AI trusted to manage cyber security

People are becoming increasingly trusting of artificial intelligence (AI), to the extent that they would trust it to manage cyber security, according to a new report.

Palo Alto Networks surveyed more than 10,000 people in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and found 26 per cent would prefer their online security to be managed by AI as opposed to a human.

In the UK specifically, this figure was 21 per cent, suggesting they already have a lot of faith in machine learning and its capabilities.

Meanwhile, 29 per cent of those who preferred AI said they believe having the extra cyber security checks in place is having a positive impact on their overall online experience.

Palo Alto spokesperson Greg Day said he finds it encouraging to see the gap closing between human and AI-managed security technologies.

"AI is already playing a vital role in cyber security, helping to detect and prevent breaches with new capabilities that the human brain simply could not achieve," he added.

In 2013, a widespread poll of AI experts suggested there is a 50/50 chance human-level AI could emerge by 2040.

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