Advancing Australia’s knowledge in AI and IoT

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The Australian Government has launched two new research projects to advance the country’s knowledge and expertise in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT).

The first project, titled “Deployment of Artificial Intelligence and what it presents for Australia”, will see the Australian Council of Learned Academies examine the opportunities, risks and benefits of AI applications and uptake and consider its impact.

The Council’s findings will cover economic, social, environmental, ethical and cultural impacts that will help guide AI development in Australia over the next decade.

“The Internet of Things: Maximising the benefit of deployment in Australia” is the second project launched by the Aussie Government.

The Australian Council of Learned Academies, which received over $400,000 to carry out the two projects, will examine the opportunities, risks and consequences of the IoT, and consider ways to foster technological leadership while ensuring responsible deployment.

Key findings will explore the economics of IoT, social and cultural perspectives of deployment, educational needs, governance requirements and technological standards.

Making the announcement, Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the new projects would put Australia at the forefront of research into these two scientific and technological developments.

“We want to make sure Australia continues to be a world-leading research nation,” Ms Birmingham said.

“That’s why it’s important Australian researchers are supported in exploring emerging areas of science and technology and are able to evaluate their potential future economic, social and cultural impacts.”

“With advances in the use of robots and machines and the internet allowing greater interaction between humans and devices, it’s vital we learn more about their possible practical applications and uses in Australia.”

Minister for Jobs and Innovation Michaelia Cash said the two projects could ultimately lead to the creation of new jobs across the country.

“AI and IoT devices have and continue to advance all parts of our lives – from creating more productive farms, through to diagnosing rare cancers earlier, and on to creating more tailored services for business and their customers,” Ms Cash continued.

“This research will inform the Government’s planned artificial intelligence roadmap and ethics framework commissioned as part of the budget and ensure Australia optimises the opportunities these technologies can provide.”

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