TheInnovator – Jennifer Schenker – 7/1/18
Debra Danielson is a Distinguished Engineer and Senior Vice President, Merger and Acquisition Strategy at CA Technologies, which makes agile, automation, analytics and cybersecurity software. She also serves on the board for CA’s innovation incubator (CA Accelerator), and is an executive advisor for private equity firm Strattam Capital. A recognized expert in acquisition-focused technology evaluation and technical due diligence, her 25+ year career has spanned technical, strategic, operational and managerial roles. Danielson holds more than eleven patents in IT management and security disciplines. She recently spoke to The Innovator about the risks the introduction of AI poses to corporates.
Q: What risks does the introduction of AI pose to corporates?
DD: The most important thing senior executives should consider when adding AI into their organization or products are the less than obvious elements. It is easy to see and understand how deep learning and AI can help you become more efficient but it is not always clear where the risks and concerns are. It is important for an organization to understand how their algorithms are actually making decisions. because if you don’t, then you don’t know if your algorithms are aligned with laws and/ or your values. In addition, there is an opportunity for black hats or nefarious players to attack your algorithms with techniques like data injection. It is bias in, bias out, or in the case of data injection, direct manipulation of the algorithms. Either way you end up with something that is not in the best interest of the organization.