• Robot wars

    Ben Knight     |      August 13, 2020

    An armed weapons system capable of making decisions sounds like it’s straight out of a Terminator movie. But once lethal autonomous weapons are out in the world, there could be no turning back.

  • Internet of junk

    Ben Knight     |      August 5, 2020

    5G could force greater product obsolescence as non-compatible devices get left behind, but there are ways to stem the e-waste avalanche.

  • Farewell to the jumbo-jet

    Nancy Schneider     |      August 2, 2020

    With flights grounded and Australia’s borders shut, Qantas has retired its final Boeing 747 several months earlier than initially planned.  The jumbo jet was pivotal in reducing Australia’s tyranny of distance.

  • The brave new world of agriculture

    Open Forum     |      July 31, 2020

    Advanced automation and genetic technologies need to be adopted globally in each region to deliver local food production capability that can provide secure sources of food in future pandemics.

  • Women in STEM still fall short of workplace equality

    Alan Finkel     |      July 29, 2020

    In 2016, women represented just 29% of workers with university qualifications in science, technology, engineering or maths. And that was before the pandemic disruption.

  • $12m in government seed funding for SMEs

    Open Forum     |      July 16, 2020

    The Morrison Government is calling on the nation’s small and medium sized businesses to help develop innovative solutions to solve national environmental challenges.

  • Smart solutions need the human touch

    Open Forum     |      July 15, 2020

    A lot of supposedly ‘smart’ software doesn’t take human needs into account, or is designed to fit commercial imperatives rather than empower consumer choices.

  • Meet your new robot health coach

    Nicole Robinson     |      July 9, 2020

    New research shows “social robots” can help people lose weight by delivering multiple sessions of advice and support without the need for human intervention.

  • Science needs to look inward to move forward

    Andrew Trounson     |      July 8, 2020

    Robust science depends on encouraging and incentivising more open and transparent practices in research – now, metascientists are looking at what works and what doesn’t.

  • The future of virtual reality in tourism

    Open Forum     |      July 4, 2020

    Tourism has been brought to a standstill around the world, but new doors are opening for virtual and augmented reality to reshape the industry as it edges towards recovery.

  • Watch the skies!

    Alan Stevenson     |      June 30, 2020

    The release of footage from US Navy jets tracking fast moving, unidentified craft has rekindled interest in the possibility of alien visitors from distant worlds.

  • Beware the digital butler

    Alan Stevenson     |      June 23, 2020

    Digital personal assistants from Apple, Google, Amazon and other tech giants may offer a degree of convenience, but users should be wary of them taking an ever greater interest in our personal affairs.