October 2019
Issue 2019.2
October 2019, Volume 1910,

A Monthly News Letter From CIOs Of India


Dear Digital Leader,

A warm welcome from CIOs Of India (Powered by ISMF). As communicated to you last month that every month you will get a letter from the President’s desk on various issues that are related to technology. Sometimes newsletter will be on issues which are beyond technologies too but essential for our day to day life. I encourage you to share this with your colleagues and friends and let's create a debate, dialogue on various issues so that we can learn from each other.

I got a lot of suggestions, kudos, and feedback from some of you on last newsletter. Thanks for the same, keep sending.

As we see today there are two technology trends that are clearly visible to all of us. One is increasing use of data science, machine learning and other related technologies to create intelligent machines also termed Artificially Intelligent machines. The focus is on intelligently automating tasks so that those can be performed by machines instead of humans, hopefully with better speed and zero errors. Other is cyber-security and threat of hacking. We all are familiar with the concept of hacking. That’s is the reason we all strive to protect our digital assets from nefarious outside sources trying to break in. There is another interesting trend which is happening but we do not seem to care about and that is advancement in biology and brain science.

All three trends if combined together with intelligent use can have lot of dangerous outcomes. This dangerous outcome can be “Hacking of Humans”. Yuval Noah Harari writes in his book - 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, “we now have the tools at our disposal to hack humans.”

What actually translates to the hacking of human? Hacking of human is knowing the mind of a person better…. and if you know it better you can manipulate it too. With the right amount of technology and data, machines know us better than we know ourselves. There are only two necessary ingredients to hacking humanity and these are a lot of computing power and biometric data.

The data part is very important, whoever is having that data become very powerful as those who control these data are the potential hackers.Biometric sensors have launched us into age where we can monitor every aspect of biological life to the point that the machines know more about us than we do ourselves. Our very own personal device, our mobile phone is also a data guzzler. Data is the most important asset in this connected and hackable world.