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An apparently unidentified object detected on a Navy plane’s infrared camera. U.S. Department of Defense/Navy Times

Why is the Pentagon interested in UFOs?

During a military mission, whether in peace or in war, the inability to identify an object within an area of operation represents a significant problem.
Social and cognitive skills such as drawing conclusions about emotional states and social interactions are least vulnerable to being displaced by AI. (Shutterstock)

How to prepare students for the rise of artificial intelligence in the workforce

A shift to outcomes-based education will enable students to gain critical automation-resistant competencies to succeed and thrive in the future workforce alongside AI.
AI researchers think there is a 50% chance AI will outperform humans in all tasks in 45 years and that almost all current human jobs can be automated in 120 years. Shutterstock

Artificial intelligence may take your job, so political leaders need to start doing theirs

There is little evidence of any strategic planning by Australia's federal and state governments to deal with social dislocation caused by AI-driven automation.
Planes have many sensors, supplying all kinds of useful data. vaalaa/Shutterstock.com

Too many airplane systems rely on too few sensors

A pilot and researcher knows that airplanes are full of sensors – and finds a way onboard computers can use the data to detect equipment failure and tell pilots what's a real emergency and what's not.
As AI is deployed in society, there is an impact that can be positive or negative. The future is in our hands. Shutterstock

The Montréal Declaration: Why we must develop AI responsibly

The Montréal Declaration calls for the responsible development of artificial intelligence. A world expert explains why scientists must choose how their expertise will benefit society.
A number of Australian nursing homes use Paro, a therapeutic robot that looks and sounds like a baby harp seal, to interact with residents with dementia. Angela Ostafichuk/Shutterstock

Before replacing a carer with a robot, we need to assess the pros and cons

It's easy to get excited about the potential for robots to help care for the sick, injured and elderly, but we need the right regulations in place to deal with issues as they emerge.
Automation has replaced workers in mining and industry, including the steelworks at Port Kembla, but most Australians are more worried about jobs going overseas. Dean Lewins/AAP

Australians worry more about losing jobs overseas than to robots

Most Australian workers are fairly relaxed about their own job security, but they do worry about the risks of poor management and outsourcing to cheaper labour.

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