How Government AI Adoption Will Drive Responsible Innovation

Generative AI has evolved to where its value can't be ignored by federal agencies. Government adoption of AI stands poised to catalyze responsible innovation.

Chris Briggs, SVP Identity, Mitek

June 24, 2024

3 Min Read
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In today's swiftly evolving landscape, AI has transcended its once-fictional status, now serving as the engine of innovation across a myriad of sectors that shape everyday society. AI’s rapid evolution has compelled even traditionally skeptical federal agencies to recognize its undeniable value. This shift was particularly evident when the Department of Homeland Security recently announced plans to integrate generative AI throughout the agency, signalling a pivotal opportunity to close the gap between innovation and effective regulation. Ultimately, government adoption of AI stands poised to catalyze responsible innovation, ensuring that advancements are not only cutting-edge but also adhere to the best interests of society. 

A Regulatory Game of Cat and Mouse 

According to a recent Pew Research survey, the majority of Americans are familiar with AI to some extent and support regulation and oversight of emerging AI technologies; however, governments have been slow to catch up to such demand. Current regulatory frameworks often struggle to keep pace with the rapid evolution of technology due to their static nature and lengthy bureaucratic processes. Additionally, the complexity and interdisciplinary nature of AI poses significant challenges for regulators who may lack the technical expertise or resources to effectively assess and address potential risks. 

Despite these shortcomings, the need for comprehensive regulations to address safety, fairness, and innovation concerns persists now more than ever. This generation operates in both the physical and digital worlds. To avoid chaos, we must find a balance and empower people to stay safe and secure in the digital space.  

AI for Positive Impact: Outlining Next Steps 

To harness the potential of AI for positive impact, regulators can establish robust guidelines and foster accountability among developers and users. The next pivotal phase involves advancing explainable AI with a focus on amplifying transparency. This empowers individuals with a deeper understanding of and control over AI-driven decisions. 

In practical terms, when AI influences decisions that impact individuals -- such as assessing loan or mortgage eligibility based on financial data and credit scores -- transparency in the decision-making process is critical. Government leaders must underscore the principles of transparency, fairness, and ethical AI use. This dedication will cultivate public trust in AI technologies, bolstering confidence in their role in shaping our society. 

We're already witnessing the realization of this vision through initiatives like the EU AI Act, heralded as the world's inaugural comprehensive AI legislation. Within the EU Parliament, the primary focus is on ensuring that AI systems deployed within the region prioritize safety, transparency, traceability, non-discrimination, and environmental sustainability.  

As society continues to navigate the intricate terrain of technological innovation, it's clear that we stand at a transformative crossroads. The integration of AI into governmental operations and the collective push for responsible innovation mark a shift in how we approach technology's role in society.  

Looking ahead, the path to effective AI regulation will require a concerted effort to harness the potential of AI for positive impact while prioritizing accountability and transparency. By leveraging initiatives like the EU AI Act as a model for action and prioritizing explainable AI as a cornerstone value for innovation, we can pave the way for a future where AI technologies enhance our lives while preserving fundamental ethics. 

About the Author(s)

Chris Briggs

SVP Identity, Mitek

As Senior Vice President of Identity, Chris Briggs leads Mitek’s Identity business, as well as the company’s product strategy and development, R&D, go-to-market, and engineering teams.  

Chris joined Mitek in 2022 and has been instrumental in driving product innovation and partnerships. Chris brings more than 25 years of experience deploying mission-critical products for global technology services, data and analytics firms such as Equifax, Experian and Howard Systems International. Chris’ passion is protecting consumers and helping companies provide safeguards for sensitive data in an ever-evolving world. 

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