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Get Ready. 2019 Predictions About Artificial Intelligence That Will Make Your Head Spin Posted on : Dec 06 - 2018

While the hip, ubiquitous business buzzwords are cryptocurrency and blockchain, the truly formidable factor of what is being called the fourth industrial revolution is Artificial Intelligence. Whether praised as a panacea for greater business efficiency or the feared as the demise of humanity,  Artificial Intelligence is upon us and will impact business and society at large in ways that we can only begin to imagine. Fasten your seatbelts. Here's what a few influencers in the arena say is on tap for 2019.

First, Ibrahim Haddad, Director of Research at The Linux Foundation says that there are two key areas to watch.

"2019 is going to be the year of open source AI," predicts Haddad. "We’re already seeing companies begin to open source their internal AI projects and stacks, and I expect to see this accelerate in the coming year." He says that the reason for such a move is that it increases innovation, enables faster time-to-market and lower costs. "The cost of building a platform is high, and organizations are realizing the real value is in the models, training data and applications. We’re going to see harmonization around a set of critical projects creating a comprehensive open source stack for AI, machine learning and deep learning."

In addition, Haddad says that the Foundation is seeing more standardization around data licensing and AI. "We expect new efforts to emerge with the goal of curating and creating more open source data," Haddad says that this development will then open discussions for critical questions related to privacy. Tools and policies will need to be developed to safeguard privacy and "anonymize" data that is discovered. "But at the same time, it will still be necessary to have ways to track the origin of data and remove bias so look for a hotbed of activity in this area," Haddad notes.

Others are predicting to arm and prepare against cyber attacks.  Malcolm Harkins, Chief Security and Trust Officer at Cylance, a provider of AI-driven prevention-first security solutions offers an intriguing vision.  He says that terrorist-related groups will attack population centers with Crimeware-as-a-service.

Harkins explains, "While these groups have been tormenting organizations and individuals for years, we anticipate more potentially destructive attacks in 2019. Instead of breaking systems with ransomware, adversaries will leverage new tools to conduct harmful assaults on targeted subjects and organizations. From attacks on data integrity that essentially kill computers to the point of mandatory hardware replacements, to leveraging new technology for physical assaults such as the recent drone attack in Venezuela, attack surfaces are growing and enemies will take advantage."

To combat such actions Harkins suggests that organizations take inventory of their "attack landscape" to identify and mitigate potential threats before they are exploited.

However, working with such professionals to help with said task could create turmoil itself. "I think there's also going to be a revolt from security buyers on the rising cost of controls," says Harkins. "As the endless number of cyber attacks grows, thanks to the deepening implementation of Artificial Intelligence, the security industry will come under assault from its customers for perpetuating a growing burden of cost that's simply not productive to the mission of the organization." View More