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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Women in tech

A new report into STEM equity shows tech still has a massive and ongoing gender diversity problem

- July 27, 2023 2 MIN READ

The technology sector’s gender diversity problem is to continue for the foreseeable future according to this year’s STEM Equality Monitor. However however the tech sector is doing better than other STEM disciplines in offering wage parity between female and male graduates and better prospects for those entering the workforce. Published by the Federal Department of… 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

Everyone’s on board for an Australian national ID using biometrics

- June 30, 2023 2 MIN READ

State and territory governments have agreed, with the Commonwealth, to increase their use of biometrics for identification in a bid to make the federated ID scheme more resilient to fraud and identity theft. Identification services are spread across the states and territories, that are in charge of driver licences and birth certificates, and the Commonwealth… Read more »

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AI/Machine Learning

Sam Altman, the guy behind ChatGPT, reckons AI won’t take ALL our jobs – and lead to working at higher levels

- June 22, 2023 2 MIN READ

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman downplayed the potential for the technology to take over jobs at an event in Melbourne last week, saying instead the technology will instead put “higher expectations” on human beings. Altman has an unsurprisingly optimistic view about human nature will respond to the rise of AI, saying he doesn’t think people will… Read more »

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Politics

CHEQUE OUT TIME: the Australian government’s payments strategy plan goes digital, ending cheques by 2030

- June 9, 2023 3 MIN READ

Buoyed by dramatic changes in the way consumers pay for goods and services, Australia’s payments processing ecosystem will be overhauled based on a new strategic plan that includes the phasing out of cheques and full transition to the New Payments Platform (NPP). The newly launched Strategic Plan for Australia’s Payments System – developed through consultation with regulators,… Read more »

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Politics

The Australian government is going to force Big Tech to scan your photos and emails for illegal things

- June 7, 2023 3 MIN READ

Tech giants will be forced to scan Australians’ emails, online photo libraries, cloud storage accounts and dating sites for illegal content or face fines of nearly $700,000 per day, the eSafety Commissioner has said after rejecting two proposed industry codes as inadequate. Developed by key service providers and delivered to eSafety in February for review, the problematic… Read more »

AI
AI/Machine Learning

AI ‘godfather’ Geoffrey Hinton pulls the pin with Google over artificial intelligence dangers

- May 3, 2023 2 MIN READ

Turing Award winner and AI pioneer Geoffrey Hinton has resigned from his position with Google in order to speak more openly about the dangers of artificial intelligence, raising questions about whether tech giants have silenced the people most qualified to inform the public about the emerging technology’s effects. In 2012, Hinton and two of his students, Ilya Sutskever… Read more »