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A dialogue for the future of artificial intelligence

A dialogue for the future of artificial intelligence

Now is the time to recognise the opportunities, concerns and expectations in terms of the potential impact of Artificial Intelligence and to start to address them. KPMG launched a national dialogue to debate the issues surrounding Artificial Intelligence in Australia.


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On 7 February 2019, KPMG convened the inaugural Future AI Forum in Australia. The initiative was designed to provide a productive opportunity for collaboration, accelerated thinking and critical reflection on solutions to the multi-faceted opportunities and challenges artificial intelligence presents our nation.

Read a summary of the key takeaways from the Future AI Forum.

Key questions explored at the Future AI Forum:

  • What impact is AI likely to have on Australian society in the near and longer term?
  • What are the ethical, trust and human rights challenges presented by AI?
  • What are the AI Principles and standards that should be adopted for Australia?
  • Do we need a governing body responsible for setting standards and guidelines for the ethical use of AI that would inform self-regulation and guide government regulation and if so, what would it look like?

A diverse range of over 100 participants made up of leaders from across business, government, technology and academia – all deeply involved in AI, its use, advantages and disadvantages – brought a holistic, community view to the issues before us.

Leading experts who presented at the Future AI Forum:

  • Genevieve Bell, Director, 3A Institute and Distinguished Professor, Australian National University
  • Ross Buckley, Scientia Professor and Chair in Innovative Disruption and the Law, University of New South Wales
  • Nicole Gillespie, KPMG Chair in Organisational Trust, Professor in Management, University of Queensland 
  • Sophie Farthing, Senior Policy Adviser to the Australian Human Rights Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission 
  • Richard Boele, Global Head, KPMG Business & Human Rights Network, KPMG Australia
  • Greg Adamson, Associate Professor and Enterprise Fellow in Cyber Security at the University of Melbourne School of Computing and Information Systems.

From the forum it became clear that Australia needs a body to bring together the various discussions that are already happening within business, community and government organisations, to guide the development and use of AI in Australia.

If you would like to help progress this important work, please contact us.

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