Caleb Watney

Cybersecurity in Overdrive: Preparing for the Future of Autonomous Vehicles

When it comes to criminal justice AI, we need transparency and accountability

A recent Wall Street Journal article makes the case that—in regulating artificial intelligence, including those applications used to aid the criminal justice system—we should emphasize accountability, rather than prescriptions …

Addressing new challenges in automotive cybersecurity

The attached policy study is co-authored by Cyril Draffin, a project adviser to the MIT Energy Initiative. As more connected and autonomous vehicles hit the road, new attack vectors emerge …

Don’t shut trucks out of the driverless vehicle future

A law that would, for the first time, create a federal regulatory framework for autonomous vehicles is speeding down the legislative highway. Unfortunately, thanks to the intervention of …

The Politics of Game of Thrones

Fairy dust, Pandora’s Box … or a hammer

Cathy O’Neil wants to puncture a particular perception of algorithms that views artificial intelligence and other mathematical decisionmaking models as a type of “fairy dust” we can sprinkle over …

It’s time for our justice system to embrace artificial intelligence

Liberal democracies long have struggled to minimize or eliminate elements of bias in their systems of criminal justice. Maybe justice is just too difficult for humans to administer …

What’s stopping technological progress in Game of Thrones?

For as far back as we can trace the history of Westeros (estimates range from about 8,000 to 12,000 years), the technology and economy of the world has been more …

Robots don’t get drunk or drowsy, so why hold up driverless cars?

The following op-ed was co-authored by Adam Thierer, senior research fellow with the Technology Policy Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. The House Energy and Commerce Committee is considering important …

LETTER: Support draft autonomous vehicle legislation

The following comment letter was co-authored by R Street Senior Fellow Ian Adams. Dear Committee Staff, Thank you for the opportunity to comment on this draft autonomous vehicle legislation, as …

Reports of the taxi industry’s death have been greatly exaggerated

Co-written with Jonathan Haggerty  It seems like nearly every time ridesharing is brought up in New York City, someone will inevitably bring up the dramatic decline in taxi medallion …

Letter: Don’t mandate DSRC

Dear Secretary Chao and Chairman Pai: We write to inform the Secretary that we are wary of NHTSA’s recent moves to standardize Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) as a …

Letter: Countering misleading pushback to over-the-counter hearing aids

Dear Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray: The Niskanen Center and R Street Institute write in support of the improvements to over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid regulation as contained in …

R Street Comments to FTC on connected vehicles

On behalf of the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C that focuses on insurance, technology, and next generation transportation, we respectfully submit these …

Legislators should stop mandating how Uber conducts background checks

After several years of tumultuous debate, the big questions surrounding the basic legality of ridesharing services like Lyft and Uber have essentially been resolved. In most major American cities, we …

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