Feb 15, 2024 - News

🦾 Healey launches AI task force

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Gov. Maura Healey signed an executive order Wednesday launching a task force on AI implementation in Massachusetts.

Why it matters: AI has the potential to transform the state's largest industries, higher education, state operations — or could upend those sectors, if Massachusetts falls behind.

Driving the news: The Healey administration tapped nearly two dozen business leaders, college administrators and local government officials to join the strategic task force.

  • Leading the task force are four co-chairs, including Economic Development Secretary Yvonne Hao and Technology Services and Security Secretary Jason Snyder.
  • The task force includes tech veterans like C10 Labs co-founder Patricia Geli, Duckbill founder Meghan Joyce and and Jeffrey Leiden, executive chairman of Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

The big picture: The Healey administration not only wants to understand AI's influence, but also turn Massachusetts into an applied AI hub.

Keep reading: The quest to make Mass. an applied AI hub

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