AI and Everyday Life

“The digitalisation of today's modern world is so advanced that almost everything is known about the individual”. This was the main topic of the opening presentation of the event on IT and technical opportunities held at the National University of Public Service. The Digital Roundtable event was organized in cooperation with NUPS’ University Students’ Union and the InfoTárs Association.

“The changes in the IT and digital world have a significant impact on the students of the National University of Public Service as well as on their future activities” - said Péter Cziczás, president of the Students’ Council. According to the vice-president of the InfoTárs Association, Anikó Bárcsai, “professional success is achievable if one has a good relationship with IT”. She added that one of the main objectives of their association is to promote digitalisation across the younger generations.

One of the guest speakers of the event was Mihály Zala, head of EY’s cyber security, risk management advisory and consultancy department. The cyber security expert and former diplomat said that the fourth industrial revolution also underlines the importance of digitalisation.  “Today’s economical opportunities would look absolutely different without Internet. The big boom in the IT world goes back to the 90’s, more specifically to 1998, when Google has emerged. As far as artificial intelligence is concerned, at this point it only follows patterns” - said Mr. Zala. 

In the following, Anikó Bárcsai presented the outcome of a British study according to which, out of the 5000 interviewed business leaders and employers, 45% of the employees fear to lose their jobs because of technological advances, however 51% of them does nothing to improve their individual skills. It was also highlighted during the day that occupations related to human needs will be less impacted by AI, such as different services, including catering or hairdressing. “Artificial intelligence is a new industry which we all need to promote and raise awareness of.” The occupations where artificial intelligence may become a competition to human workforce are those works which focus mainly on administration and do not require subjectivity.  Last but not least, in terms of cyber security Mihály Zala advised the students to not use password managers and data vault, to keep their passwords private and to be cautious about using public Wi-Fi networks. “Nothing can be deleted off the Internet, therefore all users should pay special attention to what is shared and published” - concluded Mr. Zala.

The second Digital Roundtable event will be organized in March.