Israel’s Shin Bet security service has incorporated artificial intelligence into its tradecraft and used the technology to foil substantial threats, its director said on Tuesday, highlighting generative AI’s potential for law-enforcement.
Among measures taken by the Shin Bet – the Israeli counterpart of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations or Britain’s MI5 – has been the creation of its own generative AI platform, akin to ChatGPT or Bard, director Ronen Bar said.
“AI technology has been incorporated quite naturally into the Shin Bet’s interdiction machine,” Bar said in a speech to the Cyber Week conference hosted by Tel Aviv University. “Using AI, we have spotted a not-inconsequential number of threats.”
AI has helped streamline Shin Bet work by flagging anomalies in surveillance data and sorting through “endless” intelligence, he said, adding that the technology also had a secondary role in decision-making “like a partner at the table, a co-pilot”.
Acknowledging the public-domain backbone of the fast-emerging technology, Bar urged cooperation between commercial hi-tech and government agencies such as his “to ensure AI leads to evolution and not to revolution”.