Ag Tech

Agtech startup GoMicro has built a $1 microscope to solve a $1 trillion food waste problem

- July 13, 2022 2 MIN READ

South Australian agtech startup GoMicro is hoping to tackle the $1 trillion problem with an app-based device that costs just $1 to produce and attaches to a smartphone. GoMicro CEO and founder Dr Sivam Krish has developed GoMicro’s Spotcheck App and a phone attachable magnifier designed for accurately assessing the level of ripeness or spoilage… Read more »

AI/Machine Learning

A Google software engineer believes an AI has become sentient, but if so, how would we know?

- June 19, 2022 3 MIN READ

Google’s LaMDA software (Language Model for Dialogue Applications) is a sophisticated AI chatbot that produces text in response to user input. According to software engineer Blake Lemoine, LaMDA has achieved a long-held dream of AI developers: it has become sentient. Lemoine’s bosses at Google disagree, and have suspended him from work after he published his… Read more »

Facial recognition
Data

Bunnings is among Australian retailers using facial recognition tech to identify who’s shopping in their stores

- June 15, 2022 3 MIN READ

Well-known Australian retailers are using facial recognition technology to identify customers who enter selected stores, an investigation by consumer advocacy group CHOICE has found.  Hardware giant Bunnings, Kmart and The Good Guys are capturing facial recognition data. CHOICE asked 25 Australian retailers whether they use facial recognition technology, and analysed their privacy policies. Those three… Read more »

Tesla, autopilot, car, self driving
Other tech

Now that Australia’s had a serious accident involving a self-driving car, it’s time to open AI’s black box and decide who’s responsible

- May 25, 2022 4 MIN READ

  The first serious accident involving a self-driving car in Australia occurred in March this year. A pedestrian suffered life-threatening injuries when hit by a Tesla Model 3 in “autopilot” mode. In the US, the highway safety regulator is investigating a series of accidents where Teslas on autopilot crashed into first-responder vehicles with flashing lights… Read more »

Funding

AI voice bot startup raises $7 million pre-Series A

- May 16, 2022 2 MIN READ

Sydney-based voice communication platform, Curious Thing has raised $7 million in pre-series A funding. The round led by private investment firm Hawkstone, supported by Blacksheep Capital and January Capital, with existing investors, Westpac’s VC fund Reinventure, and Qualgro, returning after backing a $1.5 million round in 2019. The cash injection will be used to help the… Read more »

Other tech

Medtech Eyes of AI is using artificial intelligence to solve a major pain point for dentists

- March 23, 2022 2 MIN READ

Sydney medtech Eyes of AI launches its rapid x-ray analysis this month after three years of development. Artificial intelligence-driven dental software platform has been trained using more than 1 million x-ray images since 2019, alongside has input from leading dental clinicians and research centres globally. Sydney-based founders Dr Sen Le and Khoa Le built the… Read more »

Funding

PredictiveHire, which can tell if you’re the right person for a job in 5 text messages, raises $7 million in pre-Series A

- March 7, 2022 2 MIN READ

Recruitment automation startup PredictiveHire, which uses an AI bot to tell immediately if a candidate is right for a job using just five questions answered via phone text, has raised $7 million in a pre-Series A round. Sydney talent recruiting firm Hudson is one of the startup’s key backers, along with several individuals including Yarra Capital… Read more »