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Panic at the Chatbot
Fears of artificial intelligence have been goosed recently with the emergence of services like ChatGPT that can deliver longform coherent text addressing fairly specific prompts. Cato's Will Duffield says many of the fears it has inspired are unfounded.
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Defending Gestational Surrogacy15:43Gestational surrogates provide a valuable service for many couples who want children, but the process has drawn significant criticism. Cato's Vanessa Brown Calder dispels the misconceptions.
Occupational Licensing Reform in 2023 and Beyond16:49States are advancing policies that embrace universal recognition of various occupational licenses and others that end a broad range of certificate of need requirements. Ed Timmons runs the Knee Regulatory Research Center. He details the progress.
Tracking CBDCs Before They Launch08:10The central bank digital currency is on the wish list for many central banks despite the lack of compelling use cases for the currency and troubling rollouts of CBDCs thus far. Nicholas Anthony details the Human Rights Foundation's new tracker for CBDCs.
Addressing Big Impediments to Delivering Civil Justice23:48America's civil justice system has a variety of problems that must be addressed. Bridget Mary McCormack, a former chief justice on the Michigan Supreme Court and the current head of the American Arbitration Association, has a few ideas.
Canada's Link Tax Delivers Dire Warning08:59Link taxes are supposed to help prop up ailing print media outlets by charging big tech firms for the privilege of linking to news content. The case of Canada’s link tax is challenging that hope. Cato's Paul Matzko comments.
Illinois Handed Immense Power to Government Unions, So How's It Going?09:58Last year, Illinois voters handed breathtaking new powers to collective bargaining agreements for government employees. Mailee Smith of the Illinois Policy Institute evaluates the status.
What Does OPEC Do and Should We Care?11:31Contrary to conventional beliefs about how the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries operates, there are many reasons to believe OPEC has fewer degrees of freedom than most people believe. That misperception can serve the needs of politicians searching for a bogeyman. Peter Van Doren and David Kemp explain why in a new paper.
One Local Impediment to Free-Range Kids13:12Parents might embrace their children's independence, but how much support do those parents have in the form of local infrastructure? Andrea Keith of Let Grow explains.
What Incentives Do State Regulators Face?11:04It may not be shocking to learn that state-level regulators face many of the same incentives as federal regulators. State lawmakers should pay close attention to how those regulators do their work, says Joe Luppino-Esposito of the Pacific Legal Foundation.