As artificial intelligence evolves, criminals won’t be far behind

Comments Print New York Times  October 24, 2016 Imagine a phone call from your mother, seeking help because she forgot her bank password. Except it’s not your mother. The voice is computer-synthesized, a tour-de-force of artificial intelligence technology. Such a situation is still science fiction — but just barely. Software components to make such masking technology widely accessible are advancing rapidly. Recently, for example, DeepMind, an Alphabet subsidiary, said it had designed a program that “mimics any human voice.” “The thing people don’t get is that cybercrime is becoming automated and it is scaling exponentially,” said Marc Goodman, author of “Future Crimes.” The alarm about AI was sounded this year by James R. Clapper, director of national intelligence. He underscored the point that while AI would make some things easier,…

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