Keeping Humanity in Technology - 3AI Fund

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Emerging technologies powered by Artificial Intelligence are changing the world around us. At 3AI, we are building a new branch of engineering to ensure the responsible use of AI. So we keep the humanity in technology.

In 2016, the World Economic Forum noted we were entering the 4th wave of industrialisation. Characterised by rapid developments in cyber-physical systems (CPS), this era will witness unprecedented economic, social and cultural impact.

CPS represent a significant shift in the application of artificial intelligence (AI). This shift from computer-enabled automation to embedded automation is marked by AI being embedded in a range of physical, often mobile objects-like drones, autonomous vehicles, manufacturing robots and smart lifts. This will hugely transform the way physical objects work, with the very real possibility of these systems acting entirely on their own. And their widespread adoption could profoundly impact our environment, work and daily lives.

So, how autonomous will these systems be? How do we define their limits and controls? Who defines their assurance framework? How do we measure their performance? More importantly, how can we ensure emerging technologies are about people first? And that humanity advances along with technology?

Engineering a new AI conversation

At the Autonomy, Agency and Assurance (3A) Institute, we understand these questions demands newer ways of thinking beyond the scope of traditional engineering and computer science. As the first ANU Innovation Institute, we are developing a new branch of engineering to ensure the responsible use of AI. This will better equip Australian workers, regulators and citizens to operate in a world being transformed by AI-enabled CPS.

The 3Ai Master of Applied Cybernetics is the world's first graduate program focusing on the challenges of taking intelligent CPS safely to scale. Led by 3Ai founder, Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell, at the Australian National University's College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Master program builds knowledge through participatory learning experiences and iterative curriculum design.

By bringing diverse perspectives and expertise together, we are helping Australia tackle the big questions on the effective design, integration, management and regulation of AI. And with your support, we can continue to build on this innovative research and educational program. It will help us offer scholarships and fee waivers to students thereby ensuring diversity in the AI conversation.

In an AI-enabled world, our future depends on the questions we ask. Your support can make sure we ask the right questions and build the future we want to see. For humanity.

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