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AI system can blow the whistle if people can't keep their distance


Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence monitoring system to keep track of whether people are social distancing in public spaces, and alerting local authorities if they are not. Griffith University researchers developed the system to monitor the movement of crowds of people in real-time and then applied it to look for instances of people not maintaining social distancing. An AI system which can detected social distancing breaches in real time has been praised by its creators, but raised worries with privacy advocates.Credit:Paul Jeffers Lead researcher Professor Dian Tjondronegoro, an expert in the integration of AI and business innovation, said they moved to allay any privacy concerns around the system by ensuring that no data was stored by it at any time. "We knew we couldn't keep everything on the server because it would be very slow in processing and there are also privacy concerns," he said.

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Westpac, Deloitte-backed Day of STEM launches in Australia


LifeJourney International has launched its Day of STEM initiative, aiming to show students what it actually means to have a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), with the backing of some of the country's tech heavyweights. The program, Australia 2020, aims to push students towards a STEM-based career, but operates under the assumption that telling students to study STEM is not enough to incite interest. The online platform allows kids to explore what it is like to have a career in fields such as wireless technology, cybersecurity, drone delivery, financial services, and autonomous vehicles, with students mentored by Ian Hill, chief innovation officer at Westpac; Simone Bachmann, digital trust specialist, responsible for cyber innovation and culture at Australia Post; Gerard Tracey, wireless telecommunications expert at Telstra; Anastasia Cammaroto, CIO at BT Financial Group; Celeste Lowe, cyber risk director at Deloitte; Ita Farhat, chief of staff at AMP; Cara Walsh, digital experience expert from Queensland's RACQ; Martin Levins, consultant at Australian Council for Computers in Education; and others. The program is also backed by the likes of Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers, and the Australian Computer Society, as well as an education advisory board to ensure the content stays relevant to the Australian market. A Day in STEM is pushed out to teachers and run in the classroom, with 95,000 students already signed up to the program ahead of its September 5 launch.