Artificial Intelligence

COMPUTER SAYS NO: The trouble with chatbots and how to use them better

- January 10, 2022 4 MIN READ

Hands up if you’ve ever cursed, mocked or yelled at a chatbot. No surprise if you have. Those automated “helpers” – supposedly designed to make customer service smarter, faster and more efficient – can certainly be a source of frustration for sentient beings. Interactions with chatbots have become increasingly common in our daily lives. But… Read more »

Artificial Intelligence

Future First Technologies raises $2.35m to manage roads using AI and drones

- December 21, 2021 2 MIN READ

Future First Technologies has completed a $2.35 million call-out to investors to improve its AI-powered road maintenance systems. The company reached out to sophisticated and institutional investors for the capital raise in order to further integrate technology from Australian AI firm EagleSoft into its Asset Vision business while also expanding its sales capacity. Future First… Read more »

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The best way to make sure AI doesn’t steal your job is to work with it, not against it

- December 2, 2021 3 MIN READ

Whether it’s athletes on a sporting field or celebrities in the jungle, nothing holds our attention like the drama of vying for a single prize. And when it comes to the evolution of artificial intelligence (AI), some of the most captivating moments have also been delivered in nailbiting finishes. In 1997, IBM’s Deep Blue chess… Read more »

Andy Penn
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Telstra and data science company Quantium launch a joint venture to drill down into data for industrial customers

- November 15, 2021 2 MIN READ

Australia’s biggest telco and data science Quantium plan to launch a joint venture business Telstra says will “unlock the potential of data and AI” for the company and its customers. Sydney-based Quantium is a global leader in using artificial intelligence (AI) to translate raw data into actionable insights. The Woolworths-backed business now operates in 20… Read more »

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How AI can shape university courses and what students should study to help them get the jobs they want

- October 12, 2021 4 MIN READ

Graduates entering an ever-more-competitive job market are often unaware of the skills and values they offer employers. The challenge is greater with emerging job roles that require certifications and both multidisciplinary skills and specialist knowledge, even for entry-level positions. We seek to empower our graduates and maximise their career prospects. New research has enabled us… Read more »

Hanno Blankenstein
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SafetyCulture backs video analytics startup in $8 million series A

- September 6, 2021 2 MIN READ

Video analytics platform Unleash live has raised $8 million in a series A round led by tech unicorn SafetyCulture. The five-year-old tech startup’s ‘Intelligent Remote Vision’ enables companies to improve productivity and safety, as well as reducing costs by using real-time video analytics to transform visual inspections. Roger Allen’s Patagorang Investment Group was among the… Read more »

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Queensland construction empire BMD bets $1 million on AI-based project management startup Octant

- August 17, 2021 2 MIN READ

Queensland construction and engineering conglomerate BMD Group has backed Brisbane artificial intelligence startup Octant AI, investing nearly $1 million for a 10% stake. Octant uses AI to for predictive analysis aimed at reducing uncertainty in projects to manage costs. BMD CEO Scott Power said his company had been using the tech platform in its project… Read more »

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Artificial Intelligence

AI startup Sourse lands $1.5 million to take the gut feel out of executive decisions

- July 7, 2021 2 MIN READ

Machine learning startup SourseAI has raised $1.5 million to help bosses make fewer calls based on their gut feeling. The round was led by Aligned Equity and TV and radio company Southern Cross Austereo (SCA), making its second investment in an AI-based analytics startup after backing spoken word analysis venture Sonnant earlier this year. The… Read more »

Flora Salim
Artificial Intelligence

RMIT scientists have developed AI to diagnose Covid-19 from a cough – and hope to make it a mobile app

- June 21, 2021 2 MIN READ

Ground-breaking research by computer scientists at RMIT University has developed an artificial intelligence model that can hear the effects of Covid-19 in the sound of a forced cough, even when people are asymptomatic.  While the idea is not new, scientists at Cambridge University and MIT have been investigating the concept, the work at RMIT’s School… Read more »

Rachel Greaves
Artificial Intelligence

CSIRO VC fund Main Sequence backs $3 million series A for communications compliance startup

- June 9, 2021 2 MIN READ

Canberra-based communications compliance software startup Castlepoint Systems has raised a $3 million series A led by Main Sequence Ventures. The CSIRO’s deep tech investment fund was joined by existing investor IxTx in the round. Castlepoint’s software uses artificial intelligence to automatically discover, classify, and control documents, emails, chat messages, databases, or webpages in a company… Read more »

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AI is now being used to predict traffic jams in Melbourne – and prevent them

- May 24, 2021 < 1 MIN READ

A pioneering project using artificial intelligence (AI) to predict traffic congestion up to three hours before it’s going to happen, and could change the way authorities control traffic in real time, has launched in Melbourne.  The University of Melbourne’s Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem (AIMES) has partnered with PeakHour Urban Technologies, the Victorian Department of Transport,… Read more »

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HR tech platform ELMO is using artificial intelligence to predict when staff are about to resign

- May 3, 2021 < 1 MIN READ

ASX-listed payroll and HR software platform ELMO (ASX:ELO) is using artificial intelligence in a new people analytics product that can predict when people are looking to leave the business. The company said its Predictive People Analytics (PPA) module is the first phase of a suite of new machine learning developments  to deliver data-driven insights and… Read more »