In Philip K. Dick’s 1956 “The Minority Report,” murder was eradicated due to the “Pre-Crime Division,” which anticipated and prevented crime before it happened. Sixty years later, elements of pre-crime cybersecurity technology are already in place. But how do we toe the line between safety and Big Brother? This panel will discuss the history of predictive analytics, privacy implications of monitoring and how AI/machine learning will shape society in the future.
Joe Brown, Editor in Chief of Popular Science
Dr. Richard Ford, Chief Scientist at Forcepoint
Jennifer Lynch, Senior Staff Attorney, Civil Liberties at EFF
David Brin, Scientist, Futurist and Author
Dr. Richard Ford
Dr. Richard Ford is the chief scientist at Forcepoint, overseeing technical direction and innovation for the company’s human-centric security approach; previously, he was CTO at Forcepoint. He graduated from the University of Oxford in 1992 with a doctorate in quantum physics.
Richard has worked extensively in computer security and malicious mobile code prevention at IBM Research and Verio. He was also a professor and head of the computer science and cybersecurity department at the Florida Institute of Technology
He is a member of CARO, and a past President/CEO of AMSTO, the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization. When not carrying out research in computer security, he loves to fly and is an instrument rated private pilot, as well as a three-time winner of the National Flute Association’s Big Band Jazz competition.