Leading
The Future

The future isn’t coming. It’s already here. Together, we’ll make sure it’s a good one.

Advanced robotics, smart grids, autonomous cars, machine learning. Cyber-physical systems are literally all around us—systems that, as they converge, will have an unprecedented economic, social and cultural impact on humanity.

So, what do we humans do now?

We develop a new applied science to ensure the responsible use of Ai. We push Ai into a new realm, to tackle Ai’s questions from all different angles. And we create a new school where those questions can be asked. 3Ai is that school. Founded and led by Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell at the Australian National University's College of Engineering and Computer Science. 3Ai was created to enable the safe, ethical and effective design, integration, management and regulation of cyber-physical systems.

So that as technology advances, humanity advances with it.

Join us in keeping the humanity in technology.

Research

In 2016, the World Economic Forum suggested we were entering the 4th wave of industrialisation; one characterised by cyber-physical systems—an era that will undoubtedly result in significant economic, social and cultural shifts for we humans. At 3Ai, we recognize that this new era demands new ways of thinking.

Building a new intellectual approach is critical—and a large part of finding the answers we seek is by ensuring we’re asking the right questions. As such, our research centres around the questions we should ask of cyber-physical systems. We were established with the 3 A’s— and since then we have been exploring two more. As we discover and develop our research we expect that to change again!

Autonomy

HOW DO WE DESIGN FOR AN AUTONOMOUS WORLD?

This is both a technical set of questions and a philosophical and public policy set of questions. Just because we can automate something, should we? When we translate human processes into machine processes, what do we need to consider?

Agency

HOW MUCH AGENCY DO WE GIVE TECHNOLOGY?

As the ability for machines to act independently of human oversight increases with each new tech breakthrough, conversations need to be had about how much agency we give to intelligent cyber-physical systems. Are we comfortable with machines responding to their environment, and interacting with other machines, without a human to check and validate decisions?

Assurance

HOW DO WE PRESERVE OUR SAFETY AND VALUES?

Current technological progress calls for new regulatory tools and processes, as algorithms designed in different places are introduced into societies around the world. The virtual nature of these new goods and services has an impact on our ability to regulate their design and use in a way that aligns with core cultural values.

INDICATORS

HOW DO WE MEASURE PERFORMANCE AND SUCCESS?

Technical systems have typically been measured on their efficiency. However, when systems start to learn and change their behaviour over time, the objective of efficiency may begin to clash with ideals that have previously been implicitly or tacitly inserted into the process by the humans in the loop. How do we start to conceptualise building for sustainability, for beauty, for values?

INTERFACES

HOW WILL TECHNOLOGIES, SYSTEMS AND HUMANS WORK TOGETHER?

In previous decades, we interfaced with computational systems through a screen and a keyboard. This paradigm is already being disrupted as ‘smart’ objects enter our lives. What will it mean when AI-enabled systems are all around us, sensing and responding to us? How to do protect our privacy? What happens to all that data?

INTENT

why has the system been constructed? By whom? And for what purposes?

It is sometimes tempting to think of a single, monolithic AI. However, AIs will be built for different purposes and with very different intentionality, and inside different larger systems. Making sense of, and mapping, that broader intentionality is central to the emergent new applied science.

Team

EVENTS

Hopper Down Under

JULY 29-31, 2019
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Brisbane

The Australian National University (ANU) is delighted to be supporting the inaugural Hopper Down Under celebration of diversity in tech. Join our Executive Leaders in a conference for women, by women, and contribute to important conversations about the future of women in engineering, computing and technology. The College of Engineering and Computer Science is committed to striving for gender equity in engineering and computing though our transformational Reimagine project. We are proud to support this initiative as a champions for inclusive spaces for women in tech.

Genevieve Bell will deliver the closing keynote on Wednesday 31st.  

Register


Apply

2020 3Ai Masters PROGRAM

At 3Ai, we’re looking for students of all backgrounds and disciplines, who have a passion for humans, technology and the planet. Together, we can bring a diverse perspective to the Ai conversation—giving us more angles to consider, more questions to ask, and more possibilities to uncover.

We are now accepting applications for our 2020 3Ai Masters program—an immersive, small cohort Masters commencing in February 2020 and taught at the ANU campus in Canberra, Australia.

Join us and, not only will we disrupt the educational environment and develop new skills for a new, autonomous era—we’ll right the future of Ai.

Applications for 2020 are now open. Applications close 11:59pm on Sunday 25 August, 2019 AEST.

 2020 APPLICATION INFORMATION

Partners

At 3Ai, we’re committed to building the knowledge and tools needed to ensure that as technology advances, humanity advances with it. There’s only one thing we need to be successful: You. We’re looking for partners willing to invest in radical new thinking—partners that will help us create a new breed of professionals who can ask the right questions and have a positive impact on your business and the world.

 

Founding Partners

The 3A Institute is co-founded by the Australian National University and CSIRO's Data61.

Partnerships

The 2019 Pilot of the 3Ai Masters program receives financial support from KPMG, Macquarie and Microsoft.

Sounds interesting? Talk to us about partnering with 3AI

Contact Us

The 3A Institute is hosted in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.

Please use the contact form to get in touch or call us on +61 2 6125 8551

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