From the Editor

In the world of artificial intelligence, new doesn’t stay new for long, and as the technology advances, so too do the complexities.

While AI is giving businesses entirely new capabilities and providing productivity advancements that were unthought of a generation ago, it is also creating new problems for businesses, many of which the average C-Suite member had never considered before the technology arose.

In the world of artificial intelligence, new doesn’t stay new for long.

In this issue of Verdict AI, we look at some of the latest advances to find out how capabilities are evolving, and look at some of the challenges the technology is producing – and how they can be managed.

We take a dive into the world of affective computing, where analytics are applied to human emotion. AI may not be the best at understanding our feelings, but it is getting better at rapid pace, and the potential for business is significant.

We also consider the increasingly fraught world of AI ethics – a topic that has dominated coverage of AI in the mainstream press, but which there has been little in the way of tangible solutions to. We look at what really matters to businesses when it comes to ethics in AI, and what meaningful action can be taken on the subject.

Issues surrounding AI don’t just remain with how it is ethically applied, however. In the world of cybersecurity, the technology is increasingly being turned to attacks – with devastating results. We find out how it is being used to aid DDoS attacks, and how it can also be used as a powerful defensive tool.

AI isn’t simply used in attacks – it can also be a target for them. We find out how AI models themselves can be targeted by malicious actors, and what damage can be done with relatively minor effort.

Plus on the robotics side of the subject, we also take a fascinating dive into the world of the smart factory, looking at how Tempo Automation’s printed circuit board smart factory is using automation to revolutionise their delivery.

For all this, and much, much more, read on in the latest Verdict AI.

Lucy Ingham