Standards Australia recently released the “Artificial Intelligence Standards Roadmap: Making Australia’s Voice Heard.” The comprehensive report, commissioned by the Department of Industry, Science, Energy & Resources, provides recommendations to help Australia effectively support artificial intelligence (AI) and its future across the globe.
According to the report, AU$86 billion in focused AI programs and activities has been announced by 14 of the world’s most advanced economies since 2017. The size of the investment demonstrates the importance governments around the world are placing on this technology—highlighting the need for international standards.
“This roadmap aims to give the Australian market a better chance of capitalizing on the growing global AI sector,” says Adrian O’Connell, CEO of Standards Australia. “The clear and actionable recommendations in the report will support Australia to reach its full potential in the adoption and use of this technology.”
The report, following months of public consultations and written submissions, also addresses the concerns Australians have around privacy and management of their data.
“AI is an exciting technology with a growing future in the Australian and global market,” continues O’Connell. “Through standards, we believe we can help build confidence and safeguard against the irresponsible use of this technology and its data.”
Lee Hickin, Microsoft Australia Chief Technology Officer and leader of the Microsoft Responsible AI Program, congratulated Standards Australia for its leadership on promulgating standards that will encourage the development of responsible AI solutions.
“Standards Australia has taken a deliberately global approach with its AI Standards Roadmap, which is critically important for Australian enterprises developing solutions to use themselves or within their supply chains, or alternatively crafting products and services to market internationally,” says Hickin. “The harmonization work that it is proposing with regard to privacy standards will also help companies operating globally, and the work that Standards Australia is proposing for a management system standard for AI will further encourage the development and deployment of responsible AI.”
“The opportunity for Australia’s increased participation in the international conversation around AI is clearly outlined in the report. Standards Australia looks forward to further engagement with government, industry, and Australian businesses as we explore the many opportunities standards can provide in this space,” concludes O’Connell.