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AI Taskforce

July 25, 2019 | Discussion

The Artificial Intelligence Taskforce Steering Committee is in the process of finalising its recommendations for the eight strategic focus areas, which will form the basis of the Committee for Melbourne Report on AI to be released to Industry, Government and Community in the coming months. The Steering Committee comprises the following Committee for Melbourne members: Allens, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, CSIRO Data61, Deloitte, EY, Jacobs, Monash University, Nous Group, PwC Australia, and Telstra.

CSIRO Creating Australia’s data-driven future

July 25, 2019 | Discussion

The world around us is changing, fast. Every sector of the global economy has been re-defined by digital disruption. Australia, like most countries, is witnessing unprecedented structural changes in its economy, industries and labour markets. This new global and local reality is often referred to as “The Fourth Industrial Revolution” or “The Data Economy.” It has created an urgent national imperative to diversify Australia from an industrial-era, resources economy to a sustainable and globally relevant knowledge-based services economy.

Ethics and AI/International Leading Thinkers at the AI Summit

July 25, 2019 | Discussion

The ethical implications of AI is arguably one of the greatest challenges of our modern era, affecting the future of humanity. Committee for Melbourne is collaborating with the British Consulate-General in Melbourne to bring two leading international AI ethics experts to Melbourne in August who will share their insights and research at the Digital AI Summit on 27 August. Dr Mariarosaria Taddeo is a Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute and Deputy Director of the Digital Ethics Lab. Dr Taddeo will be joined by Roger Taylor - Chair, the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (United Kingdom).

Melbourne 2021 – UITP’s Global Transport Summit is coming to Melbourne!

July 11, 2019 | Events

In 2021, the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) Global Public Transport Summit is coming to Melbourne. With almost 130 years of history behind it, the summit is the world’s biggest event dedicated to sustainable mobility. Having just returned from a highly successful 2019 edition in Stockholm, Sweden, delegates from across Victorian Government are currently looking for industry partners to get involved in Melbourne 2021.

A boost to mid-sized business is a boost for the Australian economy | Grant Thornton

July 11, 2019 | Discussion

Representing less than 1% of Australian businesses, mid-sized business (annual sales revenue of $50m to $500m) is the forgotten child – to the extent that there is no real data on the size or impact of this segment on the Australian economy. Grant Thornton’s report on the contribution of mid-sized business to Australia highlights how initiatives and strategies geared to support and grow this segment could have a tangible impact on the Australian economy in just five years.

Melbourne Airport Link-what Melbourne can learn from Hong Kong

July 11, 2019 | Discussion

Here is what he had to say about what Melbourne can learn from Hong Kong. It makes fascinating reading. The Victorian government has given the green light to progressing the business case for the much needed Melbourne Airport Rail Link (MARL). 8 Billion passengers will be using Melbourne Airport by 2038 and currently there is no reliable, fast and frequent service to the CBD and surrounding suburbs.

Integrated Communities: Australian Unity and Summer Foundation

July 11, 2019 | Events

Australia is experiencing a dire social infrastructure gap in housing and services with government expenditure on housing increasing only 1% between 2011 – 2018. 2011 Australian of the Year and Chair of Summer Housing Simon McKeon and a panel of experts from government, industry and the research sector discussed what can be done.

Arcadis | Shared Mobility: Effect on Property & Infrastructure assets

July 11, 2019 | Events

The Committee recently co-hosted an event with design and engineering consultancy Arcadis, discussing Melbourne’s readiness for the impact of Autonomous Mobility on its property and infrastructure assets. Australian Cities Director Stephen Taylor presented research collated through client interviews and an online survey for both Melbourne and Sydney.