When the internet turns on us, it’s not the internet, it is us
By James Damore, CEO of Google, Facebook, and Amazon—and a former executive of a software company—Adam Lashinsky and I were talking about the tech industry’s increasing focus on artificial intelligence.
Lashinsky said that, while the world has been increasingly digital, its increasingly becoming more of an internet of things.
In the next 10 years, he said, this new digital era will “start to impact every industry,” including healthcare, transportation, manufacturing, and more.
As the internet of everything becomes increasingly ubiquitous, the role of robots will become increasingly important.
This will require companies to think strategically about how to protect their brands, employees, and customers from artificial intelligence attacks.
For example, the company that’s most likely to suffer a software security breach is Amazon, which is using artificial intelligence to protect its products and services from hackers.
The company’s CEO Jeff Bezos told reporters this week that he is “a big believer” in artificial intelligence and “very excited” to see companies like Amazon “building a stronger future” for their customers and employees.
But in the last 10 years we’ve seen a surge of automation in everything from retail and logistics to manufacturing and other industries.
That includes things like software and robots that can be used for tasks that were previously thought impossible.
As more automation takes over, the cost of protection becomes a bigger issue.
A recent report by PricewaterhouseCoopers found that software-based protection is one of the biggest barriers to digital transformation.
“We expect that automation and artificial intelligence will become so ubiquitous that we will see more companies facing an increase in their vulnerability to cyberattacks, as they cannot protect against all possible threats, such as botnets, viruses, or other types of malicious software,” the report says.
Amazon is one company that faces this issue every day.
“Amazon’s ability to protect itself from attacks will become a critical component of any cybersecurity strategy,” the PricewaterHouseCoopers report concludes.
“As the automation of Amazon continues to accelerate, its ability to safeguard its customers and staff will become even more critical.”
Amazon, like other companies, has begun to invest in artificial-intelligence research and training, and in the past year it has invested $100 million in artificial learning research at Stanford University.
The move comes as Amazon is facing increased scrutiny from lawmakers over its practices with its self-driving cars, which have been criticized for accidents, and its reliance on drones, which it has been accused of using for commercial purposes.
Last month, the Department of Transportation announced it was investigating Amazon’s self-parking service, which could be a threat to the privacy of its customers.
The Transportation Department has also announced a $2 million fine against Amazon for failing to provide adequate data about the location of its drones.
This has created the perfect opportunity for Amazon to capitalize on the increasing vulnerability of its products to attacks.
Amazon, meanwhile, has been trying to defend itself from claims that its artificial-intelligence research was being used for nefarious purposes.
“There’s nothing nefarious about Amazon’s use of AI to protect against threats.
It’s just a way of doing things,” Bezos said this week.
Amazon also says it is investing more than $500 million into machine learning research, which will help it to understand and prevent cyberattacks.
“AI has already made a difference in the world, from reducing the amount of time people spend on the Internet, to helping us prevent mass surveillance,” said Amazon’s general manager of AI, Robyn Johnson.
“This is just a matter of putting AI to work in ways we never thought possible.”
But if companies can’t protect themselves from artificial-language attacks, how will they protect against the attacks of bots and malicious code?
We’ll soon find out.