Artificial intelligence: Here is how to balance privacy and technology

The UK relies on the Data Protection Act, 1998, whereas the US relies on a collection of federal privacy-related/broad consumer-related laws that regulate the collection and use of personal data, preventing unfair or deceptive practices involving the disclosure of personal information. Technology has penetrated our daily lives in a quiet unobtrusive fashion. We don’t blink, when the search engine in our computer suggests relevant searches, or the online market place already knows our favourite colognes and other shopping preferences, or when our phones type the next anticipated words, the tablets are commanded through voice recognition, and the TV commercial enlightens us, on how to activate our air conditioner using a mobile device, so that we reach home to an ambient temperature. When computer systems clone human intelligence and are able to visualise, and perform speech recognition we enter the arena of artificial intelligence (AI)—a stream of computer science wherein computers are engineered to reason, and thereafter process decisions, like human beings. The fight between man and machine is time immemorial and with each technological advance there are benefits and costs, whether it’s jobs or the loss of privacy. How prepared is India—the architect of the technological boom—in terms of legislation…


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