Whether with the invention of the wheel, electricity, or the internet, revolutionary innovations in technology have fundamentally changed the world and opened doors for world-changing development.
The innumerable benefits associated with such transformative inventions have been clear and irrefutable.
Today in 2023, the world stands at the brink of another enormous change, with artificial intelligence (or AI) entering the commercial market and set to become a predominant influence over virtually every aspect of life in the not-too-distant future.
In recent months, AI has generated considerable international attention. To some extent, this attention has focused on AI‘s potential to assist humanity in resolving some of the world’s greatest challenges – from a cure for cancer to solutions to climate change.
But much of the attention has also focused on the potential pitfalls associated with AI – as a likely catalyst for mass unemployment, to the nightmare scenarios associated with an artificial mind taking the fate of the world into its own ‘hands.’
AI and terrorists
One facet that has not been considered with anywhere near the same level of attention is the prospect of terrorists exploiting AI technology as a means to significantly empower their capabilities and destructive agendas.
In modern history, terrorists have consistently been swift and often highly effective at exploiting new technology to their own advantage.
Few envisioned 20 years ago that social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter would play host not only to families sharing personal vacation photographs but also to apocalyptic terrorists plotting attacks, trading in weapons and recruiting worldwide adherents.