8 October 2020
Calls for the establishment of a Centre for Augmented Reasoning (CAR) have finally been answered, with the Government announcing $20 million for the University of Adelaide's Australian Institute of Machine Learning (AIML).
"I have been lobbying the Federal Government since the 2018 Senate Future of Work and Workers inquiry to support a South Australian research centre dedicated to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Augmented Reasoning. The Government has finally listened," Senator Patrick said.
"I am very excited about this Centre which will be a major drawcard for the smartest young minds in the state to stay here in SA, and will have a particular focus on increasing female participation in this exciting and dynamic research field."
"There is a lot of uncertainty and misunderstanding about Machine Learning and Augmented Reasoning, but it's an important emerging form of AI that Australia must embrace if we are to be a leader in technology."
"AI is about making machines act intelligently, whether it be powering the face recognition in your phone, allowing us to ask SIRI questions or help us work out the best way to get to a destination in the current traffic conditions. The CAR will help Australia develop further advancements in AI that make technology easier for everyone to use."
"Whether we develop AI here or buy it from overseas, it's coming. So, let's do it here and assist our bright young people to develop AI and deliver it to the world. I’d rather it be Aussie AI, designed by Aussies, controlled by Aussies and exported by Aussies."
"Government should be looking at increasing our technological capability, more so as we work our way out of the COVID-19 disrupted economy and the CAR will be play a big part in this."