PA Governor Teams Up with PSU: Harnessing the Power of Generative AI for Statewide Impact

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PENNSYLVANIA — In a move to embrace the power of generative Artificial Intelligence (AI), Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro has announced a partnership with Pennsylvania State University’s (PSU) Center for Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Industry (AIMI). The collaboration aims to leverage PSU’s faculty and research expertise to enhance generative AI usage and governance across the Commonwealth’s agencies.

The Shapiro Administration envisions generative AI as a tool to boost employee productivity and customer service. Earlier this month, Governor Shapiro signed an Executive Order to establish standards and governance for generative AI use by Commonwealth agencies and employees. The Administration is also collaborating with AI experts from private industry and higher education institutions, including Carnegie Mellon University’s Block Center for Technology and Society.

Governor Shapiro stated, “As government leaders, we need to lean into innovation and adapt to the changing tech environment in a responsible way while we educate ourselves and work proactively to minimize the risks and maximize the benefits of new technologies.”

PSU’s AIMI is a leading academic institution specializing in generative AI research. This partnership will connect the AI Governing Board with PSU’s expertise, gaining insights and suggestions on the development, procurement, and deployment of generative AI technologies. PSU faculty experts will advise the Board on the responsible, efficient, and ethical use of generative AI across the Commonwealth.

Pennsylvania State University President Neeli Bendapudi expressed excitement over the partnership, stating it aligns with Penn State’s commitment to serving Pennsylvania as the Commonwealth’s land-grant University.

Shortly after signing the Executive Order, the Office of Administration (OA) launched a new website and IT policy on generative AI to guide and support Commonwealth employees. The OA will also create training materials on generative AI usage and develop generative AI knowledge certifications for employees.

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Secretary of Administration Neil Weaver reaffirmed the Administration’s commitment to the core values and employee-first approach to generative AI outlined in the Governor’s Executive Order.

The generative AI Governing Board, comprised of senior Administration officials, will guide the development, procurement, and deployment of generative AI in the Commonwealth. Governor Shapiro has also directed Commonwealth agencies to prepare for the impact of generative AI on government operations, public safety, and consumer protection.

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