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Why researchers are worried about hackable AI

On this week’s Priorities podcast, researchers at the National Institute for Standards and Technology warn of threats to artificial intelligence systems. Apostol Vassilev, a computer scientist at NIST, co-authored a report about how hackers can target AI through “data poisoning.” One of the biggest threats, he says, is that there’s no real defense against it. Also on the podcast, Joseph Thacker, principal AI engineer and security researcher at AppOmni, advises how state and local governments can protect sensitive information and still embrace AI amid concerns of data poisoning.

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Priorities Podcast


Each week, the Priorities Podcast will take you through the latest in state and local government technology news and analysis. The program will explore trending stories throughout the week, as well as feature conversations with top executives across government and industry on things like modernization, emerging technology and digital services.

Hosted by Jake Williams

Jake Williams is the vice president of content and community for StateScoop and EdScoop. He's spent nearly a decade in the government IT market, covering the ins and outs of state and local government, as well as higher education. He started his journalism career in his native Pennsylvania and has also worked as a reporter for Campaigns & Elections magazine.