NSW summit to tackle the ethics of AI

Published: 13 Aug 2019

Released by: Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government, Minister for Customer Service

Some of the country’s brightest minds will be brought together to collaborate on how the NSW Government can best utilise Artificial Intelligence (AI) for policymaking, with the announcement of a NSW AI Thought Leaders Summit on 29 November.

Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said the inaugural summit will bring together representatives from academia, industry, government and science, to explore opportunities for the use of AI across agencies.

“AI has the potential to transform service delivery and make life easier for people, and this summit is an opportunity to learn from some of the country’s top experts,” Mr Dominello said.

“This summit will identify next steps for the use of AI in NSW, and test the NSW AI ethics framework and AI Strategy, both of which are being developed.

“AI is already being used to manage the NSW train fleet, predict the future location of bushfires and predict water pipe failure. Any use or expansion of AI must be subject to the right oversight mechanisms, including privacy, to prevent misuse.”

It is estimated that automation, including AI could deliver a $2.2 trillion boost to Australia’s national income between 2015 and 2030 due to productivity gains.

The summit will be held at NSW Parliament. Additional details will be provided in due course.

Further information is available on the Digital NSW website.

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