IoT turbo-charged by AI, advanced robotics, automated vehicles incorporating sensing data with other datasets, powerful big data analytics like machine learning driving automated decision-making. The collection of technologies we are currently calling artificial intelligence (AI) is heralding the next industrial revolution. We are now seeing their rapid convergence into systems – cyber-physical systems – that will have unprecedented impact on humanity through deep economic, social and cultural shifts.
To face challenges like these head on, the ANU strategic plan outlines the need for new education models and new pathways towards commercial and social applications for ANU research, via structures adjacent to established research and teaching programs. Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell was appointed the first of the new ANU Entrepreneurial Fellows and founded the 3A Institute in 2017 on these principles.
After 20 years as a techno-anthropologist in Silicon Valley, Genevieve returned home with the conviction that the world needs a new applied science to enable the safe, ethical and effective design, integration, management and regulation of cyber-physical systems.
We need this applied science now. Creating it in an accelerated timeframe is the 3A Institute’s mission.The 3A Institute is an ANU strategic initiative