The greatest risk with AI is not moving fast enough to deploy it: Microsoft


The greatest risk relating to artificial intelligence (AI) is not deploying it fast enough in all fields of human endeavour, according to Dave Heiner, strategic policy advisor at Microsoft. "Any place [where] intelligence is helpful, which is just about every place, AI could be helpful as well," Heiner said at the Microsoft Summit in Sydney last week. "There's just no possibility whatsoever ... if AI is just being run by four or five companies, that it can possibly be deployed broadly enough." Heiner also noted that AI -- although he prefers the term "computational intelligence" -- is about "amplifying human ingenuity" in industries such as education, healthcare, and government, rather than making humans redundant. Holding a similar view, chief storyteller and GM of Microsoft AI Steve Clayton said the company is urging business leaders to "replace the labour-saving and automation mindset with a maker and creation mindset".

Victoria announces all-party group for AI development


Victoria has become the first Australian state to set up a special group specifically to study the social and economic impacts of artificial intelligence (AI). The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence appears to be modelled on a UK version set up last year that has already examined the impact of machine learning on human jobs. The all-party group, announced in Melbourne on Wednesday by state Minister for Innovation Philip Dalidakis and opposition leader David Southwick, includes MPs across the political spectrum. The Victorian Parliament paired with Committee for Melbourne and RMIT University for the announcement in front of Parliament House, with Dalidakis tweeting that "It is up to all us [sic] in the public & private sector to embrace the opportunity [and] not be fearful of it [AI]." Federal parliamentarians Bridget McKenzie and Ed Husic said late last year that Australia needs to have a diplomatic discussion about the potential impact of advanced AI and the boundaries that need to be established to ensure it is used for good.

Australia likely to get its own GDPR


The mandatory data breach notifications laws coming into effect in Australia next year will be followed by other laws to ensure everyone in the digital ecosystem -- including government divisions, large corporates, small to medium-size enterprises (SMEs), and consumers -- are playing their role in keeping Australia "cyber secure", according to Senator Bridget McKenzie. McKenzie, who is the chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence, and Trade Legislation Committee, likened cyber breaches to the "system of disease in the pre-industrial revolution that just swept through". "Cyber breaches have the capacity to wipe out industries, wipe out systems, wipe out communities, if every member of that community or that cyber ecosystem isn't following best practice when it comes to keeping their information secure," McKenzie told ZDNet at the Australian Computer Society's Reimagination Thought Leaders' Summit. "It's not just defence's job or ASIO's or DSTO's or the government's indeed, but every SME and private homeowner needs to have an eye for cybersecurity, making sure their data's safe." McKenzie said mandatory data breach notifications laws, set to come into effect next year, is a step towards keeping organisations alert and accountable, with other laws expected to be introduced in Australia in the upcoming years, possibly similar to those coming into effect next year in the European Union.

Calls grow for Canada to ban 'killer robots'


Some think a killer robot like the one in The Terminator are a long way off, but there are growing fears about the future of lethal autonomous weapons systems.

CIO interview: Adrenaline junkie leaps from big pharma to cloud services


Diana McKenzie caught the IT bug from her school counsellor. As the young student sat down to discuss what academic programmes to take, the counsellor told her a story. In this guide we reflect on 50 years of business software and the evolution of ERP. We also discuss Oracle's shift to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and explore the proliferation of cloud integrations. You forgot to provide an Email Address.