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Australia tells U.S. it has no intention of hurting relationship with China

The Japan Times

Washington – The United States and close ally Australia held high-level talks on China on Tuesday and agreed on the need to uphold a rules-based global order, but the Australian foreign minister stressed that Canberra's relationship with China was important and it had no intention of injuring it. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper held two days of talks in Washington with their Australian counterparts, Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Defense Minister Linda Reynolds, who had flown around the world for the meetings despite the COVID-19 pandemic and face two weeks of quarantine on their return. At a joint news conference, Pompeo praised Australia for standing up to pressure from China and said Washington and Canberra would continue to work together to reassert the rule of law in the South China Sea, where China has been pressing its claims. Payne said the United States and Australia shared a commitment to the rule of law and had reiterated their commitment to hold countries to account for breaches, such as China's erosion of freedoms in Hong Kong. She said the two sides had also agreed to form a working group to monitor and respond to harmful disinformation and would look at ways to expand cooperation on infectious diseases, including access to vaccines.


Australia's new quantum-supercomputing innovation hub and CSIRO roadmap

ZDNet

The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre and Canberra-based quantum computing hardware startup Quantum Brilliance have announced a new hub that aims to combine innovations from both sectors. The partnership will see quantum expertise developed among Pawsey staff to then install and provide access to a quantum emulator at Pawsey and to work alongside Australian researchers. The Pawsey centre is an unincorporated joint venture between the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University, and the University of Western Australia. It currently serves over 1,500 researchers across Australia that are involved in more than 150 supercomputing projects. Quantum Brilliance, meanwhile, is using diamond to develop quantum computers that can operate at room temperature, without the cryogenics or what it called complex infrastructure of other quantum technologies.


Australia releases Artificial Intelligence technology roadmap

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The Australian Government released its artificial intelligence (AI) technology roadmap during Australia's inaugural AI summit Techtonic, held recently in Canberra. As reported, 'Artificial Intelligence: Solving problems, growing the economy and improving our quality of life' was developed by CSIRO, Australia's national science agency. The roadmap outlines the importance of action for Australia to capture the benefits of AI, which is estimated to be worth AU$ 22.17 trillion to the global economy by 2030. It was developed for the Australian Government in consultation with industry, government and academia. The roadmap is intended to help guide future investment in AI and machine learning, and accompanies Artificial Intelligence: Australia's Ethics Framework, a discussion paper prepared by CSIRO's Data61 and published by the Australian Government in April 2019.


Canberra Gives AU$32m for Autonomous Decision-Making Research

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The governmenbt of Australia is subsidizing the study of responsible, ethical, and inclusive autonomous decision-making technologies. The Australian government is providing AU$31.8 million to the Australian Research Council to study responsible, ethical, and inclusive autonomous decision-making technologies. The Center of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society, which will be based at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), will house researchers who will work with experts from seven other Australian universities, as well as 22 academic and industry partner organizations in Australia, Europe, Asia, and the U.S. The global research project aims to ensure machine learning and decision-making technologies can be used safely and ethically. Said RMIT researcher Julian Thomas, "Working with international partners and industry, the research will help Australians gain the full benefits of these new technologies, from better mobility, to improving our responses to humanitarian emergencies."


Australian support for African spatial data

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Lisa Cornish is a Devex Reporter based in Canberra, where she focuses on the Australian aid community. Lisa formerly worked with News Corp Australia as a data journalist for the national network and was published throughout Australia in major metropolitan and regional newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph in Melbourne, Herald Sun in Melbourne, Courier-Mail in Brisbane, and online through news.com.au. Lisa was awarded the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the New South Wales Institute of Surveyors.


A novel framework of the fuzzy c-means distances problem based weighted distance

arXiv.org Machine Learning

A novel framework of the fuzzy c-means distances problem based weighted distance Andy Arief Setyawan a,1,, Ahmad Ilham b,1 a Department of Information and Communication, Pemalang District Government, Pemalang, Indonesia b Department of Informatics, Universitas Muhammadiyah Semarang, Semarang 50354, Indonesia Abstract Clustering is one of the major roles in data mining that is widely application in pattern recognition and image segmentation. Fuzzy C-means (FCM) is the most used clustering algorithm that proven efficient, fast and easy to implement, however FCM uses the Euclidean distance that often leads to clustering errors, especially when handling multidimensional and noisy data. In the last few years, many distances metric have been propose by researchers to improve the performance of the FCM algorithms, and the majority of researchers propose weighted distance. In this paper, we proposed Canberra Weighted Distance to improved performance of the FCM algorithm. Experimental result using the UCI data set show the proposed method is superior to the original method and other clustering methods. Keywords: clustering, fuzzy c-means, euclidean distance, weighted distance, canberra distance 1. Introduction Cluster analysis or clustering is the process of partitioning a set of data objects into subset or clusters, where the objects in a cluster is similar to onenull This document is a collaborative effort by Intelligent Systems Research Group Indonesia and Informatics Department Universitas Muhammadiyah Semarang.


Wing Officially Launches Australian Drone Delivery Service

IEEE Spectrum Robotics

Alphabet's subsidiary Wing announced this week that it has officially launched a commercial drone delivery service "to a limited set of eligible homes in the suburbs of Crace, Palmerston and Franklin," which are just north of Canberra, in Australia. Wing's drones are able to drop a variety of small products, including coffee, food, and pharmacy items, shuttling them from local stores to customers' backyards within minutes. We've been skeptical about whether this kind of drone delivery makes sense for a long, long time, and while this is certainly a major milestone for Wing, I'm still not totally convinced that the use-cases that Wing is pushing here are going to be sustainable long term. I've still got a bunch of questions about these things. For example, does the drone have any kind of in-flight sense and avoid?


Google's drone delivery service just got approved for public use in Australia

Mashable

Drone deliveries have been the subject of many a flashy promo video over the years, but until now, they haven't been available for everyone to use whenever they want. That's still the case in most of the world, but one part of Australia just won the ability to get things delivered through the air. Limited drone deliveries courtesy of Wing are now available in Australia's capital city of Canberra, the drone service announced on Monday. Wing is part of Alphabet, making it one of Google's corporate siblings. At first, Wing drone deliveries will only be available in three suburbs: Palmerston, Franklin and Crace.


Autonomous drones that can 'see' and fly intelligently

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Drones have been given'eyes' and a new algorithm to help them fly intelligently, reaching their target position when GPS is not available. Dr. Jiefei Wang, a researcher from UNSW Canberra Trusted Autonomy Group, used an Xbox Kinect sensor as an input camera to help drones'see' their environment. Jiefei developed algorithms to process the video footage image by image, to help the drones know their own speed, motion, and to detect obstacles so they can reach their target position--a completely autonomous system. "Depth information is crucial for locating objects," Jiefei says. "Human beings can use one eye to see the world but need two eyes to locate. For example, try closing one eye, then point your index fingers towards each other and bring them together. Most people will find this difficult."


Google Testing Out Coffee Delivery By Drones In Australia

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Is drone delivery the future of deliveries? We know that some companies are already working on such technology, and a recent video published by the Wall Street Journal has revealed that over in the state of Canberra, Australia, Google is already testing out and making deliveries by autonomous drones. Through an app that users can download, they will be able to select the various food items that they want, and the order will be sent to the restaurant who will then prepare the food, package it, and attach it to the drone who will then fly to the customer. From what we can tell, customers will be able to choose their delivery location, meaning that say you're in the park, you can just drop a pin on your location and it'll be able to deliver to you. This is versus more conventional delivery services which usually require you to have a fixed address like a home or an office.