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If you’ve spent some time recently wondering – or, more likely, worrying – about how generative AI like DALL-E and ChatGPT could transform American business and society, you’re not alone. Since the end of March, more than 17,000 people – including Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak, Max Tegmark and Andrew Yang – have urged the industry to stop training the latest AI technologies or for governments to “impose a moratorium.”

But is the U.S. Congress well equipped to regulate this emerging technology? We asked three experts on technology policy, Penn State’s S. Shyam Sundar, Texas A&M’s Cason Schmit and UCLA’s John Villasenor, to help us begin to understand why regulating AI is difficult to do and important to get right.

Later this week, we’ll bring you stories about Jovian moon missions, why it’s not a bad idea to pay for mass transit and the trend of painting your lawn green.

Happy Easter! Today is a good time to learn more about the holiday’s complicated history and the tens of millions of chocolate bunnies that come along with it.

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An accounting expert points out that income Americans previously thought was invisible to the IRS will now be tallied up and reported by Venmo and similar apps.

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Regulating AI: 3 experts explain why it’s difficult to do and important to get right

S. Shyam Sundar, Penn State; Cason Schmit, Texas A&M University; John Villasenor, University of California, Los Angeles

Powerful new AI systems could amplify fraud and misinformation, leading to widespread calls for government regulation. But doing so is easier said than done and could have unintended consequences.

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