A strong focus on artificial intelligence security could be a profitable as well as an ethical choice for Denmark.
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AI pioneer and internationally recognized researcher Lars Kai Hansen believes that the future of artificial intelligence lies in better communication and better security and that you can’t have one without the other.
Artificial intelligence is rapidly improving, and it is finding its way into more and more aspects of our lives. As we stand on the threshold of what many professionals view as a new computer era, Lars Kai Hansen stresses that the only possible future of AI lies in a close relationship between communication and security.
Better communication offers new possibilities
”If we look at the three components constituting AI: data collection, analysis, and the ability to communicate data, I believe that improved communication with both humans and other computers will have the most profound effect on our lives,” says Lars Kai Hansen.
The reason for this, according to Lars Kai Hansen, is that improved AI communication will pave the way for computers taking over tasks from humans in more and more areas:
“As we improve e.g. the interface between artificial and human intelligence thus enhancing the augmented intelligence of humans, computers will increasingly be able to make decisions and carry out tasks, which are performed by humans today.”
Excitement and concern
This in Lars Kai Hansen’s opinion calls for excitement about new opportunities as well as concern about security:
“As AI communication progresses, AI will to an increasing extend be able to control your car, your airplane, your pacemaker, your automated trading system, your power grid etc. But for this to happen, systemic as well as legal protection against e.g. hackers and misuse of personal data is not just important it is a condition.”
AI security as a business opportunity
Security should therefore be taken very seriously, Lars Kai Hansen explains – but not just for ideological reasons also for business reasons:
“What many fail to realize is that AI security is not just a necessary appendix to AI – it is a business in itself. One which will grow rapidly as AI communication improves – and Denmark could be a world leading community for AI security.”
A position, which according to Lars Kai Hansen can be achieved by a joint effort from research and industry and legislators:
“A strong legal focus on security aspects of AI in Danish legislation will help provide the right focus for industry and research. This of course needs to be complimented by strong research and industry collaboration focusing as much on AI security as AI communication.”
Meet Lars Kai Hansen at High Tech Summit 2018 where he will share his insights under this year’s theme Big Data & Artificial Intelligence. The event program will be released in the autumn of 2018.
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