Artificial Intelligence: Accelerating Innovation in the Public Sector

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Artificial intelligence has emerged as a solution for many government challenges. Certainly, it has already proven its effectiveness in many sectors including transportation, education, finance, and more.

As a result, many countries around the globe are now embracing disruptive technology on a grander scale. Artificial intelligence has the potential to help nations transform, thrive, and meet their long-term objectives.

Artificial Intelligence Can Drive Operational Efficiency

Government agencies can use AI to optimise their workflows and improve their delivery of service to their constituents. Many also use it to lighten the load of public servants.

As an example, digitising government forms allows workers to dedicate their time elsewhere, instead of performing mundane tasks. Additionally, government uses chatbots to answer frequently answered questions, instead of tying up employees.

Digitised information is also easy to share and query. This can reduce interdepartmental red tape and data redundancies.

AI Can Improve Mission Effectiveness

Certainly, the mission of government is to promote, safeguard, and deliver merit-based public services that serve people well. These services need to be organised, timely, and easily accessible.

Fortunately, artificial intelligence can reveal informational insights quickly, and at scale. Governments can use these insights to adjust their services to better suit constituent needs, even as complexity grows.

Additionally, Stanford University’s Artificial Index Report 2022 indicates the cost of AI is rapidly becoming more affordable and higher performing. Consequently, AI adoption makes economic sense.

Disruptive Technologies Can Combat Waste

AI is a powerful tool that can monitor, analyse, and alert decisionmakers to wasteful or unwarranted spending on a large scale. As a result, governments can improve their performance and better safeguard public resources.

AI Can Reduce Fraud

This disruptive technology can easily help governmental departments such as taxation, pensions, medical, and the treasury. Software can monitor financial transactions for illicit activities, and spot possible fraud.

Sustainability, Agility & Resilience

AI can help government manage environmental impacts and climate change. Examples include using AI to distribute energy more efficiently, monitoring and enforcing environmental regulations, and enhancing weather and disaster predictions and responses.

Furthermore, it can be used to improve cybersecurity, increase workforce mobility, and strengthen supply chain systems. Governments can increase agility and adapt quicker.

Nations Investing Heavily in Artificial Intelligence

The many benefits artificial intelligence has spurred most nations to invest heavily in AI. It not only offers those mentioned above, but also competitive advantage and the potential of increased GDP.

United States

The proposed U.S. 2023 fiscal budget includes a 28% increase in federal artificial intelligence R&D spending. By uniting government agencies, the private sector, and academia, they hope to retain their position as world leader in AI for years to come.

This influx of cash is understandable, considering the competitive threat of China’s artificial intelligence industry.


China has a large talent pool, a mass market receptive to AI, and the ability to quickly refine their offerings based on big data. The country also offers strong economic incentives and policies that promote AI development. Their commitment to becoming an AI global leader by 2030 is well under way.

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom also committed to becoming an AI superpower to increase productivity, growth, innovation, and resilience.


Canada committed $1.1 billion to artificial intelligence R&D, because of its potential to spur economic growth, greater effectiveness, and military advantage.


The Australian government also acknowledges the economy-wide advantages of artificial intelligence. By boosting Australia’s competitive capabilities, government can spur economic growth, unlock jobs, and address national challenges.

Accelerating Artificial Intelligence Innovation

Regrettably, many governments know it is important to innovate, but don’t know where to start. Either that, or their internal process lacks focus. Fortunately, these scenarios can be overcome through a strong partnership.

EarlyBirds offers Subject Matter Experts and an expansive marketplace of new and disruptive technologies. We also offer unique programs for ad hoc or supplementary needs, as well as ongoing transformational support. These resources can help you create a roadmap to accelerate public sector innovation.

EarlyBirds Innovation Ecosystem

The EarlyBirds Innovation Ecosystem is a Business-to-Business portal that connects leaders or influencers with new and disruptive technologies.

The Ecosystem has a data pool of over 4 million global innovations that may already address your governmental challenges. Alternatively, organisations can list challenges and request solutions from innovators.

EarlyBirds Explorer Program

The Explorer Program is tailored towards those who need innovation as a service to supplement existing innovation programs, or to conduct innovation projects when required.

EarlyBirds Challenger Program

The Challenger Program focuses on a single organisational or technical challenge. It looks for the most relevant innovators that meet your organisational, technical, and risk requirements.

The program is run by an EarlyBirds Subject Matter Expert who collects organisational requirements. The SME then searches the data pool to identify and curate options for further evaluation. The most suitable option is chosen and SME drafts a roadmap of next steps, POC, trial, or implementation.


EarlyBirds can provide direction and expertise if your organisation needs to accelerate public sector innovation. We can find innovative solutions and connect your organisation to appropriate disruptive technology.

Register at, or contact us to discuss your needs. We can help you find direction and accelerate your public sector innovation.