Global Governments Have Their Eye on Artificial Intelligence
Citizen service expectations driving AI acceptance in Public Sector
Governments are drowning in data. Enterprise applications, the Internet of Things, social media, and digital citizen services are generating vast quantities of data – and the rate of growth is faster than ever before. The problem is selecting the relevant information, deriving meaningful insights from it, and using those insights to guide decision-making.
Globally, artificial intelligence is receiving recognition for its ability to support government initiatives, including cost reduction and program efficiency. In a recent executive order, “Accelerating America’s Leadership in Artificial Intelligence”, the United States government directed federal agencies to determine how AI can be used to advance their missions.
The order states, “Emerging technologies are driving the creation of the Industries of the Future, and none more so than artificial intelligence (AI). AI technologies are transforming nearly every area of [citizens’] lives, from transportation to healthcare to education to security. Even now at the earliest stages of commercializing these technologies, [citizens] have seen the power and potential of AI.”
Dean Lacheca, research director at Gartner, says government CIOs need to quickly determine the role of AI, especially as it pertains to citizen services.
“Citizens have a growing expectation of being able to access government services via conversational applications,” says Lacheca. “However, most government services, particularly those that involve care or case management, will require human involvement for the foreseeable future.”
Gartner believes that by 2020, 25% of customer service and support operations will integrate virtual customer assistant technology across engagement channels.
But the influence of AI in government is only scratching the surface. With AI effectively and efficiently reinventing processes and interactions in the private sector, it’s time for departments to rethink what is possible and reimagine new ways to be even more mission-focused and citizen-centric.
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With terabytes, petabytes – and soon, exabytes – of data from smart cities, citizen service transactions, or internal operational processes, public sector enterprises have massive opportunities to gain intelligence about nearly anything they want to track.
However, one hurdle in that equation is that there is too much data and much of it is not important. Deciding upon relevant information from the vast amounts of non-relevant or unstructured data and assembling these points into meaningful patterns to guide decision-makers is a large task, even for the most powerful business intelligence and analytics software. Another limiting factor is that the software can not act on its own; dozens of program experts or IT support may be required to set it up, and then spend weeks or months sifting through its findings.
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In today’s environment of budgetary pressures, information transparency, and rising demand on public services, advances in technology have made artificial intelligence a viable and innovative way to address the challenges facing the Public Sector. The sooner that government organizations embrace artificial intelligence, the sooner they will become more cost efficient and increase citizen satisfaction.
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