Penn State and Governor Shapiro announce partnership on AI governance and strategy


By Staff Writer 

On Friday, October 20, Governor Josh Shapiro announced his Administration’s plans to partner with Penn State’s Center for Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Industry (AIMI) to leverage the University’s faculty and research expertise for the generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) Governing Board and create opportunities for advisory support and collaboration on generative AI usage to empower the state workforce.

“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,” said Governor Shapiro. “I signed an Executive Order to govern the use of generative artificial intelligence and take advantage of the opportunities these new technologies present to ensure our Commonwealth approaches gen AI responsibly and ethically. Penn State is already a national leader in thinking about and deploying AI, and partnering with another flagship university will help the Commonwealth use AI to improve the way we serve Pennsylvanians ethically and responsibly.”

“This partnership directly reflects Penn State’s commitment to serving Pennsylvania as our Commonwealth’s land-grant University,” said Penn State University President Neeli Bendapudi. “We look forward to working with Governor Shapiro and his Administration to help these emerging technological breakthroughs meet the needs of Pennsylvania and the world for the shared benefit of our communities, our Commonwealth, and our global society.”

“Penn State’s strengths in the development of artificial intelligence and in the broad application of AI to help people in myriad ways reflect our mission as Pennsylvania’s land-grant institution. At Penn State, we are literally thousands of people who believe in a future in which AI drives innovation, solves complex problems, and empowers our communities,” said David Hunter, director of the AI Hub. “We look forward to working with the Shapiro administration to help pave the way for a world where AI is a force for good.”

The Penn State AI Hub, formed in 2021, was designed to provide a nexus around which all the wide-reaching research, education and application activities across all Penn State campuses related to artificial intelligence can coalesce. By promoting resources and talent throughout the University, the hub looks to advance fundamental innovations in AI, using AI and machine learning to solve the hardest challenges and to spread applications of AI and ML in unforeseen areas.

Read the full press release here.


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