- The Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) recently conducted a survey on generative AI usage.
- It surveyed professionals operating in cybersecurity, IT audit, governance, privacy, and risk.
- The facts revealed were alarming and provided insights into the current scenario of AI adoption.
The Information Systems Audit and Control Association is an international association focusing on IT governance. The body operates in all industries in more than 180 countries. Moreover, the group comprises auditors, regulators, educators, consultants, etc. It educates, conducts research, and shares resources with organizations and individuals. Recently, it did a survey on artificial intelligence which divulged some interesting facts.
What Does ISACA Survey Say About Generative AI Reveal?
The governing body conducted a survey titled “Generative AI 2023: An ISACA Pulse Poll.” It surveyed over 2,300 professionals working in a gamut of industries. The survey revealed some alarming facts about the prominent practice of generative AI. It disclosed many companies are using the technology without any explicit guidelines or policies. As per the reports, only 28 percent of organizations have policies that regulate the usage.
Moreover, only 10 percent had formal comprehensive policies to adhere to. More importantly, they didn’t even have any intention to do so. Over 40 percent were using generative AI despite the absence of rules. About 35 percent weren’t sure if the technology was being used at all or not. Today, many industries are adopting Generative AI for executing a large variety of tasks, mostly automation.
They’re using it for content creation, task automation, decision-making, customer service, productivity enhancement, etc. While the usage is rampant, the lack of regulations is causing major worries. Since the launch of ChatGPT, the talks of unemployment and a possible doomsday have been rife.
Several governments are feeling the need to alleviate these fears. Surveys like this give valuable insights regarding the usage of this groundbreaking technology.
Factors That They Shed Light On:
No Training or Formal Induction
Questions were asked to know if companies were providing formal training on generative AI. Only six percent of respondents said that their companies were doing it. About 54 percent said that they didn’t get any training even when the technology directly impacted their jobs. Only 25 percent of respondents were well-acquainted with it.
Misuse and Exploitation Concerns
When asked about ethical risks associated with generative AI, 41 percent agreed about the lack of standards. Less than one-third of organizations considered managing AI a priority. Over 29 percent thought of it as a long-time concern. Almost all respondents associated the technology with the concerns of misinformation, violation, and loss of information.
Scenario of Jobs
The survey focused on examining the impact of AI on jobs. The respondents showed confidence about AI creating new jobs that related to managing this technology. However, 45 percent believed that a lot of job profiles would become extinct due to it. They also highlighted the significance of risk and compliance in AI deployment.
AI has the potential to transform our lives. Any seismic shift in the world could create mayhem if it’s done in a chaotic manner. Thus, it is important to adopt artificial intelligence in a planned manner. Thankfully, governments and organizations are already talking about it. Hopefully, the world can see some comprehensive rules for AI usage in the next few years.