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Gartner reveals nearly two-thirds of ANZ CIOs are uninterested in blockchain

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Gartner has revealed in a recent survey that 60% of Australia and New Zealand CIOs have no interest in blockchain technology. Instead, the 2021 Gartner CIO Agenda survey revealed business intelligence and data analytics is on top of the list when it comes to technology priorities for Australian and New Zealand CIOs next year. This was followed by artificial intelligence and machine learning and investments for the digital workplace. For two-thirds of the same group of CIOs, they expect investment in technology will increase in 2021, as budgets are expected to grow 1.9% on average. Gartner added the same survey indicated that 60% of ANZ respondents believe the CIO and CEO relationship strengthened during the COVID-19 pandemic, with 70% reporting there was increased engagement with their CEO, especially ad hoc, informal interactions during the crisis. At the same time, Gartner has forecast enterprise IT spending across all sectors in Australia will grow 3.6% and reach a total value of around AU$96 billion in 2021.


Australians have little trust in Artificial intelligence, new study shows

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A new study has shown that Australians are generally unwilling to sign off on wide-spread use of Artificial intelligence (AI), with less than a quarter of those surveyed approving of the growing technology. The study, conducted by the University of Queensland in partnership with KPMG, shows while 42 per cent generally accept it only 16 per cent approve of AI. More than half of Australians know little about AI and many are unaware that it is being used in everyday applications, like social media. "The benefits and promise of AI for society and business are undeniable," said Professor Nicole Gillespie, KPMG Chair in Organisational Trust and Professor of Management at the University of Queensland Business School. "AI helps people make better predictions and informed decisions, it enables innovation, and can deliver productivity gains, improve efficiency, and drive lower costs. Through such measures as AI-driven fraud detection, it is helping protect physical and financial security – and facilitating the current global fight against COVID-19."


AI and automation are kickstarting a new agricultural revolution - Create

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Salah Sukkarieh is Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems at the University of Sydney, and Director of Research and Innovation at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics. He has worked on autonomous systems for ports, mines, aerospace, and, most recently, agriculture. He recalls that when he started working on drone technology there were not many aerospace companies in Australia working on drones, and those that were were not interested in drones for agriculture or the environment as the business case didn't stack up financially. Australia's size and the remoteness of many rural areas have also been deterrents. There is strong interest from the agriculture industry in the use of robotics and automation to support farmers, and he is surprised by the number of students who are interested in working on these projects.


How automation is transforming mining's efficiency

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Mining is a traditionally analogue business. After all, the industry's symbol worldwide is a hammer and pick. Yet, despite the sector's antiquated reputation, some major mining companies are taking a progressive stance and proving digitisation and automation can achieve much better operational outcomes. Known as Mine 4.0, the industry is seeing digital transformation creep into everything from trucks, drills and trains to back-office processes, such as procurement and supply chain logistics. Miners have very little control over the revenue side of their business, as the global commodities crash of 2014 to 2015, when prices plunged by more than 30 per cent, and indeed the coronavirus epidemic demonstrate.


Early warning: human detectors, drones and the race to control Australia's extreme blazes

The Guardian

Perched in his fire tower high above the pine trees, Nick Dutton leans back and nods to the cascading hills and mountains behind him. "I love being out here, just away from stuff," he says. "I mean, you can't really complain." Dutton, a fire tower operator, is sitting in his office, a tiny cabin propped high above the treetops by metal supports that sway with the wind. His walls are littered with compass points and references, each a guide to the bush stretching in every direction along the eastern ACT-NSW border.


Council Post: How Innovative AI Solutions Can Help Combat Global Warming

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Ashok, CEO of UnfoldLabs, is an innovation veteran who believes in making the world a better place with futuristic technology products. Australian researchers have suggested a 2050 scenario of doomsday for humanity. Climate change is the biggest and toughest global problem humanity faces today. Global warming requires innovation from the brightest and the best. Our scientists have turned to artificial intelligence (AI) for the best possible solutions because it is easy to proactively predict and build models immediately.


What's Machine Learning?

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By now, you've likely heard a thing or two about machine learning. But what exactly does that mean? The key question is: what problem is machine learning meant to solve? What does it do well that other branches of artificial intelligence can't? Machine learning handles big data much more efficiently than either human brains or other approaches to artificial intelligence.


Forget a 5G iPhone 12, I care more about a $99 HomePod Mini

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Apple is set to announce the iPhone 12 during its Oct. 13 digital event. Given the event's "Hi, Speed." While Apple's first 5G phone will certainly be the star of the show, I'm much more interested in one of the other possible announcements, an updated HomePod and a rumored $99 HomePod'Mini'. Because our phones may be the gateway to us as individuals, but voice-enabled smart devices (like the HomePod) and the data-driven networks behind them are the gateway to our homes. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying the HomePod will make up more of Apple's revenue than the iPhone any time soon.


In Australia, couples will breed artificial intelligence

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Amica's new app uses artificial intelligence (AI) to help divorce couples fairly and separate their assets.


Australia wants AI to handle divorces -- here's why

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An online app called Amica is now using artificial intelligence to help separating couples make parenting arrangements and divide their assets. For many people, the coronavirus pandemic has put even the strongest of relationships to the test. A May survey conducted by Relationships Australia found 42% of 739 respondents experienced a negative change in their relationship with their partner under lockdown restrictions. There has also been a surge in the number of couples seeking separation advice. The Australian government has backed the use of Amica for those in such circumstances.