News & Analysis

The federal government is backing WA to build an AI mission control base so robots can explore space

- July 10, 2019 1 MIN READ

The Australian government has signed a deal with the Western Australian government to spend $6 million developing the state’s space sector. The Morrison government wants to triple the size of the Australian space sector to $12 billion and create another 20,000 jobs by 2030. Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Federal Science Minister Karen… Read more »

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A data analytics startup using social media to find security threats just raised $4 million from the CSIRO

- July 3, 2019 2 MIN READ

Who’s who at Fivecast: Ross Buglak, VP Product Development; CEO Dr Brenton Cooper; Duane Rivett, VP Commercial; Dave Blockow, VP Engineering. Photo: Ben Searcy.  South Australian data analytics company  Fivecast has raised $4 million from the CSIRO’s Innovation Fund, Main Sequence Ventures, and the South Australian Venture Capital Fund, to expand globally. The Adelaide startup… Read more »

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CSIRO scientists have developed a ‘vaccine’ against attacks on AI

- June 26, 2019 2 MIN READ

  Researchers from Data61, the CSIRO’s data and digital specialist arm, have developed techniques they claim will effectively ‘vaccinate’ algorithms against adversarial attack, meaning it will prevent malevolent actors from hijacking  machine learning. Dr Richard Nock, Data61 machine learning group leader, explained that algorithms ‘learn’ from the data they are trained on to create a… Read more »

News & Analysis

Tank Stream Labs just doubled in size to launch Sydney’s first AI hub

- June 7, 2019 2 MIN READ

  Co-working and tech space Tank Stream Labs has forged a partnership with machine learning startup Verge Labs to launch Sydney’s first AI hub. Verge Labs is focused on turning research into customised software applications for business. It was co-founded by Anthony Tockar, who said the startup works with companies to develop user-friendly, customised AI… Read more »

Opinion

Digital ethics is one of the biggest issues facing AI – and most business execs admit they’re not ready to tackle it

- May 23, 2019 2 MIN READ

Business leaders are ignoring the ethical challenges of emerging technologies according to the latest Trendlines report. In doing so, they risk losing the trust of both their customers and employees.  The survey conducted by Avanade canvassed 1,200 C-suite, senior-level IT and business decision makers in 12 countries to reveal that while most respondents (82%) agreed digital… Read more »

News & Analysis

This new property tech startup wants to use AI to massively disrupt the way real estate is sold and managed

- May 22, 2019 3 MIN READ

  Founders are encouraged to take on the world when building a startup and a new software-as-a-service business launched this week aims to do just that by capturing a large slice of Australia’s $7 trillion property market. Propic is targeting the real estate agents, developers and property managers in an all-in-one enterprise technology platform featuring… Read more »

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Calls for a machine learning hub are growing as Australia falls behind in the AI race

- May 15, 2019 2 MIN READ

Australia is spending a fraction of its GDP on artificial intelligence and machine learning, compared to its international rivals, and will lose jobs without increased investment in the technology, experts says. Analysis by the University of Adelaide’s Australian Institute for Machine Learning (AIML), which is pushing to establish a National Centre of Excellence in Machine… Read more »

Profiles

Throwing a Gronade at the fear of AI

- April 26, 2019 4 MIN READ

While millions of people the world over are fearing the disruption of the fourth industrial revolution, one Harbour City Labs’ startup, Gronade, is touting its benefits for all to hear.