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Top 5 stories of the week: Visions of artificial intelligence and security danced in readers’ heads

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While others were shopping and decorating for the holidays, VentureBeat readers weren’t checking out for Christmas cheer this week. Rather, they used coverage in two key areas – as reflected in our top 5 stories of the week – AI and security.

Sharon Goldman’s coverage of ChatGPT and generative AI captured the top two spots on the list of most read stories. Goldman spoke with Forrester Research’s Rowan Curran about how and why ChatGPT is having an iPhone moment. Just as the iPhone did for the smartphone, ChatGPT is changing the public consciousness around AI – especially generative AI.

Goldman also looks back on its first calendar year at VentureBeat and the volume of news in areas ranging from generative AI to AI legislation. See how Goldman learned to stop worrying and love AI.

Even in the middle of the holiday season, IT leaders can’t sleep on security, as is evident from the traffic Tim Keary and Louis Columbus generated with their prediction stories. Keary dug into cybersecurity predictions from Google and Microsoft, and Columbus looked at security spending projections for 2023 and why zero trust and cloud security top the list.

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Here are the top 5 stories for the week of December 19th.

Is it possible to compare this moment in the development of generative AI with any other technological development? According to Forrester Research AI/ML analyst Rowan Curran, it is.

“The only thing I’ve been able to compare it to is the release of the iPhone,” he told VentureBeat. Apple’s iPhone wasn’t the first smartphone, but it buried the competition with its touch screen, ease of use and introduction of apps that put an entire computing experience in our pockets. The release of the original iPhone in January 2007, followed by the launch of the App Store in July 2008, ushered in a period of historic technological change, Curran explained — as the public discovered there was a whole universe of creativity and applications , they could work with.

It was my first week at VentureBeat in mid-April. OpenAI had just released the new iteration of its text-to-image generator, DALL-E 2; our lead AI writer, Kyle Wiggers, had moved to TechCrunch before I could pick his brain and I was in a panic. I realized too late how little I understood about the past decade of advances in artificial intelligence, from machine learning (ML) and computer vision to natural language processing (NLP). Of course, every beat I’ve ever covered has had a learning curve. But the AI ​​beat felt like Mount Everest.

It’s no secret that cybercrime is a growth industry. Just last year FBI estimated that cybercrime cost $6.9 billion. The worse news is that Google’s 2023 cybersecurity predictions predict that this malicious economy will only continue to expand and diversify.

At times the threat landscape looks bleak, but it also drives greater collaboration between vendors and organizations. At least that’s what Microsoft’s security leaders suggest in their 2023 Cybersecurity Predictions. VentureBeat recently reached out to some of Microsoft’s top security executives and researchers, who shared their predictions for 2023.

Current predictions for cybersecurity spending in 2023 reinforce some of 2022’s top trends. Gartner predicts Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) will be the fastest growing network security market segment worldwide. It is expected to achieve a 27.5% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2021 and 2026, jumping from $633 million to $2.1 billion worldwide.

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