The following article was posted on the Consumers Federation of Australia website on 3 April 2019:
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the most transformative forces of our time, and is bound to alter the fabric of society. Over the last decade, major advances were realised due to the availability of vast amounts of digital data, powerful computing architectures, and advances in AI techniques such as machine learning. To ensure that we stay on the right track, a human-centric approach to AI is needed, forcing us to keep in mind that the development and use of AI should not be seen as a means in itself, but as having the goal to increase human well-being. Read more in the European Commission’s Draft Ethic Guidelines for Trustworthy AI.
CSIRO’s Data61, IAG and the University of Sydney are the founding partners of the Gradient Institute: The Science of Ethical AI, an independent not-for-profit research institute whose purpose is to progress the research, design, development and adoption of ethical AI systems in Australia. In 2018 the Australian government committed $29.9 million over four years into artificial (AI) funding, and is developing an ethics framework in partnership with industry and research organisations around the use of data, with a focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning, read more here.