Would you trust your child’s health to a robot surgeon?
Robots and intelligent machines will one day takeover the tasks currently carried out by medical staff. But are we ready to place our health care in the hands of a machine?
Dr Alan Finkel will bring his perspective as an engineer to the role of Chief Scientist.
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Dr Alan Finkel took over as Australia's Chief Scientist in January this year. In this exclusive interview, he describes his approach to science, and to issues such as renewable energy and STEM jobs.
2015 saw us complete our exploration of all nine planets (including dwarf planet Pluto) in our solar system.
2015 was a year where we expanded our view of the universe, embraced new technologies and got a hint of the profound changes to come.
Robots and AI can be safe, if we make them that way.
There are growing concerns about robots, artificial intelligence and automation. Now two new organisations are seeking to produce responsible robots and advance beneficial AI.
This is her first car, and it may be the last one she owns.
Automated vehicles are set to shake up the business model of the automotive industry, resulting in less people owning cars and many more sharing instead.
The first driverless car tests are set to commence in South Australia this year.
Trials of autonomous vehicles are set to kick off in Australia this year. So how far down the road to driverless cars are we today?
Broadband is one of the technologies that will feature heavily in Australia’s future.
A new report from the Australian Council of Learned Academies paints a picture of Australia's technological future.
Any questions for Robbie?
Have questions about artificial intelligence or the future of robotics? Wondering if your job is vulnerable to automation? Concerned about superintelligent AI? Now's your chance to ask.
With automation a real threat to future jobs, school curricula have to keep up with the times.
In a report released this week, the Foundation for Young Australians claims that up to 70% of young people are currently preparing for jobs that will no longer exist in the future.
Research and technology can improve the yield and sustainability of crops like wheat.
By embracing science and technology, Australia's agricultural industry could be more efficient, productive and sustainable.
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We can give robots smiling mouths but until we can put emotion into their eyes as well we're better off with less human-looking designs.
The computer says: “I have my eye on your job.”
Up to five million Australian jobs could disappear with the next 15 years and technology advances and leads to more automation. So what should we do?
There are a lot fewer workers on the assembly line today. And it’s not just car manufacturing that has seen jobs lost to automation.
If you leaving school today to embark on a career, what should you study to protect your job from automation and outsourcing?
New thinking the way to job creation for people in the 21st century.
The more we automate jobs, the more we need to find new jobs for people, especially if the government wants us to stay in the workforce longer. That's going to take some clever thinking.
It might become a great engineer, but will unlikely be a very good social worker.
More STEM education isn't a bad thing, but if we want to safeguard our jobs from being taken by machines, we need more emphasis on the humanities.
Don’t do away with that human driver at the wheel.
Experts in the field of human factors – how people interact with machines – warn that "self-driving" cars need to be more of a cooperative effort between human driver and tech than the hype would suggest.
All digitalled up with nowhere to plug.
Reaping the rewards and avoiding the pitfalls of an increasingly digital economy will take more effort than politicians are currently putting in.
When all your appliances are internet-enabled, whose hands are holding the remote control?
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An ever-increasing number of our consumer electronics is internet-connected. We’re living at the dawn of the age of the Internet of Things. Appliances ranging from light switches and door locks, to cars…
We can be more imaginative.
The belief that technology can automate education and replace teachers is pervasive. Framed in calls for greater efficiency, this belief is present in today’s educational innovations, reform endeavours…
A morning staff meeting gets underway in 2034.
If Google chairman Eric Schmidt is to be believed, the automation of jobs will be the “defining” problem of the next two to three decades. At a debate at Davos 2014, he warned that the constant development…