County Supervisors OK Subcommittee on Artificial Intelligence

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Article by Elizabeth Ireland  |  Read full article in Times of San Diego

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved the establishment of an Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Artificial Intelligence and Transformative Technologies.

The proposal was spearheaded by Chairwoman Nora Vargas and Supervisor Joel Anderson, and is intended to “harness the power of cutting-edge technologies to enhance county services,” according to a statement from the supervisors.

“It is critical that, as a county, we understand and integrate transformative technologies to ensure we are at the forefront of technological advancements,” Vargas said. “We must leverage innovative solutions to make county operations more efficient, responsive, and inclusive, while also safeguarding the public from potential risks associated with AI and other emerging technologies.

“This subcommittee will address both the opportunities and challenges posed by these technologies while ensuring ethical AI governance and exploring opportunities with new technology,” she said.

Vice Chair Terra Lawson-Remer said that as county leaders look at the promises of AI, it is also important to consider its less-positive impacts on people and workers. As one example, Lawson-Remer cited the way automation changed assembly line work in the 1970s and ’80s.

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