Science Desk: Beware of AI misregulation
At a recent Senate hearing, Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, cited the work of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as the kind of regulation he advocates for AI, while Gary Marcus, “the AI researcher-turned-critic,” argued that AI “should be licensed in the same way.” “FDA approves new drugs,” reports Reason’s Ronald Bailey. huh “NRC over-regulation” leads to “more deaths from pollution and accidents” and more greenhouse gas emissions. “Delayed drug approvals by the FDA result in higher mortality than rapidly approved drugs that later have to be withdrawn.” A new AI agency modeled on the NRC and FDA would most likely just “deny us access to the significant benefits of the technology and offer hardly any additional security”.
War Watch: US Needs Will to Support Victory
“Thanks to Western air defenses, Kiev claims it shot down 18 projectiles, including six hypersonic missiles,” launched by Russia. Cheers to the Wall Street Journal editorial board. President Zelenskyy wants 20 more Patriot systems, but “US is reluctant to donate more” due to shortage. Yet President “Biden may still choose to dig deeper into Allied holdings for Ukraine while making comprehensive efforts to build more more quickly.” And to end the war, Ukraine needs “the Army’s long-range tactical missile system , which Mr. Biden did not want to offer”. The US needs a “political will” to match the “skill of the patriot” and our “ingenuity to meet the world’s rapidly growing threats.”
From right: The media’s new Russiagate Dodge
“Democrats and commentators reacted dismissively” to Special Counsel John Durham’s final report on Russiagate. notes Sarah Westwood of the Washington Examiner, primarily “citing a 2019 investigation that alleged the matter had already been resolved.” However, the inspector general’s report noted that the FBI’s conduct of the Russia investigation was inadequate on multiple occasions and at multiple levels acted, possibly also because of political bias. In addition, “extensive misconduct and even illegal activities” were uncovered. And it made “no effort to determine whether the FBI had facts to support the allegations underlying the Russia investigation.” That is, the IG 2019 investigation and Durham’s both “Paint the picture of an FBI acting outside the rules in pursuit of Trump,” despite media narratives that the two overseers were at odds.
Conservative: Durham’s crushing discovery
“The answer is not the creation of new rules, but a renewed allegiance to the old ones,” which “depends on the integrity of the people who take an oath to follow the guidelines,” Special Counsel John Durham concluded. Margot Cleveland’s translation of The Federalist: We need “a healing of the corrupt hearts and minds of law enforcement agencies and intelligence agencies.” She warns: “What should terrify the country is not the list of crimes presented by the Special Counsel – because mistakes and even gross omissions can be corrected – but that Durham warned of corrupt hearts and minds that are unfaithful to the people and their constitution.” and FBI. “For the many details that followed – every misstep was traced and every inexplicable and unreasonable action condemned – this conclusion eclipsed them all.”
Aviation Beat: Flight safety trumps politics
The tragic crash of Colgan Flight 3407 in February 2009 “was a turning point in American aviation history.” argue New York Congressmen Brian Higgins (D), Nick Langworthy (R), Joe Morelle (D) and Claudia Tenney (R) at The Hill. It prompted Congress to enact “major aviation safety reforms,” such as “the ‘1,500 hour rule,’ which requires first officers, also known as co-pilots, to have at least 1,500 hours of flight training time.” Airlines now argue that “the 1,500-hour rule leading to a shortage of pilots” and trying to “roll back training and safety regulations”. Safety should not be compromised to “appease the airlines’ bottom line,” especially given that “the 1,500-hour rule has played a critical role in maintaining the safest time in American aviation history.”
– Compiled by the editors of the Post