This week Dr. Ann Cavoukian shared her thoughts as a guest columnist on the Toronto Sun to reiterate the importance of embedding privacy as well as decentralizing data.
Since the resignation from Sidewalk Labs, Dr. Cavoukian has taken the time to review and reflect upon the prevalent issue of increased personal information being housed in central databases with the ability to be controlled by a few dominant players. This, in turn, opens up the possibility of either having the data hacked or used for unintended purposes.
To date, well known academic, business and innovative leaders such as Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Elon Musk have continued to warn society on the dystopian-like artificial intelligence (AI), which could potentially control society. This is based on the current structure of our data, where the AI simply needs access to vast amount of information (both personal and otherwise) from centralized databases in order to gain control. Think of Skynet from the Terminator.
In light of this dangerous direction, we as creative and innovative individuals must think ahead to prevent such circumstances from occurring. Hence actions such as decentralization, encryption and open-source software are vital to ensuring privacy while maintaining freedom.
Click here to read the full article on the Toronto Sun.