There is a certain level of stigma that exists around using machine learning and location data in business applications, understandably due to risks inherent in exploitation of individual privacy. But if we look under the hood of society's daily web of interactions, we see that the location information economy--from GPS to radio signal based-triangulation to geo-tagged images and beyond--is now almost ubiquitous, from the moment we track our morning commute to the end-of-day search for healthy and convenient take-out for dinner.
When it comes to AI or artificial intelligence, most people may think of sci-fi or matrix movies that seem so impossible. Most people think that AI applications are helpful in the distant future but not today. However, there are a lot of business processes that fully function without the help of a human workforce. These business processes operate purely through AI technology. Nowadays, it might be uncommon to hear this kind of statement but the reality is that AI is already incorporated in today's businesses regardless of what you think.
JCU's Phoebe Arbon was presented with a Science and Innovation Award for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry last night in Canberra. "I'll use the grant to develop, train and validate an AI model to identify, count and measure abalone from an image. So, very basically, the AI model will learn to predict the weight and size of abalone from images," she said. Ms Arbon said the technology is already in existence but needs specific instructions and application to work within the abalone industry. "Currently, assessing abalone is done manually which can cause harm to the abalone, and costs each farm about $25,000 a year," she said.