What a month! What a year! We welcomed special guests and friends of the Institute to join us in celebrating the year that was with our first cohort of Masters students. Microsoft Global CEO Satya Nadella paid us a visit. We have launched the 3Ai Scholarship Fund. And we are undergoing preparations for our next group of students in 2020.
We are also thrilled to announce that our friend Professor Kate Crawford, co-founder of AI Now, will be presenting her work on AI and Power at the ANU in December. Details on how to register and more below...
Microsoft visits 3A Institute
On 21 November, our Director Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell hosted Microsoft Global CEO Satya Nadella here at the 3A Institute. The 30 minute whirlwind tour of the Institute allowed the Microsoft delegation to interact with our staff and Masters students.
There was much excitement as Nadella engaged enthusiastically with our pilot cohort and their work:
Introducing 'Isaac': Tom Chan and Stephen Fry had investigated Isaac, the book delivery robot at the National Library of Australia. They discussed the potential for something so innocent to be turned dangerous by an owner with different intentions. Nadella grappled with the AI control problem. "The best defence," he says, "is having diverse teams creating these cyber physical systems." We agree wholeheartedly.
Captivated by 'Cognitive Cubes': Felicity Millman, Matthew Phillipps, Olivia Reeves and Sam Backwell had the opportunity to showcase their prototype learning platform and discussed with Nadella the possibilities of deep personalised learning in the classroom.
Vice Chancellor Brian Schmidt and College of Engineering and Computer Science Dean Elanor Huntington attended the tour. The Vice Chancellor reiterated the importance of academia-industry relations under the ANU Strategic Plan in his closing remarks. This visit is a major touch point in the relationship with Microsoft, who sponsor the 3A Institute Masters program.
The Microsoft visit has since been reported in the Australian Financial Review and the Microsoft News Centre. You can read the articles here:
Last week we hosted a gathering of staff, students, partners, donors and friends of the Institute to celebrate the year that was. This marked a huge milestone for our pilot cohort of Masters students, as they completed their second semester of research-led learning. The evening was also the perfect forum to thank the many people and organisations who are supporting us as we strive to keep the humanity in technology. Many thanks go to our partners Microsoft, KPMG and Macquarie.
The 16 incredible humans who make up #3AiFirstCohort will forever be a part of the 3Ai story, especially as we welcome future cohorts into the fold. They will now be going out into industry, government, academia and the community to apply their skills as emerging practitioners of the new branch of engineering. You can check out their profiles on our website. Watch as they change the world!
PLAY: #3AiFirstCohort share their first impressions of the 3Ai Masters, how things have changed, the highlights of 2019, and their plans for the future.
Give to the 3Ai Scholarship Fund
CECS Dean Elanor Huntington announced the launch of the 3Ai Scholarship Fund at our End of Year Event. We at the 3A Institute are so grateful to Gillian Pearl (photographed here alongside Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell). It is her generosity that has prompted the establishment of the fund which will ensure equity of access to our 3Ai Masters program into the future.
To tackle the big questions on the effective design, integration, management and regulation of AI we need diversity in the conversation.
Anyone can donate! Please share with your friends and encourage them to support us too. Together we can make sure we build the future we want to see.
Keep an eye out over the following weeks as we reveal our new look (featuring the ever-adorable Guilty Robot, pictured here).
We are all about the retro-futurist vibe for 2020.
Many thanks to Teresa Herd for her incredible designs. If you have visited 3Ai recently, you will see them adorning our walls and sparking inspiration as we build an AI-ready world!
Join the rich intellectual community at Data & Society: Apply to be a Faculty Fellow.
Our friends at Data & Society have an open opportunity for scholars of any discipline who are engaged in research at the intersection of technology and society. It is a 10-month position beginning in September 2020 and comes with a stipend, workspace, programmatic support, and the chance to be a part of the community at Data & Society.
Genevieve Bell at the Australian Academy of the Humanities' 50th Symposium
The 50th Academy Symposium and free public events were held 13-15 November 2019 at venues around South Bank, Brisbane. The theme: ‘Humanising the Future’.
Genevieve presented on cybernetics and in particular this most excellent quote of Norbert Weiner's that to be successful in this new world, "either the engineers must become poets, or the poets become engineers".
A recording of the talk will be available soon and we will add it to our YouTube playlist.
#Techtonic - the symposium focused on Shaping Australia’s AI future
On 15 November, Genevieve Bell joined the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Hon Karen Andrews and 150 people from across the AI ecosystem in Australia.
Genevieve talked about the need to create an AI-ready society, which means supporting not just commercial enterprise, but also thinking about how we see ourselves in that world, where we have come from and where we are going.
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