Technology

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Mayor Adams touts tech solutions at Smart City Expo

Deputy Mayor Maria Torres-Springer also previewed a new RFP process that will give the private sector greater input on government projects.

New York City

Commentary: New York City’s procurement system is not beyond fixing

ContractStat is a new tool to highlight problems like late payments and unregistered contracts.

News & Politics

State AG demands answers about Meta AI chatbot’s false accusations

Letitia James sent a letter to the Facebook parent company after City & State reported that the chatbot was making up sexual harassment allegations against lawmakers.

Special Reports

The drone industry is booming in Central New York

A military presence in Syracuse and a grant funding program have helped companies start up and thrive.

Albany Agenda

Meta AI falsely claims lawmakers were accused of sexual harassment

The new AI chatbot in Facebook Messenger provides detailed information about the sexual harassment allegations against state legislators. The only problem: none of it is true.

Opinion

Opinion: A real plan for Empire AI

New York’s AI initiative needs strong labor standards and ethical guardrails.

Opinion

Opinion: Training the next generation of cyber experts

In an age of cyber threats, investing in our cybersecurity workforce is crucial to our national security.

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Policy

Company behind gun detection tech previewed in subway faces multiple lawsuits and federal investigations

Evolv, whose weapons detection scanners were recently demonstrated by Mayor Eric Adams, is being investigated by the SEC and the FTC for allegedly making misleading statements about what its technology can do.

Technology

Likely AI books about New York politicians are flooding Amazon

Insiders may not learn much, since the books range from largely inaccurate to complete gibberish.

Personality

New York’s lofty goal for digitization: “Simple, seamless and straightforward”

Government leaders gathered at City and State’s 2024 Digital New York Summit to discuss ways of modernizing digital infrastructures in government.

News & Politics

The Adams administration quietly hired its first AI czar. Who is he?

Jiahao Chen, who led AI initiatives at JPMorgan Chase and Capital One, is the city’s new director of AI and machine learning.

Albany Agenda

Legislation seeks to ban fast food surge pricing

A bill introduced by Assembly Member Angelo Santabarbara came as Wendy’s announced it was launching a “dynamic pricing” plan

Policy

Parents concerned about addictive social media have the ear of Tish James

The New York attorney general is turning her attention to Big Tech – pushing legislation to give her office the power to crack down on algorithms targeting kids.

Energy & Environment

Mark Ruffalo is back to make sure fracking stays banned in NY

New technology might allow for new carbon dioxide fracking technology in the Southern Tier, and lawmakers are moving to ban the new technology.

New York City

NYPD opposes more stringent reporting requirements in POST Act

One proposal to clarify the surveillance technology transparency law “would be extremely harmful to the functioning of the department,” one official said.