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Digital Insecurities

The Unintended Consequences of Increased Cybersecurity

As we discover new technologies the uses can be explored for different types of use. Both the power of the most advanced computing and the need to protect or secure is proliferating. This race to the bottom or top has consequences as much as we talk about cybersecurity we should talk about digital insecurity with the bad consequences that may follow.

Mindmap on Digital Insecurity by Alex Moltzau

1 — Quantum Computers, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain

Quantum computers aren’t limited to two states; they encode information as quantum bits, or qubits, which can exist in superposition. Qubits represent atoms, ions, photons or electrons and their respective control devices that are working together to act as computer memory and a processor.

  1. Reasoning (using rules to reach approximate or definite conclusions)
  2. Self-correction

2 – Large scale encryption of infrastructure and resource use

A blockchain, originally block chain, is a growing list of records, called blocks, which are linked using cryptography. Each block contains a cryptographic hash of the previous block, a timestamp and transaction data. It is therefore by design resistant to modification of data. However as we may be able to understand this technology takes energy as well, and it has been criticised for this aspect of its usage.

3 – Worsening the Current Climate Crisis

As I wrote in a previous article named AI for Good and AI for Bad we have to seriously consider the impact and contribution artificial intelligence has to worsening the climate crisis. Five percent of the global energy use today is by electronics, and the data centre industry is doing what it can to implement energy efficiency standards. Yet such as is the case with most climate-related consumption it is only partly a solution to approach operations.

Our Digital Insecurity

As was said in the summary of Thomas Hylland Eriksen’s book Overheating: an anthropology of accelerated change:

What is #500daysofAI?

I am challenging myself to write and think about the topic of artificial intelligence for the next 500 days with the #500daysofAI. It is a challenge I invented to keep myself thinking of this topic and share my thoughts.

This is inspired by the film 500 Days of Summer where the main character tries to figure out where a love affair went sour, and in doing so, rediscovers his true passions in life.

AI Policy and Ethics at Student at University of Copenhagen MSc in Social Data Science. All views are my own.