Suzette Kent, federal chief information officer and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, said that inculcating fear over automation making human jobs obsolete is ânot the best path forwardâ for artificial intelligence efforts, Federal News Network reported Thursday.
Kent said at a recent Bipartisan Policy Center event that while automation would result in reskilling initiatives for some government employees, it would also bring benefits such as fewer repetitive tasks.
âWe know for a fact that we are creating more jobs in the data space, in the computational space,â she said. âWe have more gaps than we can forecast that we think weâll be able to fill.â
Kent’s comments come as Reps. Will Hurd, R-Texas, andÂ Robin Kelly, D-Ill., work to establish a national AI strategy to ensure U.S. leadership in AI research.Â The strategy is slated for release in May 2020.
âWe have to dramatically increase the resources devoted to research and development,â said Hurd, a fellow 2019 Wash100 Award winner. âThe government should set an example in leading the way and adopting AI. This is going to save taxpayer dollars, but also make the government more efficient.â