AI Apps May Pose New Security Threat

( – Artificial Intelligence can gather data on passwords merely by listening to the tap of keyboards. New research by Cornell University found that AI was able to identify the sound made by tapping each individual key during a zoom call and predict passwords with 95% accuracy. The authors of the study have subsequently warned that there is a high potential for cyber attacks using new technology.

Artificial Intelligence has rapidly advanced over the past few years amid growing concerns about its safety. Some tech giants, including Elon Musk, even warn that it could threaten humanity’s very existence.

A group called the Center for AI Safety issued a statement saying, “Mitigating the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks such as pandemics and nuclear war.” The statement was signed by a number of technology experts, including AI creators. Bill Gates also signed it and called upon governments to enact legislation that keeps up with the advancement of technology.

One of the major risks already coming into play is job loss. Artificial Intelligence is currently utilized in art, music, writing, and even television presenting. TV stations in Asia have begun using AI-generated hosts, which many viewers say they cannot distinguish from human beings.

In March, a report by investment bank Goldman Sachs estimated that AI could soon be performing a quarter of current jobs in the US and Europe. The report also claims however that the technology could provide a global GDP boost of up to 7%.

Goldman Sachs economists Joseph Briggs and Devesh Kodnani said that AI’s ability to generate content that is indistinguishable from human work is a “major advancement with potentially large macroeconomic effects.”

The World Economic Forum has warned about the cyber attack risks of AI and said the answer is to “fight machines with machines.” In other words, the answer is to develop software capable of limiting the risks of AI.

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