Inside a big ol’ room in the Fort Worth Convention Center, there’s this dude named Joseph Harris. He’s a tech support analyst for the city of Fort Worth, and he’s just kickin’ it at a table, brainstorming a bunch of tasks. Now, he’s gotta figure out which ones he wants to handle himself and which ones he wants to throw at ChatGPT, this fancy generative AI.
So, here’s what Joseph wants to keep: human resources and dealing with the public. Makes sense, right? Gotta have that personal touch when it comes to those things. But when it comes to writing code and making lists and all that jazz, he’s like, “Nah, ChatGPT can handle that for me.”
Now, Joseph ain’t the only one thinkin’ ’bout this stuff. There’s about 90 other folks from cities across the state at this summit called the Alliance for Innovation. They’re all gettin’ together to talk ’bout how the government can use AI like ChatGPT and Google Bard.
See, ever since ChatGPT came onto the scene back in November 2022, people have been goin’ nuts for AI. Local startups are usin’ it left and right. In fact, in the first quarter of this year, AI startups raised over $1.6 billion in funding. That’s a whole lotta cheddar! But with all this hype comes some concerns: misinformation, job loss, copyright stuff, and plagiarism. People are startin’ to worry ’bout the consequences of generative technology.
But here’s the thing, y’all. The folks in local government are already dabblin’ with this AI. They’re tryin’ to make their jobs more efficient and figure out how to use it ethically. Joseph, for example, uses ChatGPT for things like writin’ procedures and coding. And other people at the summit have used it to write job descriptions and surveys. Sure, Joseph still has to go in and edit the ChatGPT responses, but overall, it’s been a real help. He’s even sayin’ it’s gonna increase productivity like a thousandfold one day. That’s some next-level stuff!
At the summit, everyone got a book called “1,001 Prompts for Unlocking Generative AI in Local Government.” Sounds fancy, right? They also got a little packet of tips for usin’ the technology. You can do all sorts of cool things with it, like writin’ emails, press releases, job descriptions, ordinances, and reports. It’s like havin’ your own personal AI assistant.
Now, there’s this dude named Michael Sherrod. He’s an entrepreneur in residence at Texas Christian University. And he’s predictin’ a “tsunami of innovation” thanks to generative AI tools. But he’s also warnin’ that there’s gonna be a lot of confusion and misinformation out there. You gotta use your critical thinkin’ skills and question everything you see on social media and news feeds. Who’s behind it? What’s the agenda? Is it even real?
Michael’s tellin’ all the city employees and officials to keep an eye on how AI is bein’ used. Gotta make sure it’s bein’ used responsibly, ya know? And that’s where this dude Carlo Capua comes in. He’s the chief of strategy and innovation at the City of Fort Worth. He’s workin’ on some guidelines for AI and generative AI. Gonna lay out what it is and what city employees should and shouldn’t use it for. Carlo’s already used ChatGPT for things like job descriptions and gettin’ rid of duplicate emails. He’s all about explorin’ this AI stuff slowly and responsibly.
So, the future is lookin’ mighty fine, my friends. AI is takin’ over, but in a good way. It’s gonna make our lives easier and more efficient. Just gotta be smart about it, ya know? Keep that critical thinkin’ cap on at all times.
And that’s the scoop, folks. Stay tuned for more exciting AI adventures!