Ulli Waltinger: 'As more interconnected we are, cyber threats will rise and the security will get more important in industrial sector'
It was a Wednesday morning when Ulli Waltinger received a message from his colleague: 'You flight has been cancelled, the airline company is under financial stress'. The first thing he thought of is: 'is my phone being hijacked, how is this possible?'.
Ulli Waltinger, founder and Co-Head of the Siemens AI Lab at Siemens Corporate Technology Hanza Media
We would think that this is something only a person like dr. Waltinger can think off, a person who leads Machine Intelligence Research Group and the founder and Co-Head of the Siemens AI Lab at Siemens Corporate Technology. But it's a wrong assumption. We live in the world where fake news are posing a security threat and can impact our everyday life.
- As we digitalize and as we are more interconnected cyber security needs will increase – said Waltinger.
Adria Airways airplane did stay on the ground that day and comapany collapsed in bankruptcy just like in the chain reaction following its counterpart Thomas Cook in UK. But despite all the confusions in reality or cyber reality, dr. Waltinger landed safely for his interview with Euractiv.
We often argue how the AI can take the digital transformation to the new level but only with the human help. Still it seems like innovations in AI go much faster and further than human knowledge itself. If people are not familiar with something it makes them excluded from the whole process. How can we achieve better connection between new technological inventions and people?
As broad the application field of algorithms and AI is in the world of softwares, as broad should be community in the entire life cycle of software and algorithms in the AI deployment. In this manner we need to think of data selection use, securing it is not biased, optimize systems etc.
What should be more enforced is: 'How do we make sure that results are somehow explainable or at least communicable in the real world to the community?'. At the moment the training and the development of the AI , are devoted to the very narrow set of people which are not reflecting the broad application and implication it has. In terms of digital aspects I think we live in the society which is driven by consumerism. It relies on three pillars: convenience, selection and price.When you are interacting with social networks, business platforms or shopping platforms you don't care about the complexity but about the convenience. You don't care if this product is shipped this over three continents, three countries or three regions . You want to have it tomorrow!
The second one is that you want to have a possibility of choice which is not to complex . You want to choose between: small, medium or large.Third is one is the price – we want to have pay per use service.
We live in the world where complexity arises. We are more engaged at one point and we demand more transparency in technical complex system. On the other side, we already have such a complex system so we demand actual simplicity. As for example: we all know our data is being used in social media, but we accept it because benefit of having a free e-mail account is much higher. We also live in the B2C world ( business to consumer) where you are being turned into a product. If you are not paying for it, you are the product. You asses even when you know someone is reading your e-mails with machine learning technology but at the same time you are not paying for this convenience of having a free communication.