Last updated at Fri, 12 May 2023 18:04:28 GMT

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is both a profound topic and now, a practical one too: cybersecurity marketers in particular are loving the letters “A” an “I.” But exactly where are we?

Everybody knows an early version of Bing AI spawned a weird personality named “Sidney” and expressed the desire to be both human and destructive. Then there’s that “AI pause” letter almost everybody signed. And now this, from the New York Times: the godfather of AI, Geoffrey Hinton, 75, is leaving Google. He wants to speak freely about the grave dangers he predicts: “It is hard to see how you can prevent the bad actors from using it for bad things.”

A part of him, Hinton said, has come to regret his life’s work.

According to Wired, security researchers are “jailbreaking large language models to get around safety rules.” Our life’s work? Yours? It’s more important than ever. We just might save humanity. But that’s for later…

Separating real and hype about AI and cybersecurity

Rapid7 Detection and Response Practice Advisor Jeffrey Gardner and Stephen Davis, Lead Technical Customer Advisor for MDR may get profound in the future—but this episode is 100% practical and useful right now.

Around the 5:00 mark, they go through exactly how AI is being used in cybersecurity today (and not used, no matter what you hear).

And around the 7:00 mark, heed Gardner’s passionate warning about what you and all your company staff need to think about every time you engage with an AI tool. Every time. In any way. Seriously. Gardner and Stephen are funny, but this warning sure isn’t.