In this exclusive CyberTalk interview, Global Cyber Security Strategist and Evangelist for Check Point, Edwin Doyle, provides unique and insightful perspectives pertaining to industry, innovation and what the future of AI holds.
He unpacks how groundbreaking AI language models will transform the labor market, the business landscape, cyber security and so much more.
Find out about the AI breakthroughs that are already making an impact and discover practical advice around what businesses can do to adapt. Get ready for an eye-opening and informative conversation.
Let’s start by talking about the cool stuff. What are some of the most outstanding recent advancements in artificial intelligence?
We’re going to speak about ChatGPT quite a bit here today, so aside from that incredible breakthrough in language construction, the integration of AI with robotics will become one of the greatest industries in history. For example: Medically approved comfort robo-pets that double as first responders in emergencies, carrying vital medication for their “owners,” to military-grade combat assistance. Intelligent robotics will eventually upgrade every human life on earth.
What are the potential labor market and business impacts of large AI language models?
I remember seeing an old newspaper clipping from the late 1800s, when Henry Ford was being criticized for putting horse manure street cleaners out of business. The headline drew panic about thousands of men being out of work. Of course, the auto industry has employed millions since and the same thing will happen as AI takes over tasks that now simply require automation.
My crystal ball extends as far as the optimism that all people everywhere will upgrade their knowledge; as we’ve done many times over the centuries. They will engage in much more meaningful work…
Nearly 50% of businesses are drafting policies on ChatGPT use. Your thoughts?
In the short term, we’re going to build the plane as we fly; we have no choice and so it’s going to be painful. A consortium of those most deeply affected will rise and create a universal policy. From there, industry verticals and corporations will create their own subset of rules. I would simply caution that cyber security professionals don’t repeat the mistakes of the early 2000s.
Back then, new tech, like YouTube, was simply blocked, reflecting a lack of understanding of this new technology. The users loved it and they were the first to know the corporate benefit. Needing YouTube for their work, users then saw “blocking policy” as a security obstacle, simply finding ways to go around the policy, making the corporate environment less safe.
Should OpenAI be heavily regulated, given the deeply disruptive implications of the company’s product?
Regulated by who is the question? The government! We’ve already seen from independent journalist Matt Taibbi’s Twitter files that the government leans on private institutions in much the same way any propaganda machine would want to manipulate the public. This tool in the hands of a majority government is equally as scary as in the hands of a private corporation. The solution is open market competition. ChatGPT is already biased and this will anger people into an alternative and better solution.
Skills are what’s needed to work with the business sector on how they’ll use this new tool.
In brief, would you like to speak to the cyber security implications of ChatGPT?
More distraction. Anyone interested in illegal hacking, armed with only a cell phone, can ask ChatGPT how to instigate a cyber attack. This will come from script-kiddies, resulting in not much more than an annoyance, but causing a distraction from more significant threats.
The interesting development in recent months with this technology is that, if somebody is a well-known public figure for instance, you can ask ChatGPT to write a speech or phishing email and the new breakthrough is that ChatGPT will use vocabulary in much the same way as the target. Coupled with the manipulation of deep fake videos and we’ve got a significant threat.
How do you believe that cyber security challenges will play out in the next 6 months?
Speaking in terms of the Russia-Ukraine war, it is evident that both sides have recruited everyone with cyber warfare skill sets, including cyber criminals. They will inevitably steal the very cyber weapons those governments are funding. Think about that… threat actors with unlimited funding to create new cyber weapons.
Looking ahead 10 years, what are your predictions for the future of artificial intelligence?
Artificial intelligence will merge with robotics to create a service market for personal and professional use. Think of things like disaster recovery clean-up to household chores. The Roomba vacuum cleaner will pale in significance.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with the CyberTalk.org audience?
Automate cyber hygiene training using AI to tailor specific content to specific people for specific reason. In other words, why are we forcing everyone, from front desk receptionists to accounts payable, to take the same cyber training? Using ChatGPT you can now send automated training messages that are specific to a person’s role and responsibilities, thus improving the quality of the training experience.
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