Artificial Intelligence

PAS QuickNotes 85

By Joseph DeAngelis, AICP


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From what we buy, to how we get around, to how we structure and govern our communities, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a growing but often unseen force influencing the many choices made by businesses, governments, and people across the globe. AI is no longer the exclusive domain of science fiction or computer scientists but a very real presence in the lives of people today. Elected officials, government administrators, and planners and allied professionals should have a strong understanding of the potential impacts and benefits posed by AI in their communities. 

This edition of PAS QuickNotes defines AI; offers examples of how it can be used to help local governments make better-informed decisions, communicate more effectively, and improve public safety; and shares important caveats about unintended consequences and responsible use of AI.


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April 1, 2020
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About the Author

Joseph DeAngelis, AICP
Joseph DeAngelis, AICP is a planner and Research Manager with the American Planning Association in Chicago. Joseph's primary area of research is in the realm of climate adaptation and community resilience. He currently manages APA's slate of FEMA and NOAA sponsored research projects. Previously, he was a resiliency planner for the New York City Department of City Planning, where he worked on long-term planning and zoning solutions for communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy.