Cyber Security
Future of work

These tech jobs are paying 30% above market rates

- January 17, 2024 2 MIN READ

Australian job candidates with cyber security skills could enjoy a pay increase of nearly 30%, according to new workplace research. According to a survey by specialist recruiter Robert Half, Australian employers are willing to pay significant salary premiums to job candidates that have the most in-demand skills. The survey of 300 business leaders, including 100… Read more »

Kepler Exploration Robot Co
Other tech

It all Generative AI and robots – sometimes together – at CES in Las Vegas

- January 12, 2024 3 MIN READ

As car manufacturers have demonstrated for years, there is no functional reason why robots require a head, face, or personality – but with Generative AI (GenAI) now offering irresistible possibilities for designers, humanoid robots were out in force at the 2024 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Chinese firm Kepler Exploration Robot Co, for one, used the… Read more »

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Politics

myGov is getting rid of passwords as part of its upgrade

- January 1, 2024 3 MIN READ

MyGov will be modernised with passwordless logins and a new Digital Inclusion Standard, the federal government has announced in responding to a scathing audit that warned current legislation “impedes service delivery” through the underfunded platform. The government’s response to the myGov user audit – an election promise that began in September 2022 as a “myGov revolution” and handed down its findings in… Read more »

Lion taming circus
Politics

Competition watchdog the ACCC is getting new powers over Big Tech to support media

- December 20, 2023 2 MIN READ

The government will give Australia’s competition watchdog more power to keep the likes of Google and Meta accountable as part of the News Media Bargaining Code which redistributes wealth from big tech companies into local news outlets in an effort to address an apparent power imbalance in the media industry. On Monday, the Commonwealth said… Read more »

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Politics

Startups could get skilled visas approved in a week under the federal government’s new migration strategy

- December 12, 2023 3 MIN READ

The government has committed to a mere 7-day processing time for applicants of its newest skilled visa category in a bid to make Australia a more attractive for IT professionals as part of a set of long-awaited changes to the migration system. Migrants coming into jobs that earn at least $135,000 a year will have… Read more »

Politics

The feds are offering grants worth up to $5 million grants to startups

- December 1, 2023 3 MIN READ

The federal government’s flagship $392 million Industry Growth Program has been officially launched, with grants of up to $5 million available for startups and small businesses. The $392.4 million program was unveiled in the May budget, replacing the former Coalition government’s Entrepreneurs’ Programme, which was embroiled in controversy due to bungled procurement processes. The aim of the… Read more »

AI/Machine Learning

Book review: Toby Walsh’s Faking It Faking unpacks how we’re being tricked into thinking AI is human.

- November 17, 2023 3 MIN READ

Toby Walsh is one of Australia’s most well-known experts on artificial intelligence and his latest book Faking It: Artificial Intelligence in a Human World aims to dispel the common illusion that machine intelligence is comparable to human intelligence. It’s an illusion deeply embedded in the history of AI that could have disastrous consequences, Walsh believes, unless… Read more »

Reserve Bank
Politics

Australia wants to regulate Apple and Google Pay, and digital wallets like it does credit cards

- October 12, 2023 2 MIN READ

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) would be given expanded regulatory powers over bring digital wallets, buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) companies, and crypto assets under proposed reforms to national payments systems legislation published this week. In a statement, Treasurer Jim Chalmers said the reforms “[address] the risks posed by new digital payments services, which are currently unregulated, to… Read more »

FTX Sam Bankman-Fried
Cryptocurrency

Sam Bankman-Fried’s fraud trial hears how a simple tweak to the data allowed him to syphon off $12 billion from investors

- October 11, 2023 3 MIN READ

A simple database flag enabled cryptocurrency magnate Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) to siphon billions of customer dollars into a lavish lifestyle that ultimately left failed exchange FTX over $12 billion ($US8 billion) in debt, a US court has heard as SBF’s trial nears its conclusion. Once the second largest cryptocurrency exchange with a valuation of $47 billion, the… 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 »

MIcrosoft CEO Satya Nadella
Data

Microsoft’s having a shocker with two self-inflicted data leaks in a week

- September 21, 2023 3 MIN READ

Microsoft has been its own worst enemy this week as the tech giant suffered two unrelated data leak incidents where masses of internal documents, trade secrets, and backups of employee computers were released on the internet. On Tuesday, researchers at security company Wiz went public about a 38TB trove of data that Microsoft’s AI team had accidentally… Read more »

Advanced facial recognition technology identifies the face of woman in bustling crowd, utilizing the power of big data analysis scanning for enhanced authentication through face. generative ai
Politics

The Australian government has revived facial recognition as part of a national ID plan

- September 14, 2023 3 MIN READ

The Australian government will continue to authorise a one-to-many facial recognition system connected to the national ID database but is limiting its use to helping identify “shielded persons” like undercover police and protected witnesses. Once referred to as ‘the Capability’, the Department of Home Affairs built a system for the public and private sector to verify people’s… Read more »

Neuphoria founder Henry Boulton with ACS River City Labs Pauline Fetaui at the 2023 River Rival pitch comp.
Events

Brain-sensing sports wearable Neuphoria wins Brisbane’s River Rival pitch comp

- September 12, 2023 2 MIN READ

Neuro Technology platform Neuphoria was the big winner from the River Rival startup competition that closed out the Something Tech conference in Brisbane.  The company, responsible for the Focusband wearable brain frequency-sensing headwear, won both the Best Product and Best of the Best Award. “It was such an honour for Neuphoria to win River Rival’s… Read more »

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AI/Machine Learning

AI is now being used by cybercriminals to listen to your typing for passwords

- August 10, 2023 3 MIN READ

Be careful who you type your passwords in front of: cyber criminals can figure out which keys you’re pressing simply by getting a carefully trained AI model to listen to you type – and the technique even works over phone calls and Zoom sessions. Documented in a newly published paper, the acoustic side channel attack (ASCA) involves recording… Read more »