Machine learning is a subfield of AI that uses data to inform decision-making processes, rather than relying on direct programming. By collecting vast amounts of data, AI applications can continuously refine and improve their decision-making abilities, leading to better outcomes and more advanced capabilities.
Unfortunately, the accessibility and affordability of AI have also made it a powerful tool for scammers. Voice modulation software is now used to make phone scams sound more natural, sometimes even mimicking a familiar voice. A recent report in CBC detailed how scammers used AI to con eight people in Newfoundland out of over $200,000.
To protect yourself from AI-based scams, remember to stop, look, and think when you receive unexpected communications. Avoid answering calls from unknown numbers and listen for oddities like mispronounced words or awkward pauses. When in doubt, contact the person or organization through a known, verified number or address. Report suspicious activity and reach out to CSOLVE if you have any concerns.
AI is transforming the workplace in numerous ways, but staying vigilant is essential to avoid falling victim to malicious actors. Keep yourself informed and take precautions to ensure you can harness the power of AI safely and effectively.