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Dean JB Holston Joins Senator Bennet and Colorado Leaders to Chair New Artificial Intelligence Strategy Group

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Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet this week convened a group of two dozen Colorado leaders from a cross-section of industries to form the Colorado Leadership in Artificial Intelligence Strategy Group. J.B. Holston, Dean of the University of Denver’s Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science, is chairing the group.

“Artificial intelligence may be the most consequential technology of the 21st century,” said Bennet. “Given the stakes, we have a responsibility to secure America’s leadership at the forefront of AI or risk letting our competitors reap the benefits and write the rules for decades to come. We need a coherent national strategy on AI that galvanizes innovation, plans for the changes to our workforce, and is clear-eyed about the challenges ahead. Colorado is well-positioned to shape those efforts.”

On Wednesday, February 13, Bennet convened a conference call to officially launch the strategy group. In the coming months, his office will work with the group to identify leadership opportunities for Colorado in AI.

“I look forward to working with these leaders from across Colorado to capitalize on our state’s entrepreneurial spirit, record of successful public-private partnerships, and tradition of western pragmatism to harness AI’s potential for our future and guide our approach to AI’s challenges,” said Bennet.

“We are delighted to partner with the Senator and his staff on this vital Colorado initiative,” said J.B. Holston, Dean of the University of Denver’s Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science, and Chair of the strategy group. “This collaboration of leaders and innovators from industry, education, policy, and government represents a unique opportunity to place Colorado at the center of this transformative technology and the discussions over its implications for our state and country.”