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IoT and Artificial Intelligence are we prepared for cyber attacks?

By Dane Avanzi

Despite massive investments by technology giants, the Internet of Things may take longer to flourish – contrary to what more optimistic estimates boast. The difficulty is not the technology itself, nor the habits of the people, who easily get used to situations that make their lives easier.

From the door of the labs inside everything can be solved with work and research. The problem is from the door out. I refer to the dark side of the force. Known as hackers, they have been a nightmare for all internet users: generals, bankers, heads of state and even housewives.

Of all the industries that invest heavily in IoT projects, the most advanced is the auto industry. So much so that today driverless vehicles are already a reality, a fact that puts us in the anteroom of Artificial Intelligence.

However, the Internet of Things will go a long way to becoming a reality and actually incorporating into people’s lives. Of all the challenges facing today, the cybersecurity issue is the most difficult to address. Last week we watched another chapter in this story with the publication of a concluding report by Senator Edward J. Markey on the safety and privacy of US motor vehicle owners. Today, in the United States, all vehicles have some kind of factory-built embedded wireless device.

The report is based on a question directed to twenty US-based carmakers in 2013 about companies’ best practices and policies regarding the resilience of hacker attacks. The document also warns of protecting information about their consumers’ habits and travel history. The answers were not satisfactory at all. Regarding the information privacy policy, half (50%) stated that they collect information about their clients’ route offline, 25% do it in real time, 6% do not collect information and 19% abstained from responding.

On the issue of cyberattack resiliency, only two vehicle manufacturers were able to demonstrate that they have effective means of monitoring and responding to a virus or malware attack. In high-end vehicles, a cyberattack can be devastating, allowing the hacker to do virtually anything in the vehicle, such as controlling brakes, steering, or opening doors, for example. A cyberattack was simulated by a hacker who could control the vehicle completely.

In short, in the US it has been proven by the Senate that the security and privacy of the citizen are seriously compromised due to inconsistency and inadequacy of processes, procedures and policies regarding the issues under discussion.

Such questions, privacy and security, are just two small streams that eventually flow into the main river of the Internet of Things, where there is a sea of ??unanswered questions today. The main one is: what is the impact of this not so distant scenario for humanity? We must consider that the natural advancement of computers will make them able to think and make decisions.

According to privileged minds such as Stephen Hawking and Bill Gates, Artificial Intelligence can spell the end of the human race or, at the very least, a great risk to humanity as we know it today. Such a debate is not current and was the subject of study by Nietzsche (in “Thus Spake Zarathustra”) and Arthur C. Clarke (in 2001: A Space Odyssey). Just as the men of prehistory evolved into what we are today, what will come after the afterlife? Here’s what is really under discussion when we talk about the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence.

Dane Avanzi is a businessman, lawyer and vice president of Aerbras – Association of Radiocommunication Companies of Brazil.

About Aerbras:
www.aerbras.com.br / (11) 2219-0130
The Association of Radiocommunication Companies of Brazil – Aerbras – is a non-profit organization that brings together the associations of the states of São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro and Espirito Santo. The main objective is to integrate companies in the sector and increase the projection of associates in the domestic market, as well as promoting radio communication in Brazil at meetings, lectures, fairs and congresses.

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