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Artificial Intelligence: What you need to know

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the discipline of thinking machines. You are using it today and might not realize it. AI powers your smartphone, tunes your social media and optimizes the ecommerce sites you visit. AI, especially machine learning, is enabling autonomous vehicles and robotics in the air and on the road.

The field is growing dramatically with the proliferation of high powered computers into homes and businesses and especially with the growing power of smartphones and other mobile devices. Artificial intelligence software is assisting people in most every discipline.

The most important thing to know about AI right now is that it is NOT a threat. It is not a threat to humanity, is not a threat to the economy, and is not a threat to your job, at least in the short term.

There are definitely concerns with how AI can disrupt the labor market and that might include your job, one day. But this is a long term trend and is something you have plenty of time to prepare for. The way to prepare for it is to think about it and ensure you continue to self-education yourself on the nature of AI, and, more importantly, continue to learn leadership. Leaders will always be needed, don’t you think?

When it comes to educating yourself on AI, start here: Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, and Machine Learning: A Primer

A snapshot of the trends in AI right now indicates:

  • With business models returning profit now, all indications are AI will continue to improve.
  • AI, especially Machine Learning, is playing a huge role in modernizing the cybersecurity industry, with many companies leveraging AI for improved cybersecurity solutions.
  • AI is also being used by adversaries to rapidly learn configurations that can be exploited and rapidly match patterns on penetrated devices to find sensitive information.
  • Creators of AI solutions do not currently follow any type of security framework or testing methods to ensure AI is secure. Most all seem to use a “generate and test” approach, which is fielding AI which can almost be expected to generate unintended consequences. This is a huge negative.
  • AI can be easier to deceive than current computer software. This may give adversaries new ways of gaining sensitive information.

With AI being used by both defenders and attackers in cyberspace this is a key trend to track. Many AI solutions are showing up in our consumer IT devices. Others are being sold to enterprises. In every case, we can expect thinking adversaries are seeking ways to leverage the AI to gain unauthorized access to systems. Our recommendation is to ensure all AI solutions are well tested before using them in enterprises.

We track the latest on Artificial Intelligence and all the other major mega trends of technology in the Things Cyber Tech Landscape section. The megatrends we track there are:

  • Artificial Intelligence: Tracking the future of thinking machines large and small, including the AI enabled systems used by your smartphone.
  • Cloud Computing: Powerful centralized computing delivering new capabilities like software as a service and most of the ecommerce and social media services we all use today.
  • Mobile Computing: Connected super-computers in your hand giving people ESP-like super powers. Our smartphones now ship with dozens of high end sensors and those are only increasing.
  • Big Data Analytics: Making sense of incredible amounts of data, including data generated and used by robotics and the IoT.
  • Robotics: Automating every task that can be, creating, and disrupting jobs. This includes, by the way, disrupting entertainment (see Jimmy Fallon and his robots).
  • Internet of Things: Everything will have a chip and communicate with everything else, and how we optimize this will help ensure the IoT is focused on what we want.
  • Cybersecurity: Evil will aways be lurking. We must all reduce our risks in this connected world. this includes a need for cybersecurity on every

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