• Modelling society

    Jason Thompson     |      October 20, 2020

    Computational social science has come to the fore in the COVID-19 response, allowing policy makers to trial policies on ‘artificial societies’ and see the results – before doing it in real life.

  • What’s next for AI in healthcare?

    Open Forum     |      September 11, 2020

    Artificial intelligence will pave the way for the ‘Fifth Industrial Revolution’ and has already arrived in health care, argue Australian and Hong Kong-based experts, but is Australia really ready for it?

  • How can businesses build trust between humans and AI?

    Victoria Tichá     |      August 23, 2020

    With companies increasingly handing decisions over to AI, tech giants like Google and Microsoft have to navigate the ethical challenges posed by machines.

  • What’s good, computer?

    Jon McCormack     |      June 20, 2020

    Imagine a time in the not-too-distant future when the majority of your media is both selected and generated for you personally by artificial intelligence (AI) systems. 

  • Let’s pause for thought about AI

    Alan Stevenson     |      May 18, 2020

    For specific tasks from language recognition to self-driving cars, narrow artificial intelligence is progressing rapidly, perhaps too quickly for scientists to understand it. The creation of broad AI, which outperforms humans in every task, may create as many risks as it solves problems.

  • Sifting fact from fiction

    Jason Logue     |      February 17, 2020

    Reality may be a partly human invention, but relying on artificial intelligence to sift truth from misinformation on the internet could be fraught with danger.

  • Automation bites at unskilled jobs

    Richard Holden     |      January 20, 2020

    Technological change has always destroyed jobs. But now automation and artificial intelligence are drying up the options for anyone without specialised skills.

  • What is the law when AI makes the decisions?

    Kobi Leins     |      December 7, 2019

    A Federal Court ruling that the Australian government’s ‘Robodebt’ system is unlawful shines a much-needed light on what the law actually says.

  • An ethical role for AI in defence

    Marcus Hellyer     |      November 20, 2019

    While it’s important for Defence to understand and address the ethical challenges posed by AI, it’s just as important to not let those challenges blind it to the opportunities offered by AI and discourage our defence planners from pursuing them.

  • Understanding the ‘personality’ of AI

    Hui Chia     |      November 3, 2019

    As artificial intelligence and deep learning continue to impact many human industries, would understanding the ‘personality’ within the algorithm make us trust them more?

  • The genius – and madness – of advanced AI

    Alan Stevenson     |      October 13, 2019

    Multi-agent artificial intelligence (MAAI) can be used to model the social, health and economic effects of possible scenarios and improve social planning, however technology can also be misused by those with the power to control it.

  • The disturbing rise of the ‘deepfake’

    Asher Flynn     |      September 26, 2019

    Anyone with a high-powered computer, a graphics processing unit and time on their hands can create realistic fake videos – referred to as “deepfakes” – using AI.