I've been commenting for a while that it's very evident we in the U.S. are running far behind other countries in looking at all the aspects of modern technology that we need to in order to integrate that technology into our societal and governmental norms. At the federal level, we are clearly hamstrung by partisan bickering that simply makes impossible having reasonable conversations on larger societal issues. That leaves an opening for state and local governments - but lawmakers and department heads who are 'tech fluent' at that level of government are often blocked by broader constituencies who are fearful and/or extremely cautious.
While caution is definitely warranted (there's much to think about), I generally don't even see conversations going on about tech adoption topics like ethical and equitable treatment of citizens with technology, dramatically changing application of rules and regulations enabled by tech, and much more. This is what we need to address, and my guess is it's only going to start at the state and local government level. Buckle up . . .
“In the United States, we suffer from a tragic lack of foresight,” writes Amy Webb, a futurist and business professor at New York University, in her recent book The Big Nine. “The U.S. government has no grand strategy for AI nor for our longer-term future.”