The rapid pace of change in today's world can be overwhelming, especially when considering the increased use of AI and automated decision-making technology by New York State. The realization that important decisions could potentially be influenced by machines rather than human judgment is disconcerting for many.

However, a pivotal development has taken place in New York with the passing of the LOADinG Act. This legislation represents a proactive step toward establishing oversight and accountability for the deployment of technology within state agencies. The law is designed to ensure that the tools and systems employed by these organizations for decision-making adhere to fairness and reliability principles.

Assembly Science and Technology Committee Chair Steve Otis has emphasized the need to implement regulations, transparency, and ongoing monitoring to keep a watchful eye on the risks of biased or unfair outcomes resulting from the use of automated decision-making and artificial intelligence within New York.

Under New York’s LOADinG Act, state agencies will be mandated to conduct comprehensive evaluations of all automated decision-making systems impacting public benefits, rights, and safety. These systems must undergo regular human review to ensure their fairness and accuracy.

The law also outlines a transparent process for sharing the results of these evaluations on agency websites, while addressing any privacy or safety concerns. If assessments reveal any irregularities or biases, state agencies must immediately stop using the automated systems.

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As we navigate a rapidly evolving landscape where technology plays a bigger and bigger role in our lives, the enactment of the LOADinG Act aims to instill trust and transparency when it comes to the use of AI-driven decision-making systems.

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