Get in Touch
Published: 18th December 2023 | In: Insights
By Graham Hosking, Solutions Director for Data Security & AI
As we stand on the cusp of 2024, the learnings of the past year are shaping a future where artificial intelligence (AI), cybersecurity, and sustainability are not just buzzwords but the defining forces of the tech landscape. The integration of generative AI (GenAI) into this triad is not merely transforming our defense mechanisms but is also redefining the essence of knowledge in this new digital era.
Cybersecurity: The vanguard of AI defense
With cybersecurity taking center stage in the tech narrative, the most advanced tools epitomize the avant-garde of GenAI in this domain. They already harness plugins to amalgamate diverse data types, offering rapid insights and data enrichment. By synthesizing business policies, security frameworks, and historical data, GenAI security tools provide organizations with predictive advantages, bestowing unprecedented strategic foresight.
Identity and compliance: A new AI paradigm amidst tech trends
As GenAI continues to evolve, identity verification and compliance are set for a significant overhaul. The integration of sophisticated services in these areas showcases the potential for a centralized, intelligent system that not only analyzes but also generates enhancements and updates autonomously—a system in perpetual evolution.
Knowledge is power: legal expertise powered by AI
In the legal domain, AI is revoluti
onizing how knowledge is captured and utilized. Specialists are employing AI to negotiate contracts autonomously, without human intervention. A centralized repository of collective business expertise, mirroring the Internet but centered on specialized knowledge, is becoming a reality. Here, large language models (LLMs) ingest, refine, and augment this knowledge base, even spawning innovative business improvement ideas.
The collective knowledge network: A centralized AI brain trust
The concept of a collective knowledge network—a centralized hub of business expertise—stands as the next frontier. Such a system archives information and continually learns from new data, enhancing and refining its comprehension. At present, just a handful of LLMs foreshadow this future, where AI taps into extensive knowledge reservoirs to inform decisions, suggest solutions, and propel businesses forward.
Walking forward on a balanced path
As we leverage the power of knowledge through AI, maintaining a balance between maximizing GenAI’s potential and mitigating its risks is critical. We must traverse this novel terrain with reverence for collective knowledge and the powerful tools that harness it.
Emerging tech trends: The regulatory and realism challenges
According to insights for the year ahead, nations are gearing up to introduce new regulations for AI, with leaders and experts from AI labs actively participating in crucial discussions. This collaboration is pivotal as we navigate the delicate balance of innovation and control in AI deployment. The call for an Intergovernmental Panel on AI, akin to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), emphasizes the need for impartial, authoritative expertise to guide global responses to AI challenges.
Furthermore, as generative AI becomes adept at creating indistinguishably real content, the rise of deepfakes and AI-generated disinformation is becoming a serious concern. The technology’s advances in content creation are staggering, with deepfakes now playing significant roles in information warfare and election meddling. As realism improves, the need for robust content provenance and transparency technologies becomes more pressing.
The AI revolution in cybersecurity, identity, and compliance is underpinned by the formidable force of knowledge and shaped by emerging tech trends. With sophisticated AI tools at our disposal, we stand on the cusp of cultivating a centralized intelligence repository that will redefine expertise and decision-making across industries. As we embrace this transformative journey, we must do so with enthusiasm for the possibilities and the caution necessary to safeguard our collective digital future.
About the Author
Graham Hosking is Solutions Director for Data Security & AI at Quorum Cyber, where he helps customers to comply with industry regulations, manage data security, govern the data life cycle and prepare for Microsoft Copilot. Trained as a technical architect, Graham has over 20 years of experience – including six at Microsoft – in creating business strategies and delivering projects for diverse organisations from banks and insurance companies to central government, police forces, and charities.