We’ve grown used to the internet as an everyday tool but technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and smart connected devices (Internet of Things) are shaping new far-reaching developments.

AI and smart devices

  • Already, organizations are beginning to employ AI and IoT to unlock value from large volumes of digital data.
  • For instance, AI systems can rapidly take vast quantities of structured and unstructured data and identify cause and effect, and relationships between data that appears incomprehensible to the human mind.
  • AI can give this mass of data meaning by creating models and concepts.
  • In turn this can lead to new hypotheses, possible answers to questions, and provide predictions and recommendations
  • In a sense human intelligence and the digital world are beginning to converge. 

Robot-like learning

AI can also be used with IoT to create understanding between man and machine.

For instance, AI capabilities in an object such as the wall of an operating room enables smart devices to understand their environment, and then reason and learn.

For instance, the operating room wall could have embedded utilities systems that respond to someone’s voice for ‘more light’, ‘less heat’ or even ‘warm water.’

After receiving these commands a certain number of times the utilities automatically adjust without prompts.
In the near future we’re set to see an increasing use of these technologies while in the more distant future we could well trust ‘digital brains’ to take certain actions upon our behalf.

Concerns over the role of AI

Despite the benefits there are many concerns about AI:
  • Human decision-making delegated to machines
  • Technological change outpacing the development of governance and policy to regulate AI
  • Profound changes in industry which will affect employment
  • Serious concerns about privacy, transparency and security. Who is collecting what data from smart connected devices and why?

Rapid growth

The concerns outlined above are real and if not correctly addressed could undermine AI and IoT.

That said, these technologies are already being implemented at a rapid pace and the IoT industry in particular is characterised by a near unstoppable drive.

BullGuard and AI

According to the Internet Society cybersecurity is set to be the most significant challenge in the coming decade for societies all over the world as criminals increasingly target IoT devices.

It adds that the scope and severity of global cyber threats and how society responds is expected to have lasting consequences for the future of the internet.

BullGuard, however, is ahead of the curve.

Dojo by BullGuard is an easy-to-use security platform that protects IoT devices in the home, such as webcams, digital assistants like Amazon Echo and Google Home, and other connected devices.

At the core of Dojo is AI and machine learning that not only stops attacks but predicts and defends against them before they happen.