Youngkin issues executive order on AI

Governor Youngkin issued an Executive Order 30 on Artificial Intelligence (AI), which implements AI Education Guidelines for the classroom protecting the individual data of all Virginians.

The Commonwealth contains the largest number of cybersecurity companies and personnel on the East Coast.

Virginia colleges and universities lead the nation in technology research and development, and critical national security and military intelligence, undeniably exposing Virginia to unique AI effects.

The Governor’s Executive Order mixes strong protections for Virginia residents and businesses while recognizing opportunities presented by AI.

As one of the first states in the country to issue AI standards, Virginia is leading the way on guidelines and pilots.

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Laurel Ridge announces robotics and automation opportunities

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 Laurel Ridge Community College announced new opportunities for students to study robotics and automation at the Fauquier Campus.

The Go Virginia-funded Robotics & Technology Academy will open to students and adults in the region this upcoming spring and offer career studies certificates in the field.

High school students in Fauquier and Rappahannock counties will have the opportunity to enroll in the academy with transportation provided to and from Laurel Ridge.

The 16 credit program introduces students to robotics and automation systems that use Industry 4.0 technologies like artificial intelligence, cloud computing, robotics and other cyber-physical systems.

This new field of study will join the Drone Academy to form Laurel Ridge’s Technology Academy.

The two certificates can combine with four general studies classes to earn an associate degree.

In Virginia, the average robotics technician’s annual salary is roughly $55,000.

To read the full announcement from Laurel Ridge, click here.

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News Maker David Ting on Zenni and Artificial Intelligences

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been designed to make shopping faster, easier and cheaper.

We spoke with Chief Technology Officer for the Zenni Company David Ting about AI in our latest news maker.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County Together We are Community.

David explains the latest in AI development and how it will accomplish that shopping ease.

He also explains that AI is meant to simply make life easier for all and take the grunt work out of life and give us more time to enjoy life.

David also explains in it’s current stage AI is not the coming of Skynet from Terminator.

He mentions that the technology in it’s current form is benign.

However, David does mention that where some companies may not be benign with their AI development Zenni just wants to make shopping easier.

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