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Medical Research Week takes place from 28 May to 5 June 2015. It celebrates Australia's contribution to health and medical research. This year's ASMR medallist is Dr Ashok Saluja.


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It’s time to change it up


National Reconciliation Week 2015

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is celebrated between 27 May and 3 June. It commemorates the anniversaries of the 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision. The theme for NRW 2015 is: It’s time to change it up.


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Light, music and ideas


Vivid Sydney 2015

This year’s Vivid festival will run from 22 May until 8 June 2015 in Sydney. For 18 days the city will be transformed with light, music and ideas.


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The law, ethics and the development of artificial intelligence


posted by David Coleman, May 28, 2015

Serious concerns about artificial intelligence have been voiced lately. David Coleman says there are problems which need to be overcome before AI machines can be ethical and legal actors in society.

In January, an open letter was published asking the scientific community for “expanded research aimed at ensuring that increasingly capable AI systems are robust and beneficial … our AI systems must do what we want them to do.” 

Artificial intelligence researchers at Google, Facebook, Microsoft as well as Bill Gates and Elon Musk all signed the letter. The first person to sign was Stuart Jonathan Russell, a professor at Stanford University well known for his contributions to the field of artificial intelligence.


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Featured Forum

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Today we are reaching out to every Australian as we embark on a major initiative to create a narrative and execute a vision for Australia. In 2015, we are developing a robust 'big-picture' vision and a roadmap for Australia's increasingly diverse society over the next decade and longer term.

At Global Access Partners (GAP) we have been running Taskforces and Consultative Committees for 14 years. The GAP alumni comprises of about 5,000 members. 500 of them are active in ongoing projects. We have a strong online community. And now we are bringing it all together to create a synthesis of your views on the future of Australia. For this we want your input – your voice will be heard.

We will collect your ideas and produce a report that will be presented at the GAP Annual Growth Summit in September. Please contact Svetlana at sstankovic@openforum.com.au with your blog idea and help us actively shape the future of Australia.


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