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Police in La Mesa may soon buy cameras that scan the license plates of cars, a system that is already employed in El Cajon that critics say is illegally sharing data across state lines.
The goal is for real people to spend more time answering residents’ questions instead of doing work that can be, well, robotic.
San Bernardino County joins San Diego, Riverside, Orange and Los Angeles counties in using the devices. The cities of Corona, Chino, Indio, Palm Springs, Rialto, San Bernardino and Fontana began using them in 2016, followed by Riverside in 2017.
Doubling the life of Chromebooks sold across California in 2020 could save schools $225 million, according to US PIRG — and $1.8 billion nationwide.
Modeled on a recent law in the United Kingdom, Assembly Bill 2273 would mandate businesses report to the state on products or services they offer on the Internet that are likely to be accessed by minors, and make plans to reduce any potential harm to minors.
The transportation authority wants to erect up to 49 billboard structures, most with double-sided display screens, which would result in 86 total digital billboards throughout the city.
State lawmakers have approved the Delete Act, which would allow consumers, with a single request, to have every data broker delete their personal information.
New legislation from San Francisco state Sen. Scott Wiener didn’t move forward this legislative session, but contemplates using a new or existing state agency to guide and regulate responsible development of AI.
If signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, Assembly Bill 316 would require that for at least the next five years, driverless trucks weighing between five and 40 tons have a human safety driver on board.
Some say that in California, farmers are on the front lines of the most advanced STEM-related career fields and developments.
Under the order, the California Department of Technology, the Office of Data and Innovation and other state agencies must examine the most significant and beneficial ways generative AI can be used by the state within 60 days.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles’ ongoing mobile driver’s license pilot will let a larger group of participants show their driver’s licenses from their cellphones at a select number of stores and airports.
Meta confirmed it was in touch with Mayor Matt Mahan about the issue but didn’t elaborate on whether the company would take any action. Snapchat, TikTok and X did not respond to a request for comment.
A surveillance tool shares local data with out-of-state agencies — a practice among many police departments and one that some lawyers, privacy advocates and legislators say is illegal.
Because the AI’s training is based on a yes-no binary, each time a CAL FIRE official confirms that what the system has identified is indeed a fire, it gets that much smarter.
So far this year alone, tech companies have revealed intentions for nearly 16,600 Bay Area layoffs, which is well ahead of the roughly 10,500 job cuts by the tech sector in this region in 2022.
The research is part of a broader study of whether police language sometimes unnecessarily escalates public encounters.
Oroville Police Chief Bill LaGrone said the 25 police car cameras the City Council recently approved, a complement to existing body-worn cameras, will serve as proof of what officers encounter inside and outside their vehicles.
The numbers of people being laid off are nearly evenly divided between the financial and technology sectors, but in the latter case, reflect layoffs slowing regionally.
It’s the first AI-written legislative resolution adopted in the country, and contains both praise and concerns about the technology.
Administrators for Cruise blamed the breakdown on “wireless connectivity issues,” due to an overload of cellphone usage at a large concert.
Two agencies are in charge of the robotaxi business: the California Public Utilities Commission and the Department of Motor Vehicles. The industry is seeking permits to operate driverless fleets in Los Angeles.
The City Council agreed this week to pay 35 percent more per year for citywide usage of Dell computers as well as Microsoft programs such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Teams and OneDrive.
“These companies know more about us than we know about ourselves, and they’re the ones in control of our personal information, not us,” said Justin Kloczko of the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog.
While community groups that monitor airplane noise welcome the new technology, called a Ground-Based Augmentation System, they say it has many shortcomings.
The city of Long Beach has released a new tool for the police department to help connect at-risk individuals with resources to keep them from becoming unnecessarily involved within the criminal justice system.
“School districts are dealing with enough in their budgets. They shouldn’t have to throw away laptops that are in perfectly good condition. We expect expiration dates for milk, but not for laptops.”
The automated BurnBot RX1 tool is being watched by state and federal agencies for potential use in prescribed burns, a pre-emptive practice designed to hamper the spread of wildfires by pre-burning swaths of combustible land.
The draft language was presented this month by the California Privacy Protection Agency, but tech industry lobbyists are protesting, saying the proposed regulations could end up limiting technology as ordinary as Excel spreadsheets.
With a politically divided Congress, passing any legislation is a challenge, and regulating an industry as new and complex as AI would be monumentally difficult.