Exclusive Interview with Jonathan Dambrot: Unveiling the Mastermind behind Cranium AI

**The Genesis Story Behind Cranium AI**
Jonathan Dambrot, the CEO and Co-Founder of Cranium AI, had the idea for the company in June of 2021 while working as a partner at KPMG. He realized that the cybersecurity solutions they were building for clients lacked protection against adversarial threats. After speaking with cybersecurity leaders at their clients’ companies, he discovered that they had no visibility into the AI running across their enterprise. This, combined with the growing development of regulations, led Dambrot to create a platform that could provide security for AI. Working with the KPMG Studio incubator and their largest clients, they developed Cranium AI. They secured seed funding from Syn Ventures, spun out independently of KPMG, and emerged from stealth in April 2023.

**The Cranium AI Card: Revealing Key Insights**
The Cranium AI Card allows organizations to efficiently gather and share information about the trustworthiness and compliance of their AI models with clients and regulators. It also provides visibility into the security of vendors’ AI systems. The card enables security and compliance teams to monitor their AI systems’ security, align with compliance requirements, and demonstrate the transparency and trustworthiness of their AI systems.

**Addressing Trust Issues with AI**
People often have concerns about the trustworthiness of AI. Cranium AI aims to address these concerns by providing clients with the ability to answer questions about their AI systems. These questions may include how the AI is governed, what measures are taken to secure data and models, and whether the information has been validated. The AI Card offers a quick and transparent way for organizations to address these questions and demonstrate the trustworthiness of their AI systems.

**Pros and Cons of the AI Bill of Rights**
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy published a Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights in October 2022. While this is a crucial step in defining principles for responsible AI, Cranium AI believes it falls short in providing guidance for organizations. They highlight the need for regulatory guidance not only for AI providers but also for users to safely leverage this technology. The pros of the bill include safer, more inclusive, and transparent AI systems. However, without a risk-based framework for organizations to prepare for future regulations, there is a risk of slowing down innovation.

**Assisting Companies with the AI Bill of Rights**
Cranium Enterprise helps companies develop and deliver safe and secure AI systems, aligning with the first principle of the AI Bill of Rights. The AI Card allows organizations to share details about how their AI systems work, addressing the principle of notice and explanation.

**The NIST AI Risk Management Framework**
The NIST AI Risk Management Framework helps organizations manage risks associated with AI. Cranium AI assists enterprises in achieving their AI compliance obligations for this framework by mapping their AI Card to the framework’s objectives and automatically populating and validating relevant fields.

**Why Non-EU Companies should Abide by the EU AI Act**
The EU AI Act will significantly impact global enterprises’ development and operation of AI systems. Non-EU companies should abide by it because any AI systems that use or impact European citizens fall under its requirements, regardless of the company’s jurisdiction, similar to GDPR for data privacy.

**Preparing for the EU AI Act**
Cranium AI has been closely following the development of the AI Act and has designed their AI Card product offering to support companies in meeting compliance requirements.

**The Importance of Responsible AI for Enterprises**
The rapid integration of AI into business processes necessitates responsible AI use. Prioritizing responsible AI from the start allows enterprises to scale effectively and avoid major roadblocks and compliance issues later on.

**The Vision for the Future of Cranium AI**
Cranium AI aims to become the leading provider of secure and trustworthy AI. While they cannot address all challenges, they strive to partner with leaders in responsible AI to create an ecosystem that covers all aspects of responsible AI. They also aim to support the security and trust of innovative generative AI solutions. Cranium AI wants to enable companies worldwide to innovate in a secure and trusted manner.

Overall, Cranium AI offers a comprehensive platform and AI Card to address trust and compliance issues with AI, assist with regulatory frameworks, and promote responsible AI adoption for enterprises.

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