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Austin City Council champions ethical guidelines for AI technology emergence.

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  • Austin City Council passed a resolution for ethical guidelines related to the use of AI.
  • The resolution aims to ensure transparent and ethical use of AI in city processes.

As artificial intelligence technologies continue to advance, Austin City Council has taken a proactive step by passing a resolution instructing the city to create transparent and ethical guidelines and procedures related to the use of AI. The resolution is in response to concerns about the potential harm and bias that AI technologies can have, such as in cases of facial recognition technology. The goal is to ensure that AI is integrated into city processes in a responsible and ethical manner while protecting the privacy and rights of Austin residents.

City councilmember Vanessa Fuentes emphasized the importance of adopting AI in a way that prioritizes transparency and safeguards for city employees and residents. As Austin continues to be a hub for data science and technology innovation, it is crucial for the city to lead in developing ethical guidelines for the use of AI. By staying ahead of the curve and proactively addressing the ethical implications of AI, Austin aims to protect its residents and ensure the responsible use of technology in the future.


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