Po­ten­tial to game change

Ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence paving the way

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS - TESSA PA­TRICK Tessa.Pa­trick@sc­news.com.au

RO­BOTS are tak­ing over the world, but it isn’t nec­es­sar­ily a bad thing.

In fact, Dr Natalie Rens be­lieved that with the in­no­va­tion on the Sun­shine Coast, the re­gion had the po­ten­tial to be a game changer in the ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence field.

The Bris­bane-based AI spe­cial­ist had her PhD in neu­ro­science, but be­came fas­ci­nated by the pos­si­bil­i­ties that AI of­fered.

“There is so much po­ten­tial, any­thing you look at, you can think about a bet­ter so­lu­tion with AI,” she said.

Dr Rens was one of three pan­el­lists in­vited to of­fer in­sight at an AI Fu­ture Busi­ness Ben­e­fits Fo­rum in Nambour this week, where she em­braced the chance to teach busi­nesses.

“I like en­gag­ing with peo­ple on this,” she said.

“I think it’s one of those top­ics where there’s a lot of un­war­ranted bad press – there may be some jobs taken, but there will be some jobs cre­ated.

“I think if you give peo­ple a bit more un­der­stand­ing; we need to en­cour­age peo­ple to think about the pos­si­bil­i­ties.”

She be­lieved amongst a smart city, a rapidly grow­ing air­port and a bid for a sub­ma­rine ca­ble, the Sun­shine Coast had the pos­si­bil­ity to har­ness AI op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“There are so many mi­crobusi­nesses on the Sun­shine Coast, so a lot of our talk was what is AI and how do peo­ple start to get in­volved,” she said.

Dr John Flack­ett, who holds a PhD in ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, said any­one could ben­e­fit from the use of emerg­ing tech.

“Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence is a spe­cial­ist field and can seem out of reach for many peo­ple,” he said.

“The real chal­lenge is cut­ting through the hype sur­round­ing AI and cor­rectly iden­ti­fy­ing busi­ness cases for the ap­pli­ca­tion of the tech­nol­ogy.”

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