are there other agencies that have already worked in this area? There could be room for collaboration,’ he said. ‘And then, of course, turn to industry and academia that’s really been at the forefront of some of the technologies.’”

“Like Alterovitz, Steege advised Federal agencies to get into AI now if they haven’t already. ‘Start along the path now. Build something. Go after it. Start small,’ he said…” Read the full article here.

Source: The Time for AI in Federal Agencies is Now: A MeriTV Discussion — April 28, 2021. MeriTalk.

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