Ethics of Artificial Intelligence (AI) hinges on privacy and surveillance ethics. It is estimated that by 2025 there will be 75 million smart connected devices used in our homes, offices and beyond, with the independent capacity to sense, process and make decisions. It’s clear that security, privacy and surveillance standards must be priority throughout the entire development and utilization process of all new technology.
A recent article from Forbes states that, “the absolute highest required level of security and protection of data must be incorporated in both hardware and software, which will ensure that it is already configured into all steps of the development and supply chain — beginning with design all the way through to the technology's business and utilization model.”
In today’s society, our data is being collected at astonishing rates and in surprising ways. In some of the biggest and most frequented companies such as Amazon, Google, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft, a lot of the data appears to be collected in exploitative ways, manipulating human weaknesses and addictive tendencies.
Data science and private companies have turned their attention to developing ways to protect our identities and preserve our privacy through encryption, anonymization, and access control, among other models.
Privacy security has now proven itself to be a lucrative and competitive advantage in the business market.
For the moment, there are no worldwide laws and regulations regarding privacy and surveillance in the world of Artificial Intelligence. Though the US, EU and other countries have begun this imperative process.
Bringing the different entities of AI creators, users and governing bodies into agreement is going to take time. Controlling the collection, dissemination and usage of data is much harder in the digital world than in the analog world.
Luckily, the field of Ethics in AI is gaining traction among the brightest minds as the need for standardized regulation becomes clearer each day.
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