MESERVE: How’s it going, folks? I’m Jeanne Meserve, a security analyst for Canada’s CTV News and the host of the NatSec Tech Podcast. And today, I’ve got the privilege of chatting with a true genius in the field, Dr. Melvin Greer. This guy is the chief data scientist at Intel, where he’s using artificial intelligence and other mind-blowing technologies to turn data into a strategic asset for global organizations. But that’s not all, he’s also a senior advisor to the FBI’s Information Technology and Data Division. Pretty freaking impressive, right?
Intel has been talking about AI as one of their superpowers, so we’re gonna dive deep into that. And not only that, we’re gonna talk about the broader impact of AI, the sweet benefits it brings, and how we can handle the risks that come along with it. We’ll also take a peek into the future and see where AI is headed. Dr. Greer, thanks a million for being here with us.
DR. GREER: Hey, Jeanne, it’s a pleasure to be here. Thanks for having me.
MESERVE: Fantastic. So, let’s start with the juicy stuff. What do you think are the major benefits that AI brings to society?
DR. GREER: Well, Jeanne, Intel is taking this idea of AI Everywhere to a whole new level. Almost every industry out there is jumping on the AI bandwagon, and those who are doing it right are making some serious strides in improving people’s lives. It’s mind-blowing, really.
Now, I know everyone’s all hyped up about this generative AI thing, but let me tell you, that’s just scratching the surface of what AI can really do. We’re talking about endless possibilities here. And Intel, well, we’re all about making sure that AI is accessible to everyone, on any device, anywhere. We’re thrilled to be part of this AI Everywhere movement.
MESERVE: That’s incredible. So, which specific industries do you see benefiting the most from AI?
DR. GREER: Oh, there’s a whole bunch of ’em, but let me highlight three for you. First up, we’ve got healthcare. It’s absolutely amazing how AI is revolutionizing immunotherapy, personalized medicine, disease research, you name it. Lives are being saved, my friend.
Then we’ve got the public sector, particularly transportation and smart cities. AI is making our cities smarter, more efficient, and just all-around awesome. And let’s not forget about finance. Personalized financial tools, fraud detection, all that good stuff. And last but not least, environmental analysis. We’re talking weather, climate, and all the environmental factors. AI is making a serious impact in these areas.
MESERVE: That’s pretty darn impressive. Now, let’s get real for a minute. What about the risks? Disinformation, for example.
DR. GREER: Oh boy, disinformation is a serious problem, no doubt about it. But here’s the thing, Jeanne. AI may be high-tech and all that jazz, but at its core, it’s a human-centric activity. We humans have the power to shape AI for good. We just need to be aware of the risks and take the necessary steps to tackle ’em head-on.
So, at Intel, we’re laser-focused on security and trust when it comes to AI. We’ve even rolled out this badass product called AI Trust Authority. It not only ensures security and privacy, but also third-party attestation. These are the key ingredients we need to eliminate or at least deal with these risks.
MESERVE: That’s absolutely crucial. Another big concern is bias and prejudice embedded in AI systems. How are you addressing that?
DR. GREER: Oh, Jeanne, I’m so glad you brought that up. This is a major concern of mine. And to tackle it, we’re ramping up the diversity within the AI development community. We need people with different perspectives, people from anthropology, ethics, sociology, community leadership, you name it. We can’t just have a bunch of like-minded folks developing and deploying these technologies. That’s a recipe for disaster, my friend. So, we’re all about diversity and ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard.
MESERVE: That’s awesome to hear. Intellectual property rights are another hot topic. What’s your take on that?
DR. GREER: Oh, man, there’s been a lot of chatter about that lately. But fear not, my friend. We’re all about advancing trust and security. And the way we do that is through our kickass products that I mentioned earlier.
MESERVE: Great stuff. Now, let’s talk about cybercrime. Does AI facilitate that?
DR. GREER: Yeah, Jeanne, I won’t lie, it’s definitely a concern. But we’re on top of it. We’re all about providing the guidance and mechanisms to understand how people are using AI. In fact, Intel has this amazing AI ethics program, think of it as a bill of rights, that ensures anyone using our technologies adheres to some basic principles. We ain’t messing around when it comes to cybercrime.
MESERVE: You’re a rockstar, Dr. Greer. Now, let’s dig into this AI Everywhere concept. Why is it so dang important?
DR. GREER: Oh, I’m glad you asked, Jeanne. AI Everywhere is absolutely vital because AI is everywhere, man. It’s a fundamental part of our society. And if we’re gonna tackle these mind-blowing transformations that AI brings, we gotta make sure it’s accessible. We’re talking about public sector services, citizen support, and making it easy-peasy for people to use AI. That’s what it’s all about, my friend.
MESERVE: Absolutely. So how do we make sure AI is indeed everywhere?
DR. GREER: Well, my friend, it’s all about collaboration and involvement. We want more people in on this action. That’s why we’re investing heavily in educational resources. Right now, there’s a shortage of AI talent, and we’re determined to fix that. We’re working with top-notch institutions and even community colleges. We’re covering all the bases, including underserved populations. We want everyone to have a chance to get in on AI and see how it can be used ethically.
MESERVE: That’s incredible. And speaking of inclusivity, how do you think we can get more minority participation in AI?
DR. GREER: Oh, Jeanne, you hit the nail on the head. Representation is key, my friend. That’s why we’re opening offices in places like Atlanta, where we know there’s more minority representation. We’re also working closely with a range of universities, not just the big guys, but historically Black colleges and universities, community colleges, you name it. We want everyone to be part of the AI conversation, to have a say in the potential harm and benefits. It’s all about deploying AI Everywhere in a responsible and inclusive way.
MESERVE: Absolutely. And finally, do you think it’s important to start AI education at a younger age, like in K-12?
DR. GREER: Absolutely, my friend. As a Black data scientist myself, I’m all about representation. That’s why I spend a ton of time in K-12, working with students on robotics, data science, and leadership skills. We gotta start ’em young and show ’em all the amazing possibilities of AI. The future starts now, and we want everyone to be a part of it.
MESERVE: You’re doing incredible work, Dr. Greer. Thank you so much for joining us today and shedding light on the incredible world of AI.
DR. GREER: Thank you, Jeanne. It’s been a blast. Keep spreading the AI love!
And there you have it, folks, a mind-blowing conversation with the brilliant Dr. Melvin Greer. The future of AI is looking brighter than ever, and we’re all in for an exciting ride. Stay tuned for more mind-bending tech discussions. Until next time, this is Jeanne Meserve signing off. Stay curious!