Published on December 12, 2023, 1:27 pm

The Future of State, Local, and Higher ED IT: A Guide to Generative Artificial Intelligence

In response to the increasing demand for helpful uses of generative artificial intelligence (AI) from state governments, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) has released a guide on drafting AI “roadmaps.” This three-page document aims to assist policymakers in navigating the complex landscape of AI implementation.

According to NASCIO, a generative AI roadmap will prove to be an indispensable tool for each state in the coming months and years. The guide provides 12 recommendations for states looking to enhance their governance and utilization of this rapidly evolving technology. These suggestions range from aligning generative AI with strategic plans to implementing effective communication strategies.

Creating an AI roadmap not only facilitates the seamless adoption of AI but also enhances efficiency within state governments. The benefits include gaining stakeholder and executive buy-in for AI initiatives, adaptability as technology advances, efficient resource allocation and cost savings, risk management, and improved service delivery.

One significant roadblock for states in adopting AI has been legacy infrastructure. Outdated systems often hinder progress, making it necessary to assess the state’s existing technology infrastructure before embracing generative AI fully.

The guide also includes valuable resources outside of its recommendations. It provides links to generative AI policies from early adopter states such as Kansas, New Jersey, South Dakota, Utah, and Washington. Additionally, it offers access to important resources like AI policies from the White House and cybersecurity organizations such as the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Moreover, it compiles links to governors’ executive orders on generative AI from states like New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Excitingly, NASCIO hints at upcoming news — this year’s annual list of top priorities for state technology chiefs will feature artificial intelligence for the first time. The organization plans to publish this document later this month.

State governments are recognizing the potential of generative AI and are keen to leverage its benefits. By following NASCIO’s guide, policymakers can create effective roadmaps that address governance, infrastructure, and cybersecurity concerns while harnessing the power of AI for the betterment of their states. As technology continues to evolve, these roadmaps will serve as essential tools in shaping the future of state, local, and higher education IT.

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