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Cristian Canton | Facebook

Engineering Manager, Head of Facebook's AI Red Team

Cristian Canton | Facebook

Engineering Manager, Head of Facebook's AI Red Team

Biography

Cristian Canton is the head of the AI Red Team at Facebook, a specialized task force devoted to uncover, understand and mitigate threats related to AI and define AI-driven worst case scenarios for the company, specially related with integrity use cases (fraud, abuse, misinformation, etc.). Within Facebook, he previously managed other teams related with the detection of objectionable and harmful content domains. He held other positions as research/engineering manager at Microsoft Research in Redmond (USA) and Cambridge (UK), and Vicon in Oxford (UK), bringing AI to produce visual effects for the cinema industry. He got his PhD and MS from Technical University of Catalonia (Barcelona) and his MS Thesis from EPFL (Switzerland) on computer vision topics.

Abuses and misuses of AI: prevention vs reaction

As AI has become more ubiquitous and part of almost every aspect of our lives, professional and personal, it is necessary to consider potential harmful aspects of it: from exploitation of AI weaknesses for nefarious purposes (e.g. adversarial attacks against classifier) to abuses of harmless technologies (e.g. Deepfakes to spread misinformation). Reactively addressing these AI mis/ab-uses when they have been already executed has proven to be costly in many dimensions (human, economic, etc.) hence a more preventive approach emerges as an alternative.

In this talk we will do a walkthrough of some of these adversarial AI scenarios and how a red team mentality may be a viable strategy, with some examples.

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