23 November 2023

Responsible AI: Your questions answered

This collection of short papers developed by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and the Australian Institute for Machine Learning (AIML) at The University of Adelaide offers an insight into the world of responsible artificial intelligence and the opportunities this presents to Australia.

Responsible AI essay collection

Responsible AI: Your questions answered provides essential guidance to aid the development of AI technologies in Australia. This summary gives an overview of the key recommendations from the report.

Australia is at a crossroads with developing AI technologies, with the potential to become a leader or laggard in technical and regulatory innovation.

In a new report by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and the University of Adelaide’s Australian Institute for Machine Learning (AIML), 13 of Australia’s top AI experts find that AI has the potential to augment, simplify and improve the way we live our lives.

However, to reach that point the nation urgently needs to build social license and public understanding, as well as spearhead new AI research and development activity to ensure AI technology is responsibly deployed and regulated.

Elanor Huntington FTSE — ATSE Board Member; Executive Director, Digital, National Facilities & Collections, CSIRO


What is responsible AI anyway?
Professor Jon Whittle — Director, CSIRO’s Data61

10 examples of AI that are here now and have been embraced by the general public
Stela Solar — Director, National Artificial Intelligence Centre


A unique opportunity for Australia: bridging the divide between fundamental AI research and usable, embodied AI
Professor Michael Milford FTSE — ARC Laureate Fellow, Joint Director QUT Centre for Robotics

Responsible AI means keeping humans in the loop: what are other social implications of the mainstream adoption of this technology
Associate Professor Carolyn Semmler – School of Psychology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, The University of Adelaide Lana Tikhomirov — Australian Institute for Machine Learning (AIML), The University of Adelaide

AI is changing the way people work: how do we skill our future workforce to ensure these new jobs stay on shore?
Professor Katrina Falkner FTSE — Executive Dean of the Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology,The University of Adelaide

Responsible data management: a precursor to responsible AI
Dr Rocky Chen, Associate Professor Gianluca Demartini, Professor Guido Zuccon, and Professor Shazia Sadiq FTSE — School of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, The University of Queensland

Open the pod bay doors please, HAL
Andrew Dettmer — National President, Australian Manufacturing Workers Union

Innovation needs to create value: how do we tool universities to remain relevant to industry needs?
Professor Simon Lucey — Director, Australian Institute for Machine Learning, The University of Adelaide

An AI-literate community will be essential for the continuity of social democracy.
Kylie Walker — Chief Executive Officer, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering


What are the limits of current AI, and what opportunities does this create for Australian research?
Professor Anton van den Hengel FTSE — Director, Centre for Augmented Reasoning, Australian Institute for Machine Learning, The University of Adelaide

Australia’s unfair advantage in the new global wave of AI innovation.
Professor Mary-Anne Williams FTSE — Michael J Crouch, Chair for Innovation, UNSW Business School

The $1 billion dollar question: What should Australia’s responsible AI future look like?
Kingston AI Group
Contributors to this article: Professor Joanna Batstone FTSE, Professor Stephen Gould, Professor Anton van den Hengel FTSE, Adjunct Professor Sue Keay FTSE, Professor Dana Kulić, Professor Jie Lu, Professor Simon Lucey, Professor Michael Milford FTSE. Professor Ben Rubinstein, Professor Svetha Venkatesh FTSE, Professor Toby Walsh

What are we doing now to ensure that Australia is recognised as a global leader in responsible AI, and what else should we be doing now and into the future?
Dr Ian Opperman FTSE — NSW Government’s Chief Data Scientist, Department of Customer Service