This year's CognitionX festival presented a packed lineup of all things AI & blockchain. The breakthroughs in AI for public engagement, health tech and education are particular exciting from a CivTech perspective. Of course it was also great to meet Sophia! As governments and related organisations make use of the new technologies, they also need … Continue reading Cog X: How does AI impact the job market and what does this mean for CivTech?
When it comes to GovTech and CivTech innovations, a great deal can be learnt from US examples. Recently the state of Louisiana enlisted the machine learning and data processing services of Splunk Enterprise to consolidate IT departments across 20 executive branches. The move saved the government $70 million as well as improving efficiencies and citizen … Continue reading When Civ Tech saves the government millions
The starting point for many conversations around AI is based on the fear felt by many over the future of jobs. There is substance to this, in my view, but there are certainly only a fraction of jobs, if any, that will not be affected by AI in the relatively short term. This has happened … Continue reading AI for Government is Like AI Everywhere Else
CivTech breakthroughs are bringing the people back into the centre of democracy. New technologies are encouraging people who are usually disengaged in politics to partake in democracy. Such changes can serve to make politics more transparent and so encourage engagement from the disappointed, disillusioned and apathetic. A business on the leading edge of the CivTech revolution is Represent. Represent exist to … Continue reading A Revolution in Democracy
How Big Data and Artificial Intelligence impact Democracy and open a door for Civ Tech In Scientific American, a group of academics recently asked: "Will Democracy Survive Big Data and Artificial Intelligence?" The piece told us, "in 2016 we produced as much data as in the entire history of humankind through 2015." This is important progress. In the age … Continue reading Big Data and Civ Tech – Mutually Compatible?
The General Election and Civ Tech This morning, on 18th April 2017, Theresa May called a snap General Election. Citing a need for greater stability and certainty, May expressed concern over political "game playing." So will this election provide certainty, stability and strong leadership for the businesses focused on improving government in the UK? It's hard to say. … Continue reading What does the 8th June General Election mean for Civ Tech?
A new movement has arrived: Civ Tech. Civ Tech is a relatively recent term encompassing businesses seeking to positively disrupt government through technology.