Lyria-Bennett Moses is the Director at the Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation, a research collaboration between the Allens law firm and the University of New South Wales, where she is a Professor. The intersection of the law and new technologies is always fertile ground for incredibly interesting discussion. In this episode of the Commercial Disco, Professor Moses digs deep into the myriad issues related to Predictive Policing, whereby law enforcement uses tools of growing sophistication to predict – in a probabilistic sense – where crime make take place in the future. There are a lot of issues.
Australia’s mining industry is among the most competitive and most efficient in the world. It is an area in which Australia has built competitive advantage. So how do leverage the genuine scale and expertise of supply chains in the resources sector to build a globally-focused Australian technology sector. Panellists include: Larry Marshall Chief Executive at CSIRO Adrian Beer, CEO of METS Ignited Australia Sally-Ann Williams, CEO of Cicada Innovations Sharna Glover, Non-Executive Director of Robotics Australia and moderated by InnovationAus Editorial Director, James Riley.
Australian Human Rights Commissioner talks to the Commercial Disco about his deep-dive investigation of issues at the nexus of human rights and technology. “It will be to our competitive advantage if we can show to consumers overseas, that a piece of AI or new technology developed here has human rights protections baked in,” he says.
The workings of big business and government have come under intense scrutiny in recent times. The Banking Royal Commission revealed multiple instances of malfeasance. The enquiry into Victoria’s hotel quarantine debacle failed to identify who authorised the use of private security firms, despite revealing details of many emails, phone conversations and text messages. Investigations like these rely on trawling vast repositories of information in search of evidence. Technology is increasingly able to streamline searches for information and even discover important details and events that were never put on record. Public Access Deputy Commissioner in the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC) Joanne Kummrow talks with InnovationAus editorial director James Riley and Mimecast country manager for Australia, Nick Lennon on AI and the information discovery challenge.
Australia boasts one of the most competitive and efficient mining sectors in the world. It is a sector where Australia significant competitive advantage. But it is a sector that is also undergoing tremendous disruptive change through the impact of new technologies from artificial intelligence, robotics, remote sensoring and all forms of industrial automation. This is a challenge and opportunity for Australia. If we can reconfigure our supply chains in the Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector and build a strong domestic capability, we can make our mines more efficient as well as export these products and services to the world. Capability developed in our huge mining sector can be leveraged into adjacent industries ranging from agriculture and food production to defence and space.
After a 50-plus year career in technology Ann Moffatt is a living legend of the Australian industry. Certainly she is a pioneer, both as a technologist and as a woman pushing ahead in an industry that became increasingly dominated by men. It’s been a wild ride, and a life well-lived and Ann Moffatt has stories to tell. She has just published a memoir, ‘The IT Girl – 50 years as a woman working in the information technology sector’.
The federal Government’s R&D Tax Incentive largesse should go exclusively to startups and not big business, says one of Australia’s foremost software entrepreneurs. Big companies can survive without RDTI, while startups are the future of the Australian economy and need all the nurture they can get, according to Adrian Di Marco, executive chairman of Australian software company TechnologyOne.
Australian software developers complain the R&D Tax Incentive is too risky and tricky to access for their style of innovation, but there may be a quick-fire method of ensuring a software company’s RDTI claim is above board. In this episode of the Commercial Disco podcast, James Riley talks to Innovation and Science Australia committee member and serial entrepreneur Marty Gauvin and Evado chief technologist Ross Anderson about methodologies for claiming software under the R&D tax incentive scheme.
Gilmour Space Technologies, the Australian rocket startup gunning for business from SpaceX and its Starlink satellite broadband constellation, will soon begin the search for more venture capital ahead of its premier commercial space launch in 2022. “We are going to do another capital raise at the end of the year,” Gilmour Space Technologies chief and co-founder, Adam Gilmour, told InnovationAus. Gilmour Space, a Queensland-based hybrid rocket launcher, raised $19 million in a Series B in 2018 from Main Sequence Ventures and Blackbird Ventures, which led a $5 million Series A round a year earlier with backing from US-based 500 Startups.
In this episode of the Commercial Disco, Frederic Kerrest talks about launching his digital identity company Okta in 2009 during the post-GFC recession - and why such periods of turmoil are full of opportunity for fast-moving disrupters. Okta is now an 11-year-old, US$25 billion market cap global identity platform. He also offers his take on today’s global tech and geopolitical issues, including e-voting and the future of the internet. There are lessons here for Australian startup companies wrestling with the COVID recession and looking to the future.