Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Major Technology Trends and Challenges in 2017

By Mr Leon Zhang, Marketing Head, South Asia, Meizu

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Biometric identification can be used in tandem with passwords for two-factor authentication or multifactor authentication. When a person accesses an online service, such as a bank or email account, biometric authentication can capture the account holder’s eye image after the password has been entered. Biometric information is an excellent security mechanism because cyber criminals cannot access this unique data.

Privacy and Control

Limitless data is being transferred between all devices, allowing access to practically infinite information worldwide. With billions of new devices and technologies emerging, cloud computing will be the sole domain to store and analyse such massive data. In other words, as cloud computing is vital to IoT, these technologies will need to be extremely well synchronised with future smart gadgets of all kinds in order to attract the interest of consumers.

In this scenario, the main challenge will be the tremendous outflow of personal data to the outside world, making everyone’s lives an open book and breaching the personal security layer. Therefore, cyber security will become a major concern for everyone to protect personal information. Indeed, people are already enjoying and living in a virtual world, which is making everyone akin to robots.

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Against this backdrop, the advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI) brings new advances to the fore. As AI scales new levels, humans are being beaten in many fields traditionally considered the sole preserve of human intelligence, including chess and Go. The latter is a Chinese game considered more complex than chess. Robots with AI are even programmed to mimic human facial emotions.

As things stand, AI is poised to take over human work. While this will definitely speed up the pace of work, there are seen and unforeseen perils in AI. The framework of AI is such that humans will be imparting machines the ability to think. This can be constructive as well as destructive. The latter is truly frightening because machines could think and perform tasks as per their cold calculations and comfort levels, while human ‘masters’ remain mere spectators in everything with little power to stop any negative initiative or outcome.

Is this a safe scenario? Not at all! With AI and other technological advancements, it is imperative we decide extremely carefully about the extent humans can permit technology to rule their lives. We should ensure that not only do we enjoy innovative technologies but also do so safely in future.

Such a safe scenario may only be possible if AI is perpetually programmed to operate under human command only with an auto-stop or self-destruct mechanism that prevents machines from turning upon humans. The wellbeing of the human race could depend upon it…




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