Google CEO: AI is probably the most important thing humanity has ever worked on

So weirdly, I picked last week to write about AI just before Google’s CEO discussed the topic at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting last week. I like to think that Eric, Larry and Sergey are avid readers of my rants, or maybe I’m a mind reader? You choose.

Here’s what Sundar Pichai, Google’s CEO said:

“AI is probably the most important thing humanity has ever worked on. I think of it as something more profound than electricity or fire.  Any time you work with technology, you need to learn to harness the benefits while minimizing the downsides.”

Profound statement. But also note there are downsides … like hackers and data security.

As we figure out how to harness many benefits from AI, I want to call attention to how we can minimize the downsides, at least in the print industry.

You’ve heard of the Internet of Things (IoT), right? It’s basically all the products, combined with the network connectivity that allows objects to connect and exchange data. With AI and IoT quickly evolving, it’s imperative that data security is part of that evolution.

As more and more devices become IoT connected, the demand for a better model of security will follow. Using AI and machine learning, devices will be able to monitor threats like malware and self-heal, making patches a thing of the past. Companies will be able to provide network analytics and real-time detection. This rapid response will mitigate damage and save lots of companies both time and money. That’s pretty awesome.

Let’s bring it back to today. Currently data breaches leave a company open to huge fines, and millions of dollars in losses. The average global cost of data breach per lost or stolen record was $158 in 2016. Healthcare organizations had an average cost of $355 per stolen record according to research by Ponemon Institute. Most companies simply cannot afford that.

Data security is my number one priority, and it’s always top of mind. In my facility, we incorporate a number of security processes, along with other safeguards – like limited user access to certain areas, shredding overages, etc. which allow us to maintain and adhere to HIPAA compliance.

We also offer our clients TO Act, which automatically notifies customers when a data breach has occurred within a 72-hour time period or less. This should be a critical piece of any Incident Response Plan strategy.

I’m looking forward to a day when print industry software can self-learn, but until then, our services can help you focus on fixing the issue instead of damage control.

Image courtesy of the movie Short Circuit.