AI Hubs and Cybersecurity Become Musts for 2022By Sofía Hanna | Thu, 12/30/2021 - 19:06
For this week in Tech, Mexico should further develop its AI Hubs and talent because in doing so, many more opportunities could arise within and outside the Mexican industry. Meanwhile, the development of Web 3.0 and its decentralized version of Web 2.0 has been a controversial issue with no clear answers. Finally, Fernando Gamallo, CIO of Sanfer, reports on the importance of cybersecurity in business development.
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Latin America will need 225,000 experts in Artificial Intelligence (AI) related technology by 2023. Considering Mexico’s development opportunities, the country could become a frontrunner in AI. Even Mexico’s so-called unicorns struggle to find data scientists and AI specialists. Experts, therefore, agree that academia and specialized training should be increased to attract the talent necessary to become an AI giant. Techcrunch, one of the most important digital magazines for technology and startups, pointed out in a publication that the US should see Mexico as the main provider for talent, a reality that has been on the rise since 2020. Therefore, Mexico’s position as a talent pool has, therefore, more or less been established. The missing piece of the puzzle, however, remains to be filled.
The development of Web 3.0, a decentralized version of Web 2.0, aims to address the failures of a digital infrastructure that currently depends on Big Tech, profits from Big Data harvesting and is plagued with poor security protocols. While advocates look forward to a system that would ideally put end-users in a greater bargaining position, tech leaders question its underlying premise of decentralization. At its core, proponents claim that Web 3.0 has the potential to address Big Tech’s supremacy, improve privacy and data security while simplifying scalability. Critics, which among them include tech leaders such as Jack Dorsey and Elon Musk, question if Web 3.0 will be able to live up to its main desired function: decentralization. As envisioned, it will be years before Web 3.0 is ready for commercial use, but this has not stopped companies and venture capitalists from investing. This is where Dorsey’s criticism lies. Even if this new infrastructure minimized the power Big Tech has wielded to influence the market, Web 3.0 software developers and venture investors would become the new beneficiaries.
Fernando Gamallo, CIO of Sanfer, shares the importance that cybersecurity is reaching nowadays within business models because technology provides better control of what the company is buying and selling and helps meet all kinds of requirements: tax, legal or sanitary. Managing data is very important in this regard. In the sales department, tech facilitates better interaction and communication with healthcare professionals, product promotion, benchmarking and strategies, according to Gamallo. Currently, in Mexico, Common technology users are not conscious of protecting their information privacy. They are aware of the applications they use on smartphones, but they do not protect their information and will happily share everything they are doing. With no individual culture and no government initiatives, the private sector has been working to strengthen information privacy for the past years, either through alliances with foreign companies or on their own. The goal is to protect both the companies and their clients.