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Interim projects could get boost with Becker legislation

A safe bed, with a door that locks, can be life-changing for thousands of the Bay Area’s houseless residents. Providing basic needs like security and running water, interim housing projects may be getting a boost from lawmakers this year, while politicians and developers wrangle over affordable and permanent solutions.

California State Sen. Josh Becker of District 13 spoke at a press conference at the Domini Hoskins Black History Museum & Learning Center. Becker’s messages during the conference took place after his recent investment in the Domini Hoskins Museum with the help of California Gov. Gavin Newsom. 

Senator Becker discusses new funding tocreate a permanent Black History Museum and Learning Center (Photo curtesy of NBC Bay Area)(NBC Bay Area) New Funding to Help Create Permanent Black History Museum (Video)

“There is reason for serious concern about how AI could be used to mislead voters in campaigns,” said Josh Becker, a Democratic state senator in California, in an interview. “It’s encouraging to see some companies coming to the table but right now I don’t see enough specifics, so we will likely need legislation that sets clear standards.”

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New California bill aims to implement AI transparency.

California State Senator Josh Becker introduces legislation that will require AI providers to watermark their images, videos and audio.

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California lawmakers are drawing up multiple plans to require watermarks on content created by artificial intelligence to curb the abuses within the emerging technology, which has affected sectors from political races to the stock market.

At least five lawmakers have promised or are considering different proposals that would require AI companies to implement some type of verification that a video, photo, or written work was made by the technology. The activity comes as advanced AI has rapidly evolved to create realistic images or audio on an unprecedented level.


(KRON) — From housing the homeless to addressing retail crime, there’s a lot to address in 2024. The Bay Area Legislative Caucus advocates for policy solutions in Sacramento, and State Senator Josh Becker of District 13 – representing Santa Clara and San Mateo counties — is the Caucus Chair.

He talked one-on-one with KRON4’s Stephanie Lin about what he hopes to achieve in his new role.