Artificial Intelligence and the future of government


About the project

The Centre for Public Impact is investigating the way in which artificial intelligence (AI) will change outcomes for citizens. We are interested in how the emerging tools can reshape the way in which governments reach existing decisions as well how it can reshape government itself.


Work so far

We think AI will reshape government in two ways. Firstly, it will change the speed, reliability and quality of existing government outcomes. Secondly, it will allow us to rethink the way in which government itself is structured. As the landscape rapidly changes around it, government needs to think about these issues now or it risks missing out on the significant benefits this technology offers.

There are, of course, significant risks for governments to mitigate when implementing these tools. How will the quality of the outcomes be verified? How can we be sure that the data used to fuel the outcomes is valid? How can the government ensure the security of the tools and their underlying datasets? And what can we do to control these tools?



Destination unknown: Exploring the impact of Artificial Intelligence on Government Working Paper

We have recently released a working paper, intended to help government officials navigate this unfamiliar terrain. We address four capabilities of AI that can be deployed to improve both the outcomes governments seek to achieve and the way in which they make policy: predictive analysis, detection, computer vision and natural language processing.

Read the report


Get involved

If you are working in government and interested in how AI applies to your practice, please get in touch with us at Alternatively, if you are an AI practitioner who thinks your tools can have an application in government, please get in contact. 

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