What are the Privacy Implications of AI?

Updated: Nov 29, 2021

How secure are we really?

 

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a wide-ranging branch of computer science concerned with building smart machines capable of performing tasks that typically require human intelligence. AI can process vast amounts of information in a short amount of time.



AI is still a recent invention, and we need to be mindful of the privacy implications it can have in the future. AI will not only help us to do our tasks faster but also protect our privacy better. It will give us a more worry-free life by doing all the tedious tasks from data analysis to video editing.


AI is being used in many ways, one of which is in the form of a personal assistant. These assistants can help with everyday tasks such as scheduling meetings, answering questions and even organizing your email inbox. But the information they gather on you, how it’s used and how secure it is while it’s stored remains a cause for concern for many people.


Issue of Privacy


Privacy is a crucial issue when it comes to AI. We need to make sure that we keep away from any potential privacy violations, for this reason companies are starting to invest more on security measures. Furthermore, companies are also starting to make deals with their customers on how they can use their data and what kind of data they will be sharing.


Every day we see systems which can extract meaningful patterns from data, and display the results in a form that is useful to us. Our privacy concerns need to shift to focus on what we share and how it is used, rather than who has access to the information. Technology changes and new privacy risks will arise in the future, so it's important that we start planning for them today.


Some of the most discussed privacy implications of AI are related to personal data collection. For example, a machine has a better understanding of a person’s personality and preferences than the machine’s human creator does. This makes it easier for them to tailor services for that individual's needs. Personalizing services in this way means collecting more data about the individual, because it is necessary to understand what they want in order to give them what they want.


Another consequence of AI is the increased surveillance capabilities. If an AI application should be used for law enforcement purposes, then there will be no need for humans during investigations or other activities that require human surveillance skills. The video cameras and other devices will monitor people instead of police officers, who can focus on other tasks instead.


New Digital Age


Smartphones are now in the hands of everyone. These devices come with a variety of sensors that collect information about the environment and the people around them. This information is then stored in databases, where it can be accessed by anyone, for any reason.


This development is something that should concern us all. It's not just about how these companies use this data, but also what attackers can do with it if they break into these databases.


In order not to have any privacy implications from AI, there are some things you need to be aware of when using AI. One is not storing sensitive information on your smart devices or having a lot of personal data on your device at all times - this will help ensure that if someone gets access to your device they won’t be able to get any valuable information off of it.

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