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AI and Autonomy

Over 75% of surveyed organizations thinking about banning ChatGPT: BlackBerry research

Most individuals also recognize Generative AI’s potential for the professional environment

75% of organizations thinking about banning ChatGPT: BlackBerry research
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Not everyone seems to be on board with the artificial intelligence revolution, and in fact, some companies are taking steps to stop it.

According to new research published Wednesday by BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB) (TSX: BB) Over 75 per cent of organizations surveyed worldwide are either implementing or considering bans on ChatGPT and other Generative AI software in the workplace.

The information stems from a BlackBerry survey involving 2,000 IT decision-makers spanning the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Japan and Australia.

Another 61 per cent of the companies considering banning generative AI intend for it to be long term or permanent with the reasons behind the action being associated risks to data security, privacy and corporate reputation. Among those, 83 per cent voiced concerns that unsecured applications could theoretically pose a cybersecurity threat to their IT environment.

Although a significant portion leans towards complete prohibitions, most individuals also acknowledge the potential of Generative AI applications in the professional environment. Individuals see the chance for these tools to boost efficiency (55 per cent), drive innovation (52 per cent) and elevate creativity (51 per cent).

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Strong support for AI for cybersecurity defense: BlackBerry research

Concerning the implementation of Generative AI tools for cybersecurity defense, an overwhelming majority of respondents (81 per cent) express their support. This suggests that IT decision-makers are keen on staying proactive and not allowing cybercriminals to gain the advantage.

“Banning Generative AI applications in the workplace can mean a wealth of potential business benefits are quashed,” said Shishir Singh, chief technology officer of cybersecurity at BlackBerry.

Singh suggests that as platforms develop and regulations become active, there is potential to incorporate flexibility into company policies. The crucial factor here is ensuring the presence of appropriate tools for observing, tracking and overseeing workplace applications.

The study also unveiled that even though 80 per cent of IT decision makers agree that organizations have the right to manage the applications used by employees for business-related purposes, 74 per cent believe that such prohibitions indicate “excessive control” over both corporate and personal devices.

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Tech companies call for caution about AI

IBM (NYSE: IBM) is committed to responsible AI use and emphasizes transparency, fairness and accountability in AI systems. It advocates for ethical AI development and aim to address potential biases and risks associated with AI technologies.

Social media giant, Meta Platforms Inc (NASDAQ: META), has faced criticism for AI algorithms that impact content distribution and misinformation. The company is working to mitigate these concerns by refining algorithms and improving content moderation.

Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA), led by Elon Musk, has expressed concerns about AI safety, particularly in autonomous vehicles. Musk himself has been quite vocal about the dangers of artificial intelligence, calling for a temporary pause on development of advanced artificial intelligence.

The Government of Canada has also committed to the safe and ethical use of artificial intelligence. It promises open and honest communication and transparency, and to ensure that the uses are in the public’s best interest.

At the same time, the government will teach its workers how to use AI responsibly. This training will help them use AI in ways that make things better for everyone, ensuring that AI is used wisely in public services.


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