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Geopolitical Shifts Affect AI, Data Privacy


Aug 19, 2019

Avoiding a tip of that balance into dangerous territory is important, said Kon Leong, CEO of ZL Technologies.

“If information is power, then private information multiplies that power,” Leong said.

The ways that information could be used are increasing in scope and power, including facial recognition and DNA analysis. Regulations like GDPR or existing federal laws put restrictions on those uses, Leong said, but they can be rolled back, or the information flow redirected, by governments as needed–for example, if a state of emergency is declared.

“In all the recorded history of human civilization, there is ample evidence that power inevitably corrupts government,” Leong said. “Now, more than ever, we should watch out for the law of unintended consequences.”

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