Here at SCS we like to keep you informed of the latest news from the world of technology…Artificial Intelligence is a fascinating field at the cutting edge of our industry – it amazes and scares us in equal measure.  How does it make you feel?

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As the world becomes more digital by the day, Artificial Intelligence is becoming more efficient.  Even though many aspects of modern life require some level of AI to perform tasks that are considered to have a ‘positive’ effect, The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence report has recently warned that AI is at particularly high risk from exploitation by criminals, a risk that will become greater over the next few years.

The report states that there are three main areas of concern:

  • Physical
  • Digital
  • Political

Drones being weaponised, bots posting fake video footage designed to manipulate public political opinion, and speech synthesis impersonation are just some of the threats that could be potentially produced by AI, if the technology falls into the wrong hands.

A particular area of concern is reinforcement learning, which is the ability for AI to progress to superhuman levels of intelligence without human intervention.  An AI programme developed by Google, was recently able to defeat a Chinese grand master at the board game Go, leading to concern that a similar technology could be used to find exploits in code by hackers.

So, what does this mean for the future?  The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence report is calling for governments to consider changes in laws and policies, and for those involved in the production of AI programmes and systems to be prepared to do more to combat their potential misuse.  Law makers and AI developers must work together to achieve that common goal.  Developments such as cyber security can teach us a lot about handling duel risks as this is something we have been aware of for at least two decades.

As many of the technologies posing a risk to security are already available now, or will be over the next few years, AI is already changing the way we view risk for people, companies and entire nations.  Not only can AI be trained to reach human levels of performance and intelligence, but in some cases significantly exceed it.

Although The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence report gives an idea as to what the digital world could look like over the next 10 years, it is a call to action for governments, developers, companies and individuals to act and take the risks seriously, now.

Contact us here at SCS Technology to find out how we can keep you secure in the digital world.