AI Hearing, Christianity in America, Philadelphia Mayoral Race : Up First The CEO of the company behind ChatGPT will testify before Congress as lawmakers eye regulations on AI technology. New research from the Public Religion Research Institute finds that religion is declining in the lives of Americans. And, the mayoral race in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is putting a spotlight on major issues is many big cities in America.

AI Hearing, Christianity in America, Philadelphia Mayoral Race

AI Hearing, Christianity in America, Philadelphia Mayoral Race

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OpenAI CEO Sam Altman to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee

Capitol Hill is taking a closer look at artifical intelligence guardrails. A bipartisan group of House members met on Monday with Sam Altman, the CEO of the company behind ChatGPT, who will testify on Tuesday for the first time in Congress. The event is scheduled to start Tuesday at 10 a.m. ET.

NPR's Claudia Grisales says that Congress is "playing catch up" with AI regulation, as the European Union is years ahead. But with a "bitterly divided" Congress, trying to get things done quickly "does not bode well." Members like Missouri Republican Josh Hawley are worried about privacy issues, while others like California Democrat Ted Lieu are pushing for AI and even filed a resolution earlier this year written by ChatGPT.

Voters in Philadelphia head to the polls to cast ballots in the mayoral primaries

On Tuesday, voters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will head to the polls to select who will be the next mayor of the poorest big city in the country. Crime is the most pressing issue on the ballot.

WHYY's Tom MacDonald reports, that along with problems with drugs and decaying neighborhoods, the city's police remains understaffed, which led to "the first escape in decades," with two men still on the loose, "one of whom was accused of murder." Furthermore, Philadelphia is the largest city in the swing state, meaning that "whoever leads it could influence voters in the 2024 presidential election."

The importance of Christianity in the lives of Americans is shrinking, new research finds

To many Americans, religion is less important than it used to be. But those who still partake are optimistic about the future, according to a new report from the Public Religion Research Institute.

NPR's religion correspondent Jason DeRose explains the results: Just 16% of Americans say religion is the most important thing in their lives. 38% of Black Protestants and 42% of white evangelical Protestants say religion is most important — which makes sense given the "historic importance of the church as a central organizer for Black life in America" as well as the "political sway of white evangelicals around against abortion rights and LGBTQ+ rights."

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The importance of religion in the lives of Americans is shrinking