Asimovâ€™s positronic brain may still be just literature for now, but artificial intelligence is already making the difference in computer security technologies. Bitdefender 2015, crowned ‘Product of the Year’ by leading independent testing organization AV-Comparatives, uses a â€˜neuralâ€™ network of hundreds of millions of computers modelled after the human brain.
We have yet to see caliber two artificial intelligence (Strong AI, or Human-Level AI) and caliber three artificial intelligence (or Artificial Superintelligence â€” much smarter than the human brain). Until then, we are already surrounded by caliber one AI, also known as ANI (for Artificial Narrow Intelligence). Intelligent systems in our cars, smartphone software, or programs such as Google Translate and web search engines are all examples of ANI. (You can read more on AI here.)
With internet viruses and other types of malware on the rise, IT security providers like Bitdefender employ innovative technologies to provide the highest level of protection to their customers. More than 140 million new malware threats were reported in 2014, up from 80 million in 2013.
Bitdefenderâ€™s engineers have been employing caliber one AI for some five years to build anti-malware technologies that can learn how threats form and evolve in order to provide next-level protection. Thanks to these technologies, Bitdefender 2015 can detect new threats in overÂ 99% of case.
BRAIN (short for Bitdefender Reflective Artificial Intelligence Networks) is a system that employs machine learning algorithms to analyze huge amounts of data collected non-stop from a global web of 500 million computers. Bitdefender looks at malware patterns in order to anticipate and neutralize new threats from everywhere on the globe in as little as three seconds.
Bitdefender 2015 won gold for Malware Detection, Real-World Protection, Malware Removal and Best System Speed in the AV-Comparatives tests.
For more details on machine learning technologies and the ways in which Bitdefender uses them in security software, read this story from PC Advisor.