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What does AI think it should be used for by states?

Photo and Data provided by '' GovTech is providing each state with an individualized recommendation for their personal Artificial Intelligence (AI) implementation needs. From their blog post:

"While Government Technology would typically interview industry experts and thought leaders about this topic, we decided to try something different for this piece: We turned to generative AI itself."

Here is what Gemini AI recommended for Idaho, Montana, Washington, and Wyoming.

Idaho: "Implement an AI-powered platform for wildfire risk assessment and resource allocation, in collaboration with the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) and the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) . . .

  • Improve wildfire risk assessment. Analyze historical data, weather patterns, and environmental factors to predict areas with high wildfire risk with greater accuracy.

  • Optimize resource allocation. Identify areas most likely to be affected by wildfires and strategically allocate firefighting resources, including personnel, equipment, and aerial support.

  • Enhance evacuation planning. Provide timely information to residents in at-risk areas, facilitating informed decision-making and facilitating efficient evacuation planning."

Montana: "Implement an AI-powered platform for wildfire risk assessment and mitigation planning, in collaboration with the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) and local communities . . .

  • Improved wildfire risk assessment. Analyze data on weather patterns, vegetation types, historical fire data, and topography to identify areas at high risk of wildfires.

  • Enhanced mitigation planning. Support data-driven planning for fuel reduction efforts, prescribed burns, and emergency response strategies based on predicted wildfire risk zones.

  • Increased public awareness and preparedness. Provide residents with timely and targeted information about wildfire risks, mitigation strategies, and preparedness measures through the platform or integrated communication channels."

Washington: "Implement an AI-powered platform for wildfire risk prediction and prevention, in collaboration with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (WA DNR), fire agencies, and relevant stakeholders . . .

  • Enhanced wildfire risk prediction. Analyze data on weather patterns, vegetation conditions, and historical fire occurrence to identify areas at high risk of wildfires, allowing for targeted prevention strategies.

  • Improved resource allocation and emergency response. Optimize resource allocation for fire prevention, early detection, and response efforts based on predicted risk zones and real-time data analysis.

  • Promoting public awareness and preparedness. Provide the public with real-time information on wildfire risks, evacuation zones, and safety measures, enhancing community preparedness and resilience."

Wyoming: "Implement an AI-powered platform for precision agriculture and environmental monitoring, in collaboration with the Wyoming Department of Agriculture (WDA), the University of Wyoming (UW), and agricultural stakeholders . . .

  • Improved precision agriculture. Analyze data on soil conditions, weather patterns, and crop health to recommend optimal irrigation strategies, fertilizer application rates, and customized planting schedules.

  • Enhanced environmental monitoring. Utilize AI for analyzing data from sensors, satellites, and drones to monitor air and water quality, detect potential threats like wildfires or invasive species outbreaks, and inform proactive environmental management strategies.

  • Promoted resource conservation and sustainability. Analyze data to identify areas for water conservation, optimize land management practices, and support informed decision-making for long-term environmental sustainability.

Every day we are asked the question "How can we use Artificial Intelligence to our benefit?" While this is a loaded question because of the vastness of AI's capabilities, GovTech has gone straight to the source in finding solutions to problems we may have been overlooking. Predicting wildfire risks, enhancing agricultural systems, and improving emergency response efforts are problems we have always been aware of, but we may have missed the cost-saving opportunities that are available.

Artificial Intelligence is a tool and should be used as such. Each day new and revolutionary systems are being developed that will move both the public and private sector leaps and bounds into the future of innovation. Harnessing the power of AI is something that can not only fill the holes of inefficiencies but could provide opportunities for tax saving opportunities.

Auditors and public finance departments are also exploring the possibility of using AI to lower the cost of monitoring and oversight, reduce risks, and streamline administrative processes. One recent report by Route Fifty's Public Finance Update estimated that AI could boost productivity by $519 billion a year across all U.S. governments.

You don't need AI to tell you that's a lot of money that could be returned to taxpayers or reallocated for important services.

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