5 Red Flags That Tell You Vendors Are Lying About AI

The term Artificial Intelligence has become a buzzword that people use in sales pitches all the time. You will hear about it in the latest ad copy for new gadgets and programs. It also happens to be the most important tool in the cyber security field. It has helped process big data, which is impossible to process manually. When juggernauts in the industry like Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Facebook are collecting big data from their users, they tend to be extremely careful about protecting all digital assets while maintaining great standards when it comes to data storage.

Here you will learn how to distinguish between a service provider that is truly using artificial intelligence in their product, and has enough big data that it helps them form such technology, from those that are simply using the allure of the term AI to attract new customers. This article could be useful for customers and investors as well to understand the real state of the AI at the vendor/startup side.

#1 No demo at your side

#2 No demo with your own data

#3 Undisclosed data sources and sizes

Important things which you must know to trust the AI are:

  1. The source of data sets. In most cases vendors are using public sources such as stocks history, government provided data or open source collections.
  2. Size of the training set in rows, samples, gigabytes, whatever. Vendors definitely know the exact numbers.

#4 Algorithm details

#5 No reference customers

All these red flags mean that the company doesn’t really use AI in its product and won’t be able to provide a high standard of quality. And the final recommendation is to keep in mind that AI is evolving, and there is a long way to go. Honestly, nobody knows how to fully use it. So, if company claims that its AI system has never had problems and always worked perfectly, it’s a lie. AI is in an unstable stage; it’s a black hole and everyone hopes that there is a Holy Grail to be found in the middle of it. That’ s why the tech world is going crazy over AI and hopes to get a real big catch.

Good luck!

CEO at Wallarm. Application security platform to prevent threats and discover vulnerabilities in a real-time.

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