Deployment of AI technologies must be guided by a robust framework

26 March 2024

Interest in artificial intelligence (AI) has exploded due to tools such as ChatGPT driving a global debate on regulation and how to balance risks and opportunities. In local government a similar debate is taking place and the ambition set out in the Government’s national AI strategy cannot be achieved without our sector.

Earlier this month, I chaired the Local Government Association’s (LGA) debate on the role of AI, bringing together councils, academia, industry and central government. Our panel painted a picture of cautious optimism, tempered by a clear recognition of the challenges ahead. We heard how one council is pioneering the use of AI – from drones for infrastructure inspections to inclusive tools for those with learning difficulties – demonstrating its potential to enhance public services and a reminder of the groundwork necessary for these technologies to be adopted widely and responsibly.

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