AI Community Meetings

The California Department of Technology (CDT) is leading a statewide, internal AIC to foster awareness on AI and to share best practices, use cases, resources, and lessons learned. The AIC is open to state employees interested in engaging and collaborating on how to responsibly adopt AI technologies.

Upcoming Events

Join the next AIC Microsoft Teams Webinar
Thursday, July 11 2024
Time: 2:30pm-4:00pm PDT
Guest Speaker: Bob Kasenchak, Information Architect at Factor
Topic: Uses, Abuses, and Risks: an Information Science Perspective on GenAI
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What is Artificial Intelligence (AI)? AI sometimes called machine intelligence, is intelligence demonstrated by machines, unlike the natural intelligence displayed by humans. Leading AI textbooks define the field as the study of “intelligent agents”: any device that perceives its environment and takes action that maximizes its chance of successfully achieving its goals. Colloquially, the term “Artificial Intelligence” is used to describe machines (or computers) that mimic cognitive functions that humans associate with human minds, such as learning and problem solving.

How often does this forum meet? This virtual forum meets every other month. 

Past Events

May 9, 2024

Guest Speaker: Dr. Lauren Sanders – Project Scientist for the NASA Open Science Data Repository and the Lead of the Artificial Intelligence for Life in Space working group
Topics: NASA real-world use cases that cover the full spectrum of AI

March 14, 2024

Guest Speaker: Brandie Nonnecke, PhD – Director, CITRIS Policy Lab; Associate Research Professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley; Host of TecHype
Topics: Primer on AI and what it is, e.g. traditional AI vs. generative AI; A look at what goes into developing AI strategies using CA, WA, and the UC system as case studies

January 11, 2024

Guest Speaker: Lake Dai – Founder of Sancus Ventures, Adjunct Professor of Applied AI at Carnegie Mellon University
Topics: AI Use Cases, Risks, Governance, and Collaborative Development

November 9, 2023

Guest Speakers:

  • Jonathan Porat – State Chief Technology Officer, Department of Technology
  • James Regan – Deputy Secretary Workforce Development, Government Operations Agency
  • Jeffery Marino – Director, Office of Data and Innovation
  • Anne Crew-Renzo – CalAcademy Training Program Manager, Office of Data and Innovation

Topics: AI Community Overview, Training Resources, GenAI Executive Order Walkthrough


November 30, 2022

Guest Speaker: Aaron Shum – Vice President, Research – Security & Privacy, Info-Tech
Topic: Privacy-proof your AI Technology

April 6, 2022

Guest Speaker: Micah Musser, Research Analyst, Center for Security and Emerging Technology

Topic: Vulnerabilities and Applications

December 13, 2021

Guest Speaker: Joy Bonaguro – Statewide Chief Data Officer, Government Operations Agency

Topic: Introducing Data Science in Legacy Organizations

September 23, 2021

Guest Speaker: Frank Buytendijk – Gartner Research Fellow, co-lead Gartner Maverick Program and Gartner Global Scenarios Program

Topic: Digital Ethics and AI Design Principles

June 30, 2021

Guest Speaker: Ashley Casovan
Topic: Adopting Responsible AI Practices in Government

April 5, 2021

Guest Speaker: Noel Corriveau – Senior Counsel at INQ Data Law
Topic: Regulating AI

January 14, 2021

Guest Speaker: Natalia Modjeska – Director, Research and Advisory at InfoTech Research Group
Topic: Machine Bias

October 1, 2020

Guest Speaker: Natalia Modjeska – Director, Research and Advisory at InfoTech Research Group
Topic: What is Artificial Intelligence