National jobs summit is a chance for Australia to reboot AI, business leaders say

Earlier this week, an AI-powered rapper was removed from his label (yes, he had a label) after his algorithm learned to use racial slurs in his lyrics.

More helpfully, a recent AI trial at Queensland’s Princess Alexandra Hospital was able to give early warnings up to eight hours before a patient’s condition was forecast to worsen.

Artificial technology is about to send a “tidal wave” of disruption through the way we work, according to a once-in-a-decade forecast from CSIRO, the national science agency.

The federal government is being urged to use the upcoming national jobs summit to “double down” on policies set forth by the previous administration to ride that tidal wave, or risk being overtaken.

AI technology is forecast to replace up to half of the work being done today by 2030.

According to CSIRO Data 61 Institute Director Jon Whittle, you probably already interact with artificial intelligence all the time; you may not realize it.

He pointed to “simple” AI like Google maps and voice assistants, but also robotics in mining and storage, or AI detecting breast cancer from mammograms.

“We still sometimes talk about AI as if it’s a futuristic technology, but it’s not, it’s actually here now. We all use it every day,” Professor Whittle said.

Creative and emotional work equally exposed to automation

A 2019 McKinsey & Co report on automation in Australia exposed how quickly industries will change.

The authors said that by 2030 up to 5 million Australians could need to change their occupation due to automation, with WA’s East Pilbara, Western Sydney’s Penrith, Queensland’s Mackay, Tasmania’s West Coast and Port Pirie north of Adelaide among the most exposed places. government areas.

Even work once thought immune to automation, particularly the creative and emotional industries, is quickly proving equally exposed.

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