The federal government is committed to reducing potential risks from the use of artificial intelligence technology (AI) and to promoting We are seeking feedback on how to build a secure framework for
Amid growing debate around the responsible use of AI, Science and Industry Minister Ed Hoosik released two discussion papers on AI this week, with the government adding to ensure AI growth in Australia is ethical. said it was taking steps to
of the government Safe and responsible AI in Australia discussion paper We examine existing regulatory and governance responses in Australia and abroad, identify potential gaps and suggest some options for strengthening frameworks governing the safe and responsible use of AI.
Second discussion paper from the National Science and Technology Council, Rapid Response Reports: Generation AI assess the potential risks and opportunities associated with AI and provide the scientific basis for discussions on how to move forward.
“Using AI safely and responsibly is a balancing act that the whole world is grappling with right now,” said Husic.
“Whether it’s fighting superbugs with new AI-developed antibiotics or preventing online fraud, the benefits are enormous. Appropriate safeguards are required to ensure this.
“Today is about what we will do next to build trust and public confidence in these important technologies.”
The government already believes in the potential of AI and includes $41 million in its budget to accelerate the widespread use of AI in business.
But this emerging technology faces an uphill battle for support, as only a third of Australians are willing to trust AI at the moment.
But Simon Bush, CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), warned that strict regulations applied in isolation from the industry would stifle innovation.
“In our opinion, with many existing AI use cases in areas such as transportation and healthcare, a self-adapting framework could be effective in managing the adoption of such technologies.” said he.
“We are seeing best practice guardrails evolve through collaboration between academics and industry leaders. Governments need to support this effort and engage industry in potential regulatory frameworks.” be.”
AIIA recently Navigating AI Reports: A Guide to Using and Adopting AI We help organizations move responsibly and legally toward the adoption, development and use of AI without stifling innovation.
Bush said generative AI has the potential to transform industries and society.
“But it also raises regulatory and social challenges, which we accept. We urge governments to consider providing greater support for this work to implement AI adoption guidelines and to establish an AI registry to ensure transparency and eliminate bias and prejudice. We urge you not to create obstacles to the growth of the industry and not harm where AI is being used,” he said.
Both submissions are open until July 26th. The paper and details are available here.