AI: Artificial Intelligence

Technological advances in machine learning have made artificial intelligence a real possibility. Applications include self-driving cars, app-based assistants, and automated trading bots. As these systems become more complex and make bigger and bigger mistakes, prominent scientists are issuing warnings about the risk of letting AI go unchecked.

Encryption

Encryption technology has become widely available, putting some data beyond the reach of law enforcement. If encryption is left unchecked, criminals will take advantage. If it is over-regulated, criminals will use other encryption technology. Congress needs to pass legislation that finds a balance between national security and personal security.

Patents

Patents can boost innovation by inventors, especially for industries where inventing requires a lot of initial investment. In other industries, patent protection does more to block implementation of patented inventions, which can actually reduce overall innovation as perceived by consumers.