AI/Machine Learning

Will neural implants mean AI can read our minds? Here’s what two philosophers think

- April 18, 2024 4 MIN READ

Earlier this year, Neuralink implanted a chipinside the brain of 29-year-old US man Noland Arbaugh, who is paralysed from the shoulders down. The chip has enabled Arbaugh to move a mouse pointer on a screen just by imagining it moving. In May 2023, US researchers also announced a non-invasive way to “decode” the words someone… Read more »

The Jetsons, Rosey the Robot
AI/Machine Learning

If a third of people are lonely, will AI help or make things worse?

- March 29, 2024 3 MIN READ

ChatGPT has repeatedly made headlines since its release late last year, with various scholars and professionals exploring its potential applications in both work and education settings. However, one area receiving less attention is the tool’s usefulness as a conversationalist and – dare we say – as a potential friend. Some chatbots have left an unsettling… Read more »

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AI/Machine Learning

Brisbane’s Canaria Technologies shoots for the moon with NASA-approved AI for astronauts

- February 6, 2024 3 MIN READ

Having broken new ground in health tech for high-risk situations, Canaria Technologies is taking its next giant leap – to infinity and beyond. The Brisbane-based startup is gearing up to take its pioneering tech in predictive biometrics to the next frontier: outer space. Canaria’s wearables, which combine data about how the human body functions with… Read more »

Taylor Swift

The Taylor Swift deepfakes are a reminder, yet again, that new tech is often weaponised against women

- February 3, 2024 4 MIN READ

Sexually graphic “deepfake” images of Taylor Swift went viral on social media last week, fuelling widespread condemnation from Swifties, the general public and even the White House. The circulation of false images of Taylor Swift are alarming. We know that incidences like this disproportionately impact women and girls. @POTUS is committed to ensuring we reduce… Read more »

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AI/Machine Learning

AI-powered content creation startup TalkingBrands is offering its MVP to test for free

- December 5, 2023 2 MIN READ

An artificial intelligence-powered startup that helps business leaders turn their ideas into content has launched with users able to test the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) of for free. Cofounder Tom Finnigan, who previously managed PR at AusCyber and Stone & Chalk, developed to take away the fear people have when it comes to… Read more »

Sam Altman
AI/Machine Learning

The fight at OpenAI is a reminder that we need to take a closer look at whether AI developers can regulate themselves

- December 5, 2023 3 MIN READ

OpenAI, developer of ChatGPT and a leading innovator in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), was recently thrown into turmoil when its chief-executive and figurehead, Sam Altman, was fired. As it was revealed that he would be joining Microsoft’s advanced AI research team, more than 730 OpenAI employees threatened to quit. Finally, it was announced… Read more »

AI/Machine Learning

We asked ChatGPT to write a story about the rebranding of a fintech people confuse with a Chinese social media site – so it made up fake names for the CEO

- November 14, 2023 4 MIN READ

First up, the TL:DR version.  Adelaide fintech Tic:Toc has rebranded as Tiimely, six years after the home lending assessment platform launched. You can guess why. The ByteDance social media video platform with the same name (but different spelling) now has 1.5 billion users, having launched in 2016, several months before Tic:Toc. That leaves the local… Read more »

Aaron Paul in HBO’s Westworld
Business strategy

An expert explains what you need to do to protect an idea if artificial intelligence helped create it

- October 23, 2023 4 MIN READ

In late August, a Washington DC court ruled that work created by artificial intelligence (AI) cannot be protected by copyright. Judge Beryl Howell said the case – a 2018 piece of art submitted by Stephen Thaler to the Copyright Office – was “not very complex.” “We are approaching new frontiers in copyright as artists put… Read more »

Richard Flanagan
AI/Machine Learning

AI is stealing from Australian authors to make its owners even richer

- October 5, 2023 2 MIN READ

Australian authors have been caught up in a major controversy around the data used to train large language models after an investigation uncovered 183,000 pirated books were included in a commonly used dataset called Books3. Booker Prize winning novelist Richard Flanagan was among the Australian writers whose works were in the dataset that was reportedly… Read more »

Google search
Global tech

Google is now 25, but could AI herald an early demise for the world’s most popular search engine?

- September 4, 2023 4 MIN READ

Today marks an important milestone in the history of the internet: Google’s 25th birthday. With billions of search queries submitted each day, it’s difficult to remember how we ever lived without the search engine. What was it about Google that led it to revolutionise information access? And will artificial intelligence (AI) make it obsolete, or… Read more »