NTT Com ICT Solutions Australia has made its financial results for 2017-18 available to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), reporting a loss of AU$12.5 million. The 12-month consolidated loss is slightly up from the previous year's AU$14 million loss. The immediate parent of the company is NTT Communications Corporation, a company incorporated in Japan, and the ultimate parent entity is Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, also incorporated in Japan. In Australia, the company is a for-profit entity and primarily is involved in systems integration with datacentre capabilities and solutions. The principal activities of the group during the financial year were described as systems integration, datacentre solutions, and cloud solutions.
A superficial look at the artificial intelligence (AI) research being done here could give that impression. General awareness of the Australian AI research community has been growing slowly for some time. AI was once considered a bit esoteric -- the domain of an almost lunatic fringe- but the large government -backed programs overseas, as well as an appreciation of the significance of AI products and potential impact on the community, have led to a reassessment of this image and to concerted attempt to discover how Australia is to contribute to the world AI research effort and hoe the country is to benefit from it. The results of this study were published by DOS in the Handbook of Research and Researchers in Artificial Intelligence in Australia (Department of Science1986).
The Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) in early 2017 was charged with looking into the structures of existing Australian government high-cost technology projects. It would classify the projects over AU$10 million as "monitor, verify, or engage", but after ceasing this terminology in mid-2018, the DTA said it no longer maintained a record of these project classifications. "Agencies remain responsible and accountable for the projects they are funded to deliver," the DTA said. "This includes ensuring that delivery risks are appropriately mitigated." Documents received by ZDNet under freedom of information (FOI) revealed 62 active tech-related projects above AU$10 million were underway by the federal government, but the details surrounding how much has been spent to date -- and how many of the projects went above the budgeted amount -- were refused under the FOI request.
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has handed Leidos Australia a 33-month contract extension to deliver end-user technology support services, a deal valued at close to AU$98 million. Leidos Australia was initially awarded the contract in 2010. "We have a longstanding relationship with the ATO, providing innovative, secure, and sustainable industry-leading solutions," Leidos Australia vice president of IT services Caroline Dawson said. We look forward to continuing this journey of delivering quality services and support." Under the extension, the company will continue to deliver end-user computing services to the ATO's 25,000-plus person workforce.
HOW would you describe Australian mammals? My work involves regularly talking to people about them. When I say that platypuses' duck-like bills can detect the electrical impulses controlling the heartbeats of their prey, or that males have venomous ankle spurs, or that their hands are like Swiss Army Knives, with different foldaway tools for swimming, digging and walking, the typical response is a wide-eyed, "That's so strange!". Not all mammals are considered equals. Why is it that the ingrained response to the incredible adaptations of Australian mammals is to call them "weird"?