Keynote Roundup: Kevin Warwick

Infosecurity Europe

Keynote Roundup: Kevin Warwick, Emeritus Professor, Universities of Reading & Coventry

Missed Kevin Warwick’s keynote on Artificial Intelligence, Implants & Future Security Issues? Not to worry, here’s an overview of all the key points.



What was covered in your Infosecurity Europe keynote?

  • A look at the use of artificial intelligence, partly to link human brains with computers, therefore opening up all sorts of security issues.
  • The use of artificial intelligence to fool you into thinking maybe a machine is a human, can you tell the difference?

Why is that such an important issue for the industry at the moment?

  • We are already seeing the use of technology to help people with Parkinsons disease, with pacemakers, all sorts of medical issues which are opening up quite strange security problems.
  • There is potential to hack in to these things, not into a network or computer but into someone’s brain.
  • It’s a whole new idea of what security involves, for example can you tell what someone is thinking or even what they are going to be thinking before they even know it themselves.

What were the key points the audience took away from your session?

  • Having implants myself allowed me to experiment and extend my nervous system across the internet.
  • I was able to control a robot hand from the US and feel what the hand was feeling.
  • That’s great from a technological point of view, it’s great to extend human ability.
  • That does open up incredible security problems, who’s going to hack in to my extended nervous system and change what I am thinking about?

What are your recommendations for anyone out there addressing this issue?

  • If we look at the potential effect of artificial intelligence on cyber security, it’s two-fold:
  • It will give us a lot more power in terms of tackling and improving security.
  • It will also give the hackers, the bad guys, a lot more power in breaking down security.
  • Artificial intelligence is really going to change the whole security landscape, both for good and bad.

How do you think this issue will develop over the next 12 months?

  • Networks are critical, they are becoming even more connected than ever before, connected to pockets of intelligence.
  • That opens up enormous security problems that we have never seen before. 

Like what you’ve heard so far? You can listen to Kevin’s full keynote or download the podcast from Itunes below.


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