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Lawmakers aim to pioneer AI research as state budget talks continue

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In the midst of critical state budget negotiations, New York lawmakers are set to address the establishment of an “Empire AI Consortium,” a groundbreaking initiative spearheaded by Governor Kathy Hochul.

This consortium aims to position the state at the forefront of artificial intelligence (AI) research, leveraging a collaboration between eight leading universities and nearly $400 million in combined private and public funding. As discussions continue, there’s an emphasis on expanding New York’s AI capabilities not only through academia but also by involving the nonprofit sector, which could offer more agile research solutions to immediate and future AI challenges.

Concerns over the ethical implications and transparency of AI investments loom large in these discussions, with proposals suggesting the formation of a planning council to oversee the responsible development and application of AI technologies. This council would focus on ethical research practices, data protection, and workforce development amidst the rapid evolution of AI.

Additionally, the state is considering measures to combat misinformation, particularly in the context of election security, highlighting the broader societal impacts of advancing AI technology. As New York navigates these complex issues, the outcome could significantly influence both the state’s technological landscape and its economic future.

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