AI research institute established in Australia

The Australian National University has announced the creation of an Autonomy, Agency and Assurance Institute (3A Institute), to focus on developing Australia’s artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities. Co-founded with CSIRO’s Data61, Australia’s largest data innovation network, the 3A Institute ‘will bring together the best researchers from around the world and a range of disciplines to tackle complex problems around AI, data and technology and managing their impact on humanity’. While welcoming the initiative, Arthur Sinodinos, Minister for industry, Innovation and Science noted that AI ‘represents a huge opportunity for Australia, but in order to seize this opportunity, we need a collaborative approach to understanding its implications’.