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NICTA (National ICT Australia) is Australia’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Research Centre of Excellence. It is an independent company in the business of research, commercialisation and research training. With over 700 people, NICTA is the largest organisation in Australia dedicated to ICT research.

NICTA is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and the Australian Research Council through the ICT Centre of Excellence program. NICTA also is funded and supported by the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland and Victorian Governments, ANU, Griffith University, University of Melbourne, UNSW, UQ, QUT and University of Sydney.


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Imagine a machine that can learn things from scratch, no pre-programmed rules. What could it do? Flickr/Marco Abis

Machines master classic video games without being told the rules

Tech companies are investing big in artificial intelligence research that allows machines to learn things from scratch, with no pre-programmed rules. So what's the potential for this new technology?
Popular friends on social media could give enough warning to make plans to reduce damage some natural disasters. Flickr/Rob Gross

Popular friends on social media can help save you from disasters

You may think your social media friends are only good for keeping you up with all the latest gossip and trends but research published today has found they can also help save you in the event of any natural…
Science fiction has plenty of tales of AI turning against society including the popular Terminator movie franchise, here depicted on brick wall art. Flickr/Garry Knight

Artificial Intelligence should benefit society, not create threats

Some of the biggest players in Artificial Intelligence (AI) have joined together calling for any research to focus on the benefits we can reap from AI “while avoiding potential pitfalls”. Research into…
Elon Musk has invested heavily in artificial intelligence – and yet he’s warning of its dangers. JD Lasica

Elon Musk is right: we need to talk about artificial intelligence

Last week, Elon Musk warned an audience at MIT that: we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I had to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that. Musk is the…
As an enabling technology, ICT reaches into many fields including health, cybersecurity and engineering (shown here). Kevin Tong/Flickr

Australia’s got ICT talent – so how do we make the most of it?

AUSTRALIA 2025: How will science address the challenges of the future? In collaboration with Australia’s chief scientist Ian Chubb, we’re asking how each science discipline will contribute to Australia…
Internet-based businesses have been quick to understand the science behind big data, and are using it to increase profitability. Flickr/Rick Chung

Big business culture leads to big data failure

Much of big data comes from people. Web logs, mobile phone usage, financial transactions, insurance claims, you name it: it’s being recorded for potential further analysis to generate business value and…
Once you get a taste, it’s hard to stop playing Candy Crush … but why? emi iemei/Flickr

Totally addicted to apps: difficulty makes Candy Crush so sweet

It’s been said that in a city, you’re never more than two metres away from a rat. But it seems more likely that you’re never more than two metres from someone playing the puzzle game Candy Crush Saga…
Avoid frustration and tears while shopping online this holiday season. Global Reactions

Online shoppers: before you click that ad, read this

Christmas is fast approaching, and this year is set to be the biggest ever for online shopping. Hundreds of millions of dollars will be spent by Australians alone. And every year, the flurry of online…
A home-made hexapod robot on display at a Mini Maker Faire at Somerville in the US. Chris Devers

Makers bridge the gap between science and art

One evening when I was young, my father confiscated my radio because he said I was playing it too loud (I wasn’t). Fortunately, I had a bunch of broken down receivers in my room, so I built a new one…
Corporate data, once resigned to magnetic tapes, is now able to be manipulated on a much finer grained scale. TunnelBug/Flickr

Big data and big business: it’s what you do with it that matters

The crucial thing about “big data” is the data. “Big” is relative, and while size often matters, real disruption can come from data of any size. This is not a new idea, being several hundred years old…
In the event of a crisis, turning to social media could mean the difference between life and death. Dustin Diaz

When bushfires sound alarms, social media can save lives

These days, social media and online apps have become a major source of disaster information and warnings. But how much can we trust them? Today, more than 82% of Australians use the internet and 76% can…
Anything could happen if we don’t teach machines to be “good”. KennethMoyle

Rise of the machines: how computers could control our lives

Predicting the future is a risky business. If it wasn’t, we’d all be very wealthy by now. The Danish physicist Neils Bohr famously opined: “Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future”. Despite…
The cut-and-choose technique has been preventing tantrums since antiquity. free form by prudence

Cutting cake (and eating it too) – the sticky maths of fair division

I work on the mathematics of sharing resources, which has led me to consider emotions such as envy, behaviour such as risk-taking and the best way to cut a cake. Like, I suspect, many women, my wife enjoys…
Olympic athletes – among others – will benefit from the new technology. Tracey Nearmy/AAP Image

Smart sensors save swimmers seconds

For Olympic swimmers, the blink of an eye can be the difference between first and forgotten. Everyone wants an edge, which is why elite athletes train relentlessly and why coaches push them hard. Alongside…
Remember people told you to back things up? Remember? Sybren A. Stuvel/Flickr

Frustration to salvation: a code to end computer crashes

Computer crashes and software bugs are infuriating and – usually belatedly – teach us the value of regular back-ups. But could they be a thing of the past? We’ve all been there: the work of days or weeks…


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