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Editor Introduction

Suddenly, artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere. The smart technology brings a range of benefits to our lives, from streamlining everyday tasks to making scientific breakthroughs. The advantages of AI and machine learning (ML) also include automating repetitive tasks, analyzing vast amounts of data, and minimizing human error. But how do these benefits apply to the physical security industry, and is there a downside? We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: 

What are the benefits, and drawbacks, of using artificial intelligence (AI) in physical security?

dan berg headshotAdept at recognizing patterns and trends and recognizing people, vehicles and objects, AI/ML can strengthen security by quickly and accurately detecting attempted intrusions, suspected criminal activity, and safety violations. The danger of using this revolutionary tool is the same as with using any other tool – using it inappropriately. Treating AI/ML as infallible or relying on it as the sole source of information, or – even worse – letting it make decisions for us, will lead to undesirable and potentially tragic results. Artificial intelligence is not taking over the world – not yet, anyway. But using this new tool incorrectly or not understanding that it is just a tool will lead to bad outcomes, for us and the technology. Misuse will result in public distrust and possibly banning of the technology, preventing the ability to leverage an extremely effective tool.

Editor Summary

AI is constantly evolving, and its potential benefits continue to grow, both in society at large and in the physical security industry. However, it is important to remember that AI is a tool, and like any tool, it can be used for good or bad. Responsible development and implementation are crucial to maximize AI benefits to the security industry, and to all of humanity.

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