Digital Capability

Preparing Victoria for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century

What is Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) refers to simulated human intelligence performed by computers and machines.

Why is it important?

The capacity to benefit from, and adapt to, the challenges and opportunities presented by this cognitive revolution is arguably one of the greatest strategic issues facing Victoria and Australia at large. In addition to the threat of jobs losses, the issues of mass data collection and privacy are also of concern!

The biggest strategic need facing our city and society

On Wednesday 8 August 2018, in a first for Australia, Victorian MPs from all sides of politics met at Parliament House to discuss what is arguably the greatest strategic issue facing our society, Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Co-convened by the Victorian Minister for Innovation and the Digital Economy, The Hon. Philip Dalidakis MP, and Shadow Minister for Innovation, David Southwick MP, the inaugural Victorian All-Party Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence (VAPPGAI) meeting featured Matt Kuperholz, Partner and Chief Data Scientist at PwC Australia.

Voted by his peers as Australia’s number one Analytics Leader, Matt Kuperholz briefed representatives on the nature and complexities of AI, including its various uses, opportunities, impacts and implications for Victoria, and Australia.

During the meeting both Dalidakis and Southwick acknowledged that how Government will respond to AI will impact all aspects of the Victorian community, hence the importance of discussing the challenges and opportunities that will arise as this technology develops.

Recognised as a Strategic Need in our Melbourne 4.0 report, the Committee recently formed an AI Taskforce to create a set of recommendations for State and Federal governments to adapt to, and benefit from, the challenges and opportunities presented by AI.

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