GAO positions AI, blockchain as society-altering tech

FedScoop – The Government Accountability Office’s new five-year strategic plan calls for more federal research and development spending to drive the potential of five emerging technologies it says could change society.

The office’s report on trends affecting government and society — part of a multi-volume look at its planned development through 2023 — identifies advancements like artificial intelligence and automation, genome editing, augmented reality and brain-connected interfaces, quantum information, and cryptocurrencies and blockchain as the technologies with the most potential to change society in the next five years.

But despite a wealth of attention paid to the potential federal applications for such technology, GAO officials said a declining commitment to research funding could impact their development in the U.S.

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