President Johnson Named to Massachusetts AI Strategic Task Force

WNE proudly announces the appointment of President Robert E. Johnson to the Massachusetts Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategic Task Force. Established by Governor Maura Healey through an executive order, the Task Force is dedicated to exploring the implications of AI and generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) technology across various sectors, including business, education, and state functions.

The Task Force aims to harness AI’s potential while ensuring its responsible use to benefit the state’s economy and communities. “Massachusetts has the opportunity to be a global leader in Applied AI,” Governor Healey stated, highlighting the collaborative efforts required to maintain a competitive edge.

Expressing his gratitude, Dr. Johnson said, “Incorporating AI into our educational curriculum is about empowering students to become architects of the future. At WNE, we’re committed to leveraging AI to enhance learning outcomes and foster a culture of lifelong learning.” He emphasized the importance of critical thinking and ethical frameworks in responsible AI development.

The 25-member Task Force, comprising distinguished individuals from academia, government, and industry, will begin its work in February 2025, with recommendations expected later in the year.