• Are tech companies using data in more ethical ways?

    James Arvanitakis     |      December 1, 2018

    Technology firms generate their huge profits from the vast amounts of data they harvest from their users, so have they really changed their ways to protect user data from abuse in the light of recent scandals? New research suggests that while their rhetoric has changed, the reality has not.

  • In sight of the red planet

    Paulo de Souza     |      November 28, 2018

    The latest spacecraft to complete the journey to Mars, NASA’s Insight lander, continues mankind’s long held fascination with the red planet.

  • Lifting the lid on quantum computing

    Andrew Trounson     |      November 24, 2018

    Newly developed software for learning quantum computer programming allows students to see inside the ‘black box’ and start using the ‘weird’ physics to solve problems

  • What to make of ‘Oumuamua

    Steven Tingay     |      November 20, 2018

    We will never see ‘Oumuamua again, and we may never know exactly what it is, but its passing will have changed the world if it makes more children contemplate a career in science.

  • How can we stop AI discriminating?

    Jeannie Marie Paterson     |      November 16, 2018

    Combating bias and creating more inclusive AI is unlikely to succeed unless developers include those people who have been historically excluded or ignored.

  • Where to next on the final frontier?

    Malcolm Davis     |      November 13, 2018

    A critical mass of participants, initiatives and developments are riding a wave of government enthusiasm and private-sector support for Australia’s space industry. It’s a good time to be involved in the sector, but what should its priorities be from here?

  • AI will match human intelligence by 2062

    Lori Youmshajekian     |      November 6, 2018

    UNSW Professor Toby Walsh has told the Festival of Dangerous Ideas that Artificial Intelligence is less than 50 years away from matching humans.

  • Bush plant medicine project set to bloom

    Open Forum     |      November 6, 2018

    An Australian-first research and commercial partnership aims to explore the development of a sustainable agribusiness model for traditional Australian medicinal plants growing in northern Australia.

  • Giving driverless vehicles the human touch

    Stephan Winter     |      November 3, 2018

    Can driverless vehicle technology replicate the human rules of engagement between pedestrians and drivers?

  • Australia should become a leader in strategic space diplomacy

    Annie Handmer     |      November 1, 2018

    Now that we have a dedicated space agency, we have an opportunity to influence international behaviour through strategic space diplomacy by overtly espousing a non-militaristic approach. The key question is whether the Australian Space Agency’s strategic focus should be on science or on commerce.

  • A bridge too far?

    Lihai Zhang     |      October 22, 2018

    Cutting-edge technologies are being used to modernise the infrastructure and improve the safety of Australian bridges, helping to create a sustainable transport system for its fast growing population.

  • We can send people to Venus

    Ian Whittaker     |      October 20, 2018

    While the surface of Venus is utterly hostile, it should be possible to float in its clouds and study a planet which was once Earth’s twin and may hold clues for the future of climate change.