Emerging Tech

‘Robo-lawyers’ are coming. Are states ready?

Automated legal services are becoming more widely available for routine proceedings, offering possible cost savings and other benefits. But for the emerging tech to thrive, experts say regulations need to be updated.

Colorado now accepts crypto for state tax payments

The Department of Revenue has added cryptocurrency as a payment type, allowing residents to pay individual and business tax through PayPal.

Metaverse will move the goal posts for ID verification

Agencies should partner with their constituencies to actively explore how Web3 technologies will change today’s approaches to authentication.

California legalizes human composting

Starting in 2027, California will allow human composting, a green-burial option that is also legal in Colorado, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.

Feds prepare to open new $500M program for transportation tech

States and localities are among those eligible for the grants, which are aimed at funding projects focused on innovations like autonomous vehicles and roadside sensors.

What is proof-of-stake? A computer scientist explains a new way to make cryptocurrencies, NFTs and metaverse transactions

Proof-of-stake as a consensus mechanism may be more energy efficient for blockchain systems, one expert says.

Utah readies mobile driver’s license rollout

While the technology for the mDL is ready, the challenge is creating an ecosystem of partners who accept the digital ID.

Concerns grow over AI in hiring processes

Automated tech -- including artificial intelligence for job recruiting, interviewing and hiring -- may discriminate against qualified job-seekers, government officials warn.

NIST, Google announce chip R&D partnership

The public-private sector collaboration will make industry standard chips available to smaller research entities to encourage semiconductor manufacturing.

State takes quantum tech from theory to business

To speed the commercialization of quantum technologies, Massachusetts is investing in research facilities and workforce training.

Building back better with robotics

Southwestern Pennsylvania pulled in a $62.7M federal grant to build a robotics and autonomy cluster.

New computer vision model tackles improved wildfire prevention

The model uses satellite imagery to identify areas at risk of wildfires before they actually happen.

Electric school buses are taking students back to school – bringing cleaner air and lower maintenance costs to school districts across the country

Electric school buses can reduce air pollution, provide power to communities and lower maintenance costs for school districts that are transitioning away from diesel-powered buses.

Wireless tech monitors soil moisture in real time

Researchers have developed technology that measures the changes in soil moisture by calculating changes in radio waves, eliminating the need for in-ground sensors.

One state maps out its drone-enabled future

The Ohio Department of Transportation is testing its uncrewed traffic management system that would allow drones to operate at low altitudes beyond the operator's line of sight.

Michigan expands EV charging network with AI-powered partner

With machine learning software, Volta Charging can identify optimal locations for chargers, helping the state to site them in low-income and environmental justice communities.

Autonomous receiver tracks fish to improve hydropower dam operations

The underwater autonomous receiver uploads tracking data from tagged salmon to the cloud in near real-time to help hydroelectric plant operators know when, where and how many fish are expected to pass through dams.