A Screenshot of Sen. Martin Heinrich speaking about AI during a Washington Post Live event September 12, 2023.

‘What’s the threshold at which you begin to regulate something?’: AI Insight Forums begin

Congress set up a series of talks to discuss artificial intelligence, something that state and federal legislative branches have had an increasing interest in discussing. The first AI Insight Forum begins Wednesday in the U.S. Senate. These forums are closed door which means neither the public nor the media can attend. A readout of the forum will be made available after the event is concluded. U.S.  Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico, discussed AI Tuesday on the Washington Post Live’s Across the Aisle with Leigh Ann Caldwell.

Local public radio station ceases use of Twitter

The battle whether public broadcasting and other non-profit outlets should use the social media platform Twitter came to a head last week when the national NPR account stopped posting to the platform after it was labeled “state-sponsored media.”

National Public Radio affiliate KUNM-FM, based out of Albuquerque, announced Friday it would cease sharing its work on Twitter due to both the label and decreased engagement in recent months. KUNM News Director Megan Kamerick spoke to NM Political Report Monday about the decision to cease posting its work to Twitter. Kamerick was reminded of her friend, NPR’s Alicia Shepard who died on April 1 from lung cancer. 

As a memorial for Shepard, her friends created a faux-New York Times page with a quote about journalism, Kamerick said. “Basically, ‘beware journalism or news media. Your credibility is the only thing you have’,” Kamerick said.

Yazzie-Martinez plaintiffs want court to order state to address remote learning issues

The plaintiffs in a lawsuit over educational resources in New Mexico filed a request with the First Judicial District Court on Wednesday to order the state to provide computers and high-speed internet access to thousands of at risk students who lack tools for remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. An estimated 23 percent of the New Mexico population lacks broadband internet service, according to the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (NMCLP). The nonprofit, which is providing legal counsel to the plaintiffs of the Yazzie-Martinez lawsuit, estimated that 80 percent of Native Americans living on tribal lands do not have internet services at all. Florena Valencia, of the San Felipe Pueblo, and her three daughters are one Native American family who lack internet at home. Valencia sat with her three daughters in her hot car in the warmer months while her children tried to learn remotely, she said.