On 5th October, MediaNama held a #NAMAprivacy conference in Bangalore focused on Privacy in the context of Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and the issue of consent, supported by Google, Amazon, Mozilla, ISOC, E2E Networks and Info Edge, with community partners HasGeek and Takshashila Institution. Part 1 of the notes from the discussion on AI and Privacy: What happens when Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning start learning more about people than previously possible with paper records? Does the mobility of data mean that privacy is indeed dead? "Privacy is dead" Akash Mahajan, co-founder of Appsecco, believes that privacy as we know it is dead. Why? "So in terms of what will AI and ML mean for privacy, as a pessimistic view, I would say that it’s all gone." He decsribed how the very nature of data collection and storage discourage informational privacy: "There are some simple terms we go into of talking about what can happen to data when it is at rest, or in motion, and what can someone do with data. As soon as you start talking about privacy, you are going into the realm of ‘I am able to identify that this data should be acted upon, or not acted upon’, depending on the context. The healthcare data of an individual is required. Whenever it is required for the doctor or the diagnosis, it will be there. But what happens to it, and how does it reach the place where the diagnosis can happen? As and when we talk about machine…
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