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Earth, globe, data, world

Data science has boomed over the past decade, following advances in mathematics, computing capability, and data storage. Australia’s Industry 4.0 taskforce is busy exploring ways to improve the Australian economy with tools such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data analytics. But while data science offers the potential to

There’s been a lot of hype about blockchain over the past year. Although best known as the technology that underpins Bitcoin, blockchain is starting to disrupt other industries, from supply chains to energy trading. One of the key selling points of blockchain is that once data is added to the

What do we want driverless cars to do in unavoidable fatal crashes? Today researchers published a paper The Moral Machine experiment to address this question. To create data for the study, almost 40 million people from 233 countries used a website to record decisions about who to save and who

earth, digital, globe, world

The digital transformation of society has brought many immediate benefits: it’s created new jobs and services, boosted efficiency and promoted innovation. But when it comes to improving the way we govern, the story is not that simple. It seems reasonable to imagine introducing digital information and communication technologies into public

transfer, money, payments, financial services

Most credit card fraud takes place online or over the phone. It’s not the cards that are stolen, but the details. The Australian Payments Network finds they are used to amass 85 per cent of the money stolen using Australian credit cards, without the need to steal the cards themselves.

Australia, 5G, IoT, connection

Who will build Australia’s 5G mobile phone network? Not Chinese telecommunications infrastructure company Huawei, which was recently excluded from involvement via a statement from then acting home affairs minister Scott Morrison – now prime minister – and communications minister Mitch Fifield. Sign up for Which-50’s Irregular Insights newsletter Australia’s 5G

When it comes to the tech giant Google, secret plans to launch a new search service in China prompted a furious reaction from more than 1,400 of the company’s employees. A staff letter, obtained by Buzzfeed and published late last week, says: “To make ethical choices, Googlers need to know

The uptake of robotics technology is increasing at a startling rate. In the US, robot sales are predicted to increase by at least 15 per cent per year between 2017 and 2020. Contrasting that to the human race, with an annual population increase of approximately 1.1 per cent per cent,

Uber self driving car

The US National Transportation Safety Board has released a damning preliminary report on the fatal crash in March between a cyclist and a driverless vehicle operated by Uber. The report does not attempt to determine “probable cause”. Nevertheless, it lists a number of questionable design decisions that appear to have

The Turnbull government today announced the creation of a new National Data Commissioner to oversee the implementation of greater data access and “sharing” in Australia. This follows the government’s announcement late last year of a “consumer data right” relating to banking, energy, phone and internet transactions. This has been promoted