Over the last year, artificial intelligence (AI) has become a huge part of our everyday lives, which is something of a mixed bag that has brought along a wide variety of both positive and negative influences. On one hand, there are algorithms that are designed to perform a largely marketing-related series of tasks, which are perhaps those best known to individuals outside of the technical space. Think of the algorithms curating your TikTok feed and personalizing suggestions on YouTube. The AI that calculates your fastest morning commute based on virtual maps, your vehicle, and current traffic conditions is also a fairly visible one that has had its share of media attention.
A particular area, though, in which AI has become crucial is cybersecurity. Cybercriminals are increasingly harnessing AI to automate breaches and crack complex systems. Sophisticated, large-scale social engineering attacks and deep fakes are prime examples of this trend. Perhaps more subtle techniques, such as those involving AI-driven data compression algorithms, will soon become an even more important part of the space in the year to come.