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How Could AI Change Cyber Law Going Forward?

Artificial intelligence has been one of the biggest buzzwords over the past couple of years. Although it has been an academic discipline since 1956, artificial intelligence has recently become a massive part of our lives. The initial stages of its development were in the 1960s and 1970s, and scientists from the period were convinced that if they managed to create artificial intelligence, it would be the most revolutionary invention mankind had ever seen. The recent developments in artificial intelligence in programs such as ChatGPT and other generative AI technology have made people start to worry about how will AI impact on cyber law and workplaces going into the future. 

Recent studies suggest that 18% of the global workforce could be automated with artificial intelligence. It is predicted that administrative jobs, legal jobs, and architectural jobs are likely to be the most affected by the artificial intelligence boom. Even industry leaders, such as Steve Wozniak, Rachel Bronson, and Elon Musk have all signed an open letter to the industry asking to halt the roll-out of AI programs in order to manage this – but the effects of AI on industries are yet to be seen fully. 

However, one of the main areas artificial intelligence could transform is cyber law. Cyber law refers to laws that protect businesses and people against cybercrime and sets out protocols people need to follow when they may have fallen victim to a cyber attack. There are many ways AI could change cyber law, for better or for worse, or change the way that businesses and everyday users interact with the internet. If you regularly use the internet, you need to be aware of how artificial intelligence could transform the internet and cyber law.

Here are 5 possible ways AI could change cyber law as it evolves over time. 

#1 AI Could Become Exclusive

One of the main ways that the rise of artificial intelligence could become a concern for cyber law is the number of bad actors that are currently using AI in order to hack people. Artificial intelligence is a very useful tool for cybercriminals as it can automate cyber attacks, scan for attack areas, and generate content that will resonate with people from all over the world, across a wide range of demographics. Artificial intelligence programs could become exclusive and only a select few could be authorised to use it by law, changing the so-called democratisation of artificial intelligence and how the everyday person interacts with AI programs. 

#2 The Law Might Require Defense Programs To Have AI

With cyber criminals having access to artificial intelligence in order to make their hacking more sophisticated, defence against cyber attacks will also need to use artificial intelligence in order to combat it fully. Cyber security services are using artificial intelligence to identify unusual patterns in traffic, summarise huge amounts of data, automate tasks, and detect sensitive information online. As we go into the future, the law may require cybersecurity services to use artificial intelligence to ensure that clients are protected against the ever-changing cyber scam landscape. 

#3 We Could See AI Used In International Affairs

Many cyber commentators raise concerns about how artificial intelligence could change international affairs. Countries such as Russia and China will not slow down the development of artificial intelligence, which could affect the global economy overall. If countries will not pledge to not use artificial intelligence in warfare, we could see how AI could hugely impact international affairs. This could mean that the landscape of international war changes, and change how countries interact with each other on a political level. 

#4 AI Development Could Be Artificially Stunted To Prevent Unemployment

For business leaders such as Steve Wozniak, Rachel Bronson, and Elon Musk to sign a letter about regulating artificial intelligence, the threat to employment across the world must be significant. Many commentators have suggested that artificial intelligence should be regulated to prevent mass unemployment, and we could see this written into law sometime soon. Although this is a controversial move, it does have support, particularly as the job market has been taking a nose dive and the cost of living crisis is making employment a very sore subject for many. 

#5 Cyber Insurance Rates Could Rise (Or Fall) Massively

Export credit insurance rates rose massively during the pandemic because international export became harder than ever. Similarly, cyber insurance rates are predicted to be dubious for the next few years, as the industry adapts to the AI boom. Some commentators predict that cyber insurance rates will rise due to the cost of artificial intelligence implementation, and the amount of work that will be needed to protect against evolving cyber attackers. However, many suggest that cyber insurance rates may fall, because of the productivity and streamlining of structure that AI could bring. 

Final Thoughts

Artificial intelligence could have a massive impact on cyber law and the internet going forward, particularly if you’re a business owner. Make sure you keep an eye on recent AI developments to protect yourself online, and take the steps to prepare for the AI revolution. 

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