The climate impact of lab-grown meat and congressional AI plans – News Block

Soon, the menu at your favorite burger joint could include not only options made with meat, mushrooms, and black beans, but also patties packed with lab-grown animal cells. Not only has the United States just approved the sale of cultured meat for the first time, but the industry is in the process of raising billions of dollars to get its products into restaurants and supermarkets.

In theory, that should be a big win for the climate: greenhouse gas emissions from the animals we eat make up nearly 15% of the global total. But it’s still not entirely clear whether cultured meat is actually better for the environment. Read the full story.

—Casey Crownhart

Three things to know about how the US Congress could regulate AI

Two weeks ago, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced his grand strategy for AI policymaking in a speech in Washington, DC, ushering in what could be a new era for AI technology policy. The US outlined some key principles for AI regulation and argued that Congress should quickly introduce new laws.

Schumer’s plan is the culmination of many other smaller political actions and is part of a recent flurry of AI-related activity. Tate Ryan-Mosley, our senior tech policy reporter, has identified three key themes throughout this talk that he needs to know about to help him understand where US AI legislation could go. Read the full story.

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