Google CEO voices his concerns regarding AI and its potential harmful damages in the future

Google CEO voices his concerns regarding AI and its potential harmful damages in the future

Sundar Pichai, Google CEO gave a statement on Monday regarding Artificial Intelligence and its increasingly widespread applications in our daily lives. He stated that Artificial Intelligence technology needs to be regulated in order to save mankind from its potential damages in the future. He further emphasized that although artificial intelligence has changed our lives in numerous ways, one cannot overshadow the risks it possesses in the future. 

Google is one of the most prominent AI developers in the world and it’s product Google Assistant, is all about innovative technology. It is also working on a number of other AI products, such as driverless cars and Google Cloud.

Many technological innovations have eased human lives and efforts over time but have ultimately caused harm as well. Common examples include the internal combustion engines that revolutionized the concept of traveling but ultimately caused more accidents as well. Mr Pichai stated that companies shouldn’t be able to 

“just build promising new technology and let market forces decide how it will be used, It is equally incumbent on us to make sure that technology is harnessed for good and available to everyone.” 

Pichai further added that wicked uses of facial recognition and falsity on the internet, such as deepfakes, are examples of the negative consequences of AI.

Companies that are working on Artificial Intelligence technologies need to be legitimately held accountable for their actions and face severe penalties if they don’t follow international rules and regulations.

Google Warns 12,000 Victims of Government Hacks

Google Warns 12,000 Victims of Government Hacks

In just three months, from July to September 2019, Google sent out 12,000 warnings to people who were suspected of being targeted by a government-backed hacking attempt. Google’s Threat Analysis Group revealed in a blog post that during the three months from July to September this year, users across 149 countries were warned that they were targeted by government-backed attackers. The majority of the users were in America and 90% were targeted with phishing emails that were trying to steal the login details for Google accounts of users. 

Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) serves to counter targeted and government-backed hacking against Google and its users. According to Google, the data was consistent with the number of warnings sent in the period of 2018 and 2017. This meant that the nation-state hackers didn’t step up their level of attacks. 

The Threat Analysis Group has been tracking numerous government-sponsored hackers, most prominently a group called Sandworm. The US government considers Sandworm a Russian-backed crew that was responsible for the catastrophic NotPetya ransomware attacks of 2017. In November 2018, Sandworm was targeting Android users. 

High-risk users like journalists, human rights activists, and political campaigns are advised by Google to use their Advanced Protection Program (APP). It bundles secret keys onto USB and Bluetooth devices that the user connects to their device after entering the password for their Google account. The hacker has to have access to that physical key to get access to that account even if they have the login password. An average user can also use that same kind of protection who is particularly concerned about their privacy and security.