Economist Babbage Podcast: What if generative AI destroys biometric security?

I was delighted to be invited (via former colleague and fellow FLF-holder Leonie Tanczner) on to the Economist’s Babbage Podcast to talk about the design issues arising from generative AI’s impact on biometric security measures. Here’s the episode’s full blurb:

Recent years have seen a boom in biometric security systems—identification measures based on a person’s individual biology—from unlocking smartphones, to automating border controls. As this technology becomes more prevalent, some cybersecurity researchers are worried about how secure biometric data is—and the risk of spoofs. If generative AI becomes so powerful and easy-to-use that deepfake audio and video could hack into our security systems, what can be done?

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Dr Joseph Lindley

Joe leads Design Research Works and is a Senior Research Fellow at Lancaster University. He is passionate about the value of Design Research, in particular in applying that value to the challenges associated with emerging technologies, rapid societal change, and living sustainably. Probably best described as a 'generalist' his research practice usually involves material engagements with possible futures.