What’s preventing Artificial Intelligence from taking the next big leap?

No one will argue that Artificial Intelligence has taken great strides in past years. Thanks to AI we’re getting targeted and personalized ads, becoming better in education, healthcare, agriculture and whatnot.

So what’s preventing Artificial Intelligence from taking the next big leap? Maybe it’s intelligence.

Fact of the matter is, AI algorithms are becoming very smart and efficient at doing specific tasks, but they’re not smart enough to explain their decisions. And neither can their creators. Continue reading

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The hard truths about the encryption debate

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In my latest piece in TechCrunch, I gave a full breakdown of the ongoing debate between government agencies and tech firms over whether consumer devices and software should be embedded with strong encryption technology, and if manufacturers should bake backdoors into their products to allow security agencies access to encrypted communications.

I had started work on the piece weeks ago, and by coincidence, the brutal Paris attacks came to pass just as I was about to submit the final draft. The tragic episode has added a new twist to this ongoing conflict, and now government officials blame secure apps and hardware – and their vendors – for providing terrorists with the right tools to keep their schemes hidden.

I’m not wont to give an opinion on such issues in my pieces, and what I detailed in the TechCrunch article was a pure analysis of the issue and a reiteration of the arguments that each of the parties involved put forth. In this blog post, I will give you the hard facts, which in my belief prove that blocking encrypted communications and installing backdoors on devices aren’t the way to stop such attacks from happening again. Continue reading

Is MI5’s case for banning WhatsApp well-founded?

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MI5 chief Andrew Parker has called for greater power in monitoring online communications, arguing that the terrorist threat to the U.K. is at its peak in the three five decades and social media networks need to share user information with governments and law enforcement agencies in order to help track and arrest persons endangering the country’s national security.

The motion set by Parker could lead to the possible banning of highly encrypted communications, which could render messaging apps such as the Facebook-owned WhatsApp and Apple-made iMessage illegal. Continue reading