“There’s an opportunity here to take advantage of the local talent and expertise,” says Brooks, referring to Virginia, Maryland, and D.C. region — or what he calls the “vortex of capabilities.”
The development of cybersecurity and artificial intelligence is extremely fast-paced, often making it hard even for policymakers to understand the inner workings of these technologies on their own.
“It is the future and the future is here,” says Brooks.
“I mean, I think it’s almost sort of ambushed us. It came on so quick.” He says he believes that the reservoir of expertise in technology on Capitol Hill is often limited, but that “they’re trying to catch up”. One of the most significant factors will be the ability of the government and regulators to understand these technologies and pave the proper paths.
“How do you regulate something like this?” Brooks asked What’s Working in Washington. “There’s a huge amount of investing being done—not just in the United States, but globally…I don’t think we’ve looked at the implications and the impact that artificial intelligence can have.”
“Communicate,” says Brooks. “Get involved on social media, follow all the postings in the groups…go to the local events.”
He says the best way to get direct access to experts in the field and learn about opportunities is to look into the bountiful pool of relevant associations and industry advocacy groups available in D.C.