Artificial Intelligence: Friend or Foe? 2.0

As we delve into the second half of 2023, the topics of AI and cyber security continue to be at the forefront of technological advancements and discussions. Following a successful webinar in July, we felt compelled to keep the conversation going and explore some of the latest developments in these fields.

The webinar covered a wide range of topics, including education, regulation, innovative use cases, and the challenges posed by malicious actors. In this blog post, we will delve into the highlights of the webinar and consider some crucial implications for the future of AI and cyber security.

AI in Educational Settings

Education has been profoundly impacted by AI technology, and it presents both opportunities and challenges. During the webinar, Melanie shared a compelling anecdote about her daughter using ChatGPT to research potential exam questions, aiding her study process. On the flip side, instances were discussed where students were caught using AI tools to write their essays, leading to new regulations requiring end-of-term exams to be handwritten.

AI can significantly assist in educational settings, such as helping students understand complex concepts by using AI to explain code snippets. This raises an intriguing question: will the next generation of students become the educators, guiding us on how to effectively use AI technology in education?

Policies and Procedures

One of the key challenges with AI adoption is defining appropriate policies and procedures. Can AI tools be completely banned, or will users find ways to circumvent such measures? The panellists emphasized the importance of well-defined policies with robust safeguards, ensuring that sensitive information, including intellectual property and customer data, is not inadvertently shared with AI models.

Additionally, it is crucial for individuals to understand the consequences of violating these policies. Education and awareness about the potential risks associated with AI usage can help foster responsible AI practices.

Innovative Use Cases for AI

The panellists also showcased some exciting and practical applications of AI. One notable example involved using census data to model future populations and make informed decisions about funding for public institutions. This demonstrates how AI can positively impact government policies and resource allocation.

Another innovative use case involved AI pop-ups that warn users about potentially malicious links, helping to safeguard against cyber threats. This real-time application of AI technology highlights its potential in ensuring online safety.

Considerations for Future Implications of AI and Cyber Security

As AI continues to evolve, it is essential to consider the implications it may have on global connectivity, particularly for the 2.7 billion people who are still not connected to the internet. The widespread adoption of AI technology could lead to significant changes in the way information is accessed, shared, and utilized.

Moreover, the convergence of quantum computing and AI raises intriguing possibilities and challenges. The combination of these two technologies could accelerate AI's capabilities but may also lead to unprecedented security vulnerabilities.

The question of which countries are considered 'bad actors' in the AI landscape is critical. Establishing global standards for AI safety requires collaboration and representation from all stakeholders. Open dialogue and cooperation are crucial to address potential security risks and ethical concerns.


As AI and cyber security continue to dominate the technological landscape in 2023, it is essential to keep the conversation alive and explore the possibilities and challenges they present. The webinar highlighted various areas where AI is making a positive impact, such as in education and public services. However, it also underscored the need for robust policies and ethical considerations to address potential risks associated with AI technology.

As we move forward, it is imperative to ensure that AI is used responsibly, and global standards are set to ensure the safety and security of all users. By embracing the potential of AI while remaining vigilant about its implications, we can harness the power of this technology for the betterment of society. Together, we can pave the way for a secure and prosperous future powered by AI.

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