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AI and Ag; Currency Concerns

AI and Ag Public policy on artificial intelligence is a tricky topic. On the one hand, policymakers are trying to avoid their worst fears about its potential impacts, at the same time there is a geopolitical Cold War level race for data dominance. An overly precautionary approach would kill the goose about to lay golden eggs. Moreover, recalling the economic benefits from when the U.S. heavily regulated online sports betting, there are plenty of rogue nations ready to offer up the laissez-faire approach to AI. The internet has been about the network, whereas AI is about the production of bytes. Productivity gains in many sectors including agriculture are in the offing if it isn’t overly throttled by the paranoid.  Currency Conc...

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